Posted 07 Nov, 2018 | By Chris Page

Pepper and Politicians

October was, to put it mildly, an eventful month. It was a month which saw the majority of markets down steeply, as fears of higher interest rates in the US combined with worries about the US/China trade war. In the UK, the Prime Minister survived the latest round of calls for her head, and the Chancellor delivered his Budget a month earlier than everyone had expected. The trade war between the US and China showed no sign of being settled…

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Posted 06 Sep, 2018 | By Chris Page

Virtual Reality

August used to be known as the ‘silly season’. Everyone who made the news was away on holiday, nothing happened and newspapers were desperate to fill their pages. So rather more obscure stories made it into print… That, of course, was before Donald. And Brexit. And Venezuela, Argentina and Greece. And… In short, August is now just another month and this year it saw the world’s two most powerful economies, the USA and China, continuing their trade war as the…

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Posted 07 Aug, 2018 | By Chris Page

Trade Wars: Return of the Donald

On the face of it, the news in July really could not have been much worse! The threat of a trade war between the US and China simmered throughout the month, and then on 31st July President Trump ramped up the tension with proposals of a 25% tariff on $200bn of Chinese imports. China has already placed retaliatory tariffs on some American imports in response to the first wave of ‘Trump Tariffs’ (yes, they even have their own page on…

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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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