From VIX to avocados

This week we highlight seven charts, taking us through the maelstrom of market themes that we take into summer. It is still a hopeful picture, but not as benign as some indices suggest. Liquidity may smooth over a multitude of stresses for some time yet, but some pinch-points are still emerging.

Adding capabilities

In the search for growth, what’s the most important question on business leaders’ minds? Our survey says: “how can I future proof my business?”  It’s a central issue for companies and one that we think is changing the way they are thinking about deals. Companies are still buying for reach and scale; but increasingly they’re looking to buy skills, … More Adding capabilities

Confident?

How confident are UK companies? Our latest UK Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB) shows UK companies surveying the world, acknowledging the risks and adapting to new circumstances. Confidence in the economy and markets is still there, but companies also expect less growth to come from organic sources as they adapt to new economic patterns.  So, this … More Confident?

What does the general election mean for capital?

When we said the second quarter would bring new challenges, a snap UK general election wasn’t on our minds, but political uncertainty was. Therefore, it’s interesting that markets currently seem to be pricing in greater certainty as a result of this week’s announcement. We don’t know if this election will run more to script than … More What does the general election mean for capital?