Italian Elections -trouble brewing

The Italian Elections on March 4th are worth watching out for for two principle reasons; possible instability in Italian sovereign bond yields and also a test case for a possible end to austerity for a highly public indebted nation. The election results are likely to be inconclusive and garnering a coalition may be difficult given differing agendas and personalities but polling suggests there is a loose populist majority between the Five Start Movement, Berlusconi's Forza Italy and the Northern League may occur.

BREXIT and Financial Services- risks overstated

We have published an in depth report looking at the impact on BREXIT on the financial services industry. The report examines the importance of the industry to the UK economy, the current regulatory environment and the potential impact on the City under two scenarios ; the acceptance of equivalence and WTO. Please contact us for a copy of the report.

US bonds- will they wreck the party?

This note examines the recent move upwards in US Treasuries and the impact they have had on equities. We examine the prospects for US and European bonds and the impact for equities. Please contact us for a copy of the note.

Fair Winds in the West

This presentation outlines outlines our key recommendations for 2017. Global growth is picking up strongly, particularly in the US and Eurozone. The key rise is a rise in bond yields. However we remain optimistic on equities seeing scope for earnings upgrades. In terms of bonds while we expect US yields in particular to move out we remain of the view that the bond/ equity arbitrage is broadly in place. Please contact us for a copy of the presentation.

Productivity and Wages - better than forecast?

We have published a note examining the OBR's somewhat pessimistic economic view which we judge to be too bearish. The substantive reason for their concern is over productivity and in this note we highlight why we think the underlying position is stronger than they argue. Associated to this we re-examine the prospects for wage growth and again conclude there are grounds for optimism. Please contact us for a copy of the note.