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Date: June 26, 2017
Changes to the benefits system since 2010, has mainly meant cuts with more to come. Between 2010-2015 there was a large scale change meaning £23 billion in cuts.
Frenkel Topping Welfare Benefits and Personal Injury Trusts Manager, Tracey Atkinson provides an invaluable update on Welfare Benefits and changes to entitlement and allowances.
Date: June 26, 2017
Weakness in energy prices were the theme of the week, with oil in New York and London dropping into a bear market on concerns that expanding supply in the U.S. and Libya will counter output cuts from the OPEC. This led energy stocks and the main indices lower, which were just bolstered by a rebound in tech shares. With little in the way of economic data, Fed speeches took centre stage, as markets continue to expect a September pause and a December interest rate hike.
Date: June 19, 2017
Soft economic data in the US and UK spurred concerns over economic fundamentals, however, this did not impact the central bank decisions. Fed raised interest rates for the second time in 2017, even after inflation pressures remain subdued. The BOJ kept rates unchanged amid worries of rising inflation and absence of a corresponding wage growth. The BOJ and the SNB also kept rates unchanged.
Date: June 14, 2017
Following the 'shock' announcement about the discount rate, effective from 20th March 2017, when Liz Truss, the then Lord Chancellor reduced the rate from 2.5% to -0.75% there have been many developments, not least of which her replacement as LC by David Lidington. The attached article will tell you a little more about the man responsible for publishing the governments findings following the latest consultation.
Date: June 12, 2017
Markets have reacted with relative calm to the UK election resulting in a hung parliament.
Date: June 5, 2017
The British pound was the stand-out mover amid muted moves in many markets, weakening on the prospect of a hung parliament in next week’s UK election and handing a boost to stocks.
Date: May 30, 2017
Oil remained below $50 with WTI crude at $49.11, as OPEC agrees on extension of output cuts by member and non-member nations.
Date: May 26, 2017
Andrew Ritchie QC and Ed Lamb, 9 Gough Square, enlighten the audience at Deputy Day with their presentation on Supported Capacity. Whilst a light hearted delivery keeps the delegates enthralled the information is particularly pertinent and the presentation can be downloaded here. Andrew Ritchie QC's presentation now available for download
Date: May 22, 2017
Growing concerns over the turmoil engulfing President Donald Trump’s administration weighed on risk appetite, as investors rush towards havens. Gold rebounded following Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey a week ago, as well as reports he shared intelligence with Russian officials. In the latest twist, Trump is said to have asked Comey in February to drop an investigation into a former national security adviser, raising questions he may have obstructed justice. The administration’s problems are seen as taking its focus away from policies to aid growth, hurting the US currency.