Economic focus

Let’s face it. It has been a tough old year in the market. Twelve months ago, the true implications of the pandemic began to sink in. Lockdown 1 was introduced, the NHS was nearly swamped and the…

They say that a week is a long time in politics. It is turning out to be a positive age in markets.

Markets have been undimmed by the recent rise in positive Covid-19 cases – particularly in America.

It was American President, Harry S Truman who coined a phrase to describe the difference between a recession and economic depression.

Just how big a threat is the Coronavirus to the health of the global economy?

Indeed, so far as economic forecasting is concerned, you might consider it more an art than science.True, there is a positive cornucopia of data for economists to sift through in order to come up with…

Some thirteen years ago, having left the bank that had taken over the firm for which I had worked, I broadened my reading to take in research from a wide variety of new (to me) sources. One Swiss…

A distinguished panel, which comprised the BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner, a senior ex-police officer who had been involved in Counter Terrorism, an American lawyer specialising in…

X But the difference today is that there is no single issue on which one can focus to try to determine what likely outcomes might arise. Rather, there are a variety of areas where sufficient…

Take technology as an example. The largest companies in the world are now the technology giants that play an ever increasing role in our daily lives. The impact that technology has upon economic…

While investors in the US have been buoyed by impressive economic growth and low unemployment, other parts of the world have been less sanguine over the effects of the President’s actions. Emerging…

Yet in June last year it had fallen to within a whisker of $40 a barrel, while last May it flirted – admittedly briefly – with $80. True, you may well have noticed that the price of fuel at the pump…

While shares calmed swiftly, it unnerved many investors who were concerned at the trigger for this sudden correction. Behind the slump in sentiment was some payroll data from the US that suggested…

His insight into what was going on around the world and how it might impact on markets was useful to me, now that I no longer could ask the in-house research team what was likely to happen. Better…


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