UK Budget 2017

WEEKLY COMMENT 23-11-2017

By Barry Edwards

UK Budget 2017

The comment on the budget has been extensive with the prominent remark being “nothing very special”. Most of the content was pre announced in some form or another and the expenditure commitments are spread over years ahead making the impact of the investment less impressive. Most commentators stated the Chancellor did the best he could with the limited scope available to him. If you would like to look at the full report click on the link below; read more

Relaunching the EU

WEEKLY COMMENT 9-11-2017

By Barry Edwards

Relaunching the EU

 

The Centre for European Reform (CER) published earlier this week a report entitled ‘Relaunching the EU’. It has been written by the directors and research fellows at the CER and is a document that examines and analyses the problems of the EU and proposes solutions to reform how the EU functions without any treaty changes initially. It is well written and is comprehensive in its explanations causing the document to be 60 pages long. If you click on the link below you can read the report. I would recommend reading the introduction and conclusion about 8 pages; read more

BofE Inflation Report

WEEKLY COMMENT 2-11-2017

By Barry Edwards

BofE Inflation Report

The rise in bank rate to 0.5% by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England (BofE) came as no surprise to anyone and the statement to gradually raise rates further to manage inflation was also expected. It is clear from the inflation report that the MPC are forecasting that inflation will fall back to the 2% target during the course of next year but they expect domestic inflationary pressures will gradually pick up as spare capacity is absorbed and wage growth recovers. If you click on the link below you read the full report; read more