This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Michael McCartney and Chris Lowe in our Capital & Debt Advisory Team. Divergence is one of the most influential trends in UK debt markets today. There is an increasing deviation in behaviour, in quality and in companies’ ability to access debt, which – if it continues to play … More What happens when debt markets diverge?
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?
This time last year we were on the brink of an unpredicted and unpredictable UK General Election and unexpectedly loud tightening noises from UK and US central banks. Still markets remained mostly becalmed. Given how 2018 is panning out, I’ll be amazed if this summer passes without drama. Investors are getting to grips with so … More What I’m watching this summer (Part 1)
Political risk, inflation and uncertain monetary backdrop… and still leverage loan issuance reached its highest level since the financial crisis at the start of 2017. Can nothing upset debt markets? Given the continuing high level of support from monetary policy and a better than expected economic outlook, the likelihood is that conditions will remain broadly … More What about debt?
Yesterday’s historic UK referendum has delivered a vote to leave the European Union. It will take time to work through the implications. So much is still unknown in terms of how the UK will negotiate its exit and build new trading relationships in the years ahead. But, invariably, uncertainty affects economic and capital market activity … More BREXIT
Will volatility thwart M&A ambitions in 2016? Markets have recovered from their dire start to 2016; but lingering uncertainty will keep them in a volatile holding pattern for a while yet. Thus far, this doesn’t seem to have seriously dulled companies’ deal making appetites. We are seeing fewer ‘mega-deals’, but a robust core market in … More Will volatility thwart M&A ambitions in 2016?
Global equities reached an eight week high this week. In the way this works now, this is partly because of some good news and also because of some bad news that becomes good news because it’s raised hopes for further/continued stimulus. While we all ponder how on earth we got into this confused state, here … More Hopes and fears in six charts
Market sensibility means we have to take a deeper dive into the underlying data to get a clearer understanding of what’s going on. We find that corporate sense is keeping M&A in fashion, debt markets are beginning to show the strain in places and it’s all about windows…..
Takeaways: Surprise! China has lowered rates and Brussels has all-but promised more liquidity. So, that’s currency volatility back to the top of the agenda. Markets are treating these moves as good news – for now. In a few days, they could be read as an indication of the global economy’s dire straits – that’s just the … More From Brussels (and Shanghai) with liquidity
Takeways: This week we’re bringing you a ‘back to school’ edition of the blog – although, judging from this summer’s level of activity, it doesn’t look like many of you spent that much time away from your desk. Nevertheless, we thought it would be a good time to put together our thoughts on what the … More What could the rest of 2015 hold?