Industrial Strategy

WEEKLY COMMENT 26-01-2017

By Barry Edwards

Industrial Strategy

The paper published by the government earlier this week setting out the plan for an industrial strategy was a big step in the right direction but it was a small step in preparing the country for the potential there is to make a real difference. The paper did say that this is the first stage and that further discussion and contributions will be listened to before the final draft is presented in the summer for comment by everyone. read more

Outlook for 2017

 

WEEKLY COMMENT 19-01-2017

By Barry Edwards

Outlook for 2017

Apologies for no comment last week, the computer gave up the ghost the night before I was about to write it with no alternative to hand. Now have a brand new Dell Vostro which is working out fine.

At this moment everything I read or hear is mostly predictions about the Trump administration or comment on the Brexit plan announced by Theresa May on Tuesday. It seems that investors and asset managers have confidence that Trump’s policies will be advantageous in the short term at least, while leaders of major countries and diplomats everywhere are very cautious and mainly pessimistic about the potential of his presidency. read more

Brexit and Trump

WEEKLY COMMENT 5-01-2017

By Barry Edwards

Brexit and Trump

The Christmas and New Year period has given people time to reflect on the prospects for 2017. There seems to be a lot of doubt that the British politicians can achieve the ideal arrangement for Brexit and the impending inauguration of Donald Trump could have long lasting implications for the balance of world power. Although many people are quietly hoping for a real improvement in economic growth and world peace, the commentators and economists are still pessimistic about that scenario being achieved. read more