Pivotal June

I don’t think we need to hype this up; June could herald fundamental changes to our capital landscape.  There is already a great deal to digest from last week’s ECB and OPEC meetings and even more to anticipate from pivotal votes on US interest rates (14-15th) and the UK’s EU membership (23rd) – in case … More Pivotal June

The winner takes it all…

What does the latest clutch of European earnings reports tell us? Revenues are under pressure and, whilst earnings are beating expectations, the bar was set very low. European companies still have a ways to go on improving their profitability and there’s certainly potential for all-round improvement. But in this low-growth, disrupted and polarized age, any … More The winner takes it all…

The future isn’t what it used to be…what next for earnings?

Takeaways:  UK companies are issuing more profit warnings now than 2014. It would be easy to blame election stutters, sterling or oil prices, but the struggle to forecast isn’t new. Volatility, price pressure and disruptive influences have proved to be a troubling mix in this recovery – especially when costs are already cut to the … More The future isn’t what it used to be…what next for earnings?

Time running out for Greece

Takeaways: D-Day rapidly approaching for Greece as time is running out to agree a deal with its international creditors, secure the release of badly needed bailout funds and avoid defaulting on its obligations. Rumours are rife that the Syriza government is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a default. The country is rapidly … More Time running out for Greece

With the 2015 General Election campaign trail just beginning, what’s being said?

Takeaways: Our newspapers, TVs and social media are becoming inundated with all-things-political as the UK trundles towards May’s General Election.  Celebrity endorsements, campaign posters, Tony Blair taking centre-stage once again and not least, Margaret Thatcher’s 18-tonne bombproof ‘battle bus’ used in her 1983 campaign going up for sale  – a steal for just £25,000. With … More With the 2015 General Election campaign trail just beginning, what’s being said?

As we power ahead, what next for the UK borrowers?

Takeaways: UK economy picks up steam with GDP, employment growth and government borrowing performing strongly Demand for credit from UK companies is on the up, with supply gaps being filled from the increasingly established alternative funders Outlook appears robust for debt capital supply, with the potential UK EU referendum a key risk on the horizon … More As we power ahead, what next for the UK borrowers?