July 2, 2020

UK

The UK economy shrank by a record 20.4% in April as a consequence of the measures taken to control the coronavirus outbreak. This has essentially wiped out 20 years of economic growth in a single month. The UK economy is predicted to be hit hardest in the Western wor...

June 16, 2020

Ex Brewin Dolphin research head and board director Matthew Butcher has joined A&J Wealth Management as chair of its investment committee to oversee the client investment proposition. Butcher, more latterly CEO of Albermarle Street Partners, will work with Adam Hughes,...

June 2, 2020

UK

Boris Johnson announced on May 10th that the UK would start easing some of the lockdown restrictions. This was not received well by the media who pounced on the perceived lack of detail in the message. Opposition leader Kier Starmer was quick to criticise and say wh...

May 6, 2020

UK

The UK Economy has taken a huge hit in the past 4 weeks as government restrictions extend into May. Large parts of the economy have ground to a complete halt and many businesses are turning to government for help. UK composite PMI slumped to 12.29 in April, a record...

April 2, 2020

UK

The pound plummeted to multi-decade lows (since the mid-80s) on falling sentiment and concern over the UK’s approach to containing the coronavirus outbreak. Brexit was beginning to weigh on sterling prior to this so we’ve seen a bit of a double whammy for the currenc...

March 19, 2020

Introduction

The world continues to reel from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The sheer speed in which a public health emergency has turned into a global one and subsequently into an economic crisis, is shocking. What initially appeared to be a Chinese problem has ra...