Walbrook speaks at IEA schools conference in Hull

It was a pleasure to get the opportunity to speak to school pupils at Wyke College, Hull discussing the outlook for the UK economy with 100+ well informed A level students. The key areas of discussion included how monetary policy could safely be unwound, could the Eurozone survive without fiscal and debt union and the impact of China on the global economy.

EU's May Day

Yesterday saw Mrs May's first major speech outlining the detail on 'BREXIT means BREXIT.' The only analysis one can make is that HMG is working towards a 'hard' BREXIT outside the Single Market, ECJ, freedom of movement and significant budget payment but trying to strike a free trade deal. The paper briefly summarises the content of her speech but then examines where the pit falls lie and where the key negotiating strengths and weaknesses rest. We look at likely timelines and probabilities and the impact on capital markets.

Navigating the Unknown

We publish our outlook for capital markets for 2017 outlining multiple geo-political risks however we remain reasonably positive on equities with the US as our safe haven play. We expect the UK to also surprise on the upside. We see the greatest risk int he Eurozone with structural difficulties remaining unresolved. Please contact us for a copy of the note.

Political Risk - where next for popular revolt?

In this note, which we attach below, we examine some of the reasons why the political apple-cart has been over-turned and we look at the growth of non-establishment parties in the UK and the factors behind Trump’s success in the US. The key is however to look at what could happen in 2017 with some critical European national elections and we examine where the key risks lie and what the political implications of change may be. Please contact us for a copy of the note

The impact of inflation on UK equities

Given the sharp depreciation of Sterling inflationary expectations are rising. While we are less concerned about inflationary pressures than consensus this note looks at the impact of a possible rise on inflation on specific UK equity sectors. Please contact us for a copy of the publication.