This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Adrian Browne, UK&I Transaction Advisory Services Markets Leader, and Kirsten Tompkins, UK&I Transaction Advisory Services Lead Content Editor. What stands out most from our 2018 word cloud is ‘More’. We clearly used that word a lot! This last year had more volatility, more uncertainty, and more disruption – but … More What happened in 2018?
My immediate answer is “riskier uncertainty”. Not knowing what happens on 29 March 2019 isn’t new. But although we now have a deal; the events of the last seven days seem to have increased probability of no deal. This is a new level of uncertainty with a rapidly approaching cliff-edge. Which is why, rather than trying … More What does Brexit mean now?
This week’s blog comes from Jon Slatkin, an EY Partner specialising in Rapid Transformation and Peter Matthews,Head of Advanced Manufacturing and Mobility. The automotive sector is in the crosshairs of four of the biggest challenges facing businesses today. With such a potent mix of environmental, economic, trade and disruptive forces, it’s hard to say what … More Why is the automotive sector at a crossroads?
The World Cup reminds us how much many of us still strongly identify with nation states. In many major economies this sense of nationhood is increasingly being expressed through greater nationalism and a drive towards protectionist policies. Indeed, one way or another trade is going to dominate the markets this summer, through growing global tensions … More Trading places
Last week I picked out the first five of my ten areas to watch this summer – including oil, which has lived up to its volatile billing. As with so much we discussed, pricing is difficult when structural change has ripped up the old playbook. This week I’m turning my attention to five more issues … More What I’m watching this summer (Part 2)
Profit warnings have grabbed the headlines, but the headline number is actually pretty average for the time of year. What’s extraordinary is the detail behind the profit warnings we saw in an eventful first quarter – and what these warnings say about the rapid reshaping of a large part of the UK economy. … More Profit warnings signal high street blues
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – the more things change, the more they stay the same! This has pretty much been the theme of the blog for the past few years. You only needed to look at volatility indices – and the growth in their derivatives– to appreciate the extent of this stasis. … More 2018 is shaping up to be (subtly) different