Category: Economic update

The week also saw the start of the ECB’s quantitative easing (QE) programme

In this week’s bulletin: Euphoric Europe? US equities lose ground but the start of the ECB’s long-awaited quantitative easing programme supports further gains in European markets. Oil prices retreat again, putting pressure on energy stocks. New pension freedoms come into…

Britons still favour savings in cash

In this week’s bulletin: Eurozone laboratory Central bank action in the UK and US has supported financial markets and economic recovery, now the eurozone has introduced quantitative easing. Anticipation of the eurozone’s bond buying programme has fired European stock markets.…

February ended with stock markets advancing at a steady clip

Plain sailing? February ended with stock markets advancing at a steady clip and moving clear of the turbulence that marked the start of 2015.   In this week’s bulletin: Financial markets reacted positively to the US Federal Reserve’s steady-as-she-goes message…

A confident march

A confident march The year has started with a series of market-moving events, but stock markets are at record or recent highs. In this week’s bulletin: European investors have shown faith in the ability of the eurozone to reach a…

Eurozone brinkmanship pushes Greece to the edge

In this week’s bulletin: Governor Mark Carney forecasts “good deflation” in the first half of the year. Hopes remain for a compromise over Greek bailout negotiations. Consumers need advice to help make the right decisions over new pension’s freedoms. A…

Eurozone brinkmanship

Financial markets have entered an unsettling period as Athens and its creditors determine the future of Greece and the eurozone. Also in this week’s bulletin: The European Central Bank’s adoption of a €1.1 trillion asset-buying scheme provided ballast for global…

Greek theatre

The Syriza party victory in Greece brings closer a showdown over Europe’s austerity policies, but markets have largely brushed off the result. Also in this week’s bulletin: The outcome of Greece’s election will spell uncertainty for investors, however, the new…

Oil and Greece

In this week’s bulletin: Wall Street’s attention last week shifted from oil markets to the latest round of US employment figures – and further overall positive data for the US economy. The eurozone has slipped officially into deflation as markets…

London offers stable haven for global investors

In this week’s bulletin: Diverging economies is a major theme for 2015. Global markets hinge on US central bank policy. London offers stable haven for global investors. We wish you all a Happy New Year! Epiphany (of sorts) Twelfth Night…

UK inflation hits a 12-year low to provide some cheer

In this week’s bulletin: Markets stage a recovery on signals that the Federal Reserve is in no rush to raise interest rates Russia’s woes deepen although the rouble rallies at the end of the week UK inflation hits a 12-year…