Posted 09 Jul, 2018 | By Chris Page

Where’s all the CO2?

So, how are we all? Rather warm isn’t it? Lets start by inviting you to travel back in time to June 2016, to the day after the Brexit referendum. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, campaigning in the US Presidential election is in full swing. You are offered two glimpses into the future. The first is that two years on, the UK has apparently made no real progress in the Brexit negotiations. The second is that Donald Trump has been elected President and…

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Posted 08 Jun, 2018 | By Chris Page

Vanilla Sky (high)

Looking back to the first few days of May, the Royal Bank of Scotland was announcing plans to close 162 high street branches in the UK, Facebook said it was going to launch a dating service and, in Europe, there were rumours of a final, final (and this time they really meant it) deal on Greek debt. The real news came right at the end of May with political crises in Spain and Italy – with the Italian one threatening…

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Posted 08 May, 2018 | By Chris Page

Wives and Bromance!

April Bromance… It looked for a long time that the main headline for this market commentary would be the opening salvos in a trade war between China and the USA. The International Monetary Fund published a bullish report on world trade, saying that global growth will hit a 7 year high of 3.9% this year – giving a stark warning at the same time that trade risked being ‘torn apart’ by a protracted trade war. But then came the news…

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Posted 04 Apr, 2018 | By Chris Page

Elections, Negotiations and an empty bottle of Cognac

To say that March was a busy month is a bit of an understatement… Russia went to the polls to elect a new President and, in the least surprising result of the year, Vladimir Putin won another six year term. With the Chinese Communist Party removing the rules limiting Xi Jinping to two terms in office, two of the world’s three superpowers now effectively have presidents for life. North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, jumped on the train and headed to…

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