Rebecca Harding (CEO)

Losing interest? Why the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting on the 21st March still matters

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies The UK’s political turmoil will overshadow the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting this week; EU leaders will be meeting to discuss the UK parliament’s request to extend Brexit beyond 29th March and there is little doubt that this will grab headlines instead. Subject to the outcome of the EU leaders’ meeting, a no-deal Brexit looks unlikely; in consequence, the disaster scenario planning by the Bank may well be…

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Beware the Ides of March: reasons why the final Brexit countdown may not start just yet

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies Another week, another set of deadlines. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney’s, “Fog of Brexit” is unlikely to clear in the week ahead. On Tuesday there should be another meaningful vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. There is every likelihood that she will be defeated, if the vote goes ahead. If this happens, there will be a vote on the 13th…

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Confidence tricks?

Why economic data will show that there is no room for complacency Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO It seems the world has dodged the first bullets in a full-blown trade war. However predictable this was, the news that the US and China were agreeing Memoranda of Understanding on a range of trade issues has been greeted with an increase in the trade-weighted value of the US dollar and a sigh of relief around the collective board…

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Business as usual until it’s not usual?

Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO The last week of February could be a defining week for global trade. In the US, Donald Trump has extended the deadline on the imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods. Meanwhile, in the UK, we could see the UK Parliament taking control of the Brexit process. At the end of last week, the US President, Donald Trump, signalled his willingness to delay the process of imposing tariffs. There is no “magical…

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Uncertainty over trade, Brexit and wider geo-economic risks are starting to influence sentiment

Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO Two news stories last week illustrated just how fragile the world of trade is at the moment which will show themselves in the economic data this coming week. No, these were not Brexit or US-China trade stories; defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy on the 14th February did not especially bother markets, nor did the extension of US-China trade talks in Beijing create a particular boost. The uncertainty around both are largely…

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