Tag Archives: ECB

Central banks have bad news for property investors

As the major central banks are slowly retreating from their policy of asset purchases, we will probably witness some of the side effects of this withdrawal.

Warren Buffett famously said that “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” The tide is going out only slowly, but we are beginning to see, at least in the UK, the damage the ultra loose monetary policy has done.

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Market moving info — week starting July 10, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting July 10, 2017.

Last week:          

  • The US economy created more jobs than expected, with 222,000 new positions in June compared with expectations of 178,000. But wage growth was tepid, at just 2.5%.

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Market moving info — week starting July 3, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting July 3, 2017.

Last week:          

  • The savings ratio in the UK fell to a record low 1.7% in the first quarter, from 3.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Market moving info — week starting June 26, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting June 26, 2017.

Last week:          

  • Negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union started in Brussels amid warnings by both Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that a “soft” Brexit is needed in order to prevent a deep fall in living standards.

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Market moving info — week starting June 19, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting June 19, 2017.

Last week:          

  • Eurozone ministers approved the release of a new tranche of aid for Greece that will help the country avoid a new payment crisis in July, when it has to pay €7.0 billion worth of debt.

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The first half of the year was full of humbling lessons

What a spectacular lesson the first half of the year delivered for investors. At the beginning of the year, it looked like the UK’s vote to leave the European Union was a great idea: the eurozone seemed on the brink of disintegration.

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Market moving info — week starting June 12, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting June 12, 2017.

Last week:          

  • The UK Conservative party lost the majority it had in parliament following snap elections called by Prime Minister Theresa May in a desire to strengthen her majority ahead of Brexit negotiations. The pound fell on the result as investors weighed the consequences, while the FTSE 100, dominated by exporting companies, rose.

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Market moving info — week starting June 5, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting June 5, 2017.

Last week:          

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European stocks are everybody’s darlings

The European Central Bank (ECB) will find itself the only game in town soon. It is the only major central bank still buying bonds hand over first, and therefore it is dictating the pace for private investors.

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Market moving info — week starting May 29, 2017

Here’s a summary of last week’s market moving news and a look ahead to the data, events and earnings reports that are likely to move the markets in the week starting May 29, 2017.

Last week:          

  • US economic growth data was revised to 1.2% in the first quarter from a previous estimate of 0.7%.
  • Around 24% of the electricity generated in the UK came from solar energy on Friday, a day of warm weather and clear, sunny skies.

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