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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 18th April 2016 – No.175

How windy was it last week?
If it is not central banks taking all the headlines, then it is politics and last week the latter had its time in the spotlight.  While the US campaigning took a much needed breather, all attention was focused on the biggest uncertainty facing the developed markets this quarter: Britain’s referendum on membership of the EU.
Last […]

How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 11th April 2016 – No.174

How windy was it last week?
It was a roller coaster ride last week and we are not just talking about the markets.  The Panama Papers took most of the headlines last week, an unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca.  The documents showed the numerous ways in which the […]

How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 4th April 2016 – No.173

‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen (pounds) nineteen (shillings) and six (pence), result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery’ – Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
The quote above might well apply to UK PLC as last Thursday evidenced the announcement of the UK’s current account position and it leaves us vulnerable, as […]

How Windy Is It . . .? Tuesday, 29th March 2016 – No.172

How windy was it last week?
Last week’s news was sadly dominated by atrocities carried out by radical Muslim related factions rather than noteworthy economic data. First we had the horrible events in Brussels with the bombs at Zaventem airport swiftly followed by a bomb on a crowded commuter underground train at Maalbeck station. More recently at least 69 people died […]

How Windy Is It . . .? Monday, 21st March 2016 – No.171

How windy was it last week?
Last week was a busy week with the unveiling of the 2016 Budget.  The most notable changes were the increased ISA allowance to £20,000  (post 06/04/17), and the new Lifetime ISA, which is targeted towards younger savers.  Every £4,000 you invest, the Government will top this up by a further £5,000, on the proviso that […]

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