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MONTHLY BAROMETER2021-11-10T13:54:57+01:00
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1 March 2022|

The war in Ukraine has heightened the tensions in the global economy: lower growth and higher inflation are now a given. Ideas that the possibility of a swift diplomatic or domestic solution to the conflict exists are nothing but wishful thinking. The early phase of Putin’s assault on Ukraine has not gone to plan and as a result it [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 February 2022|

With half the world infected, Omicron now looks to be in retreat. Growth is slowing down, while uncertainty and its contingent risks persist. The Fed’s approach to inflation is now certain, but is wage inflation here to stay? The pandemic has put paid to convergence. Green finance looks increasingly like a bubble waiting to do what bubbles do. What [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 January 2022|

In 2022 a mix of Omicron and inflation will slow global growth. US global dominance continues to come under pressure, while at home a civil conflict scenario is becoming more likely. Stay-at-home working is here to stay. The scarcity of good jobs will be high up on policy makers' priority lists. NFTs were 2021’s speed-of-change poster boy. All things crypto [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 December 2021|

The advent of the omicron variant means renewed uncertainty in terms of the economic outlook. Emerging countries still risk being the hardest hit. Global inflation will probably be kept at bay. But current market buoyancy looks increasingly fragile - beware of dislocations. The global economy can not be unscathed by inflation threats in US and slowing growth in China. [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 November 2021|

The post pandemic recovery is both slower and more asymmetric than anticipated. There are more structural reasons for the ‘shortage economy’ than originally thought. Without major investment in renewables the global energy market will be unbalanced. Transient inflation looks here to stay - employees are not. The great re-evaluation persists, with an altered mindset in relation to work. Effectively [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 October 2021|

With rising inflation looking more recalcitrant than expected, central banks will be more hawkish than dovish. With shortening supply chains and rising protectionism, localisation is gaining ground on globalisation. That said, the rest of the world still stands to be impacted by any hit to China’s growth inflicted by the Evergrande debacle. The Eurozone is vaccinating its way back [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 September 2021|

Delta driven deceleration is a reality, but so too is long-awaited increased productivity. Whatever we do, the climate crisis and contingent extreme weather events are not going away, but despair and obliviousness are not an option. Bright ideas and radical policy are what’s needed. China is deploying the latter to tackle inequality. A post-Afghanistan, weaker US will result in a [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 August 2021|

Beset by variants and surging infection rates the global recovery hangs in the balance. Public debt is on the rise and how to solve it is up in air. The acceleration of global warming is taking even the scientists by surprise. Those doing business with or in China today must expect the unexpected. The nature of future consumption may be [...]

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Monthly Barometer

1 July 2021|

GDP growth should be viewed in context. Central banks will do what’s needed to curb inflation. Likewise governments in terms of corporate (and other) taxation required to acquiesce domestic rumblings. Jubilant stock markets are not a reliable sign of buoyant economies. Climate change is getting hotter and hitting harder. The armoury of cyber warriors is evermore complex, efficient and [...]

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