Walker Crips' Market Commentary

  • 117. Economists forecast inflation falling below Bank of England's 2% target by April

    06:40
    UK inflation data released last week provided a surprise as headline inflation remained steady at 4% year-on-year, defying expectations for a slight increase. The core Consumer Price Index ("CPI") was also below forecast at 5.1%. Monthly CPI figures declined 0.6%, contrasting with the anticipated 0.3% drop. Despite services inflation persisting at 6.5%, slightly below projections, economists are optimistic, forecasting a dip in inflation to 3.4% in February and a return below the Bank of England's ("BOE") 2% target by April...Stocks featured:RELX, Centrica and NatWest GroupTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 116. UK witnesses the strongest services sector performance since May 2023

    07:42
    In a week of diverse developments, the Bank of England ("BOE") conveyed a nuanced stance on interest rates. Deputy Chief Breeden's speech on Wednesday suggested waning concerns about the necessity of future rate hikes as inflationary pressures ease. This sentiment resonated with the BOE's recent policy statement, indicating a potential review of the duration at current rate levels. Despite acknowledging receding inflation pressures, Breeden remained cautiously optimistic, emphasising the need for sustained evidence of inflation returning to target levels.…Stocks featured:Vodafone, BP Plc and UnileverTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 115. Monetary Policy Committee split three ways over interest rate change

    06:53
    Last week the Bank of England (“BOE”) voted to keep interest rates steady at 5.25%. The decision represented a rare divergence of opinion with the Monetary Policy Committee split three ways, for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. Two committee members advocated for a 0.25% interest rate hike, another voted for a 0.25% interest rate cut, while the remaining six members opted for the status quo. The BOE affirmed the need for a restrictive monetary policy to address inflationary pressures, yet hinted at a forthcoming review on the duration of the current interest rate levels.…Stocks featured:Pets at Home, GlaxoSmithKline and DiageoTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 114. Bank of England risks undermining own inflation policy

    08:15
    Last week, Bloomberg published an article detailing that the Bank of England (“BOE”) should revise its inflation tightening bias or risk undermining the credibility of its own policy. Despite unchanged guidance since August, inflation has eased faster than expected, wage growth has softened and the economy has slowed. A delicate balancing act lies ahead for the BOE as it navigates through the Spring Budget and an impending general election later this year. With new economic forecasts expected in February, the BOE might recalibrate its policy communication to align with the evolving economic landscape…Stocks featured:EasyJet, Associated British Food and Crest Nicholson HoldingsTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 113. UK CEOs most optimistic about growth in G7 nations

    08:10
    Last week, UK inflation figures surprised on the upside, with the headline Consumer Price Index showing 4%, surpassing the consensus estimate of 3.8%. Core inflation also exceeded expectations at 5.1%, deviating from the forecasted 4.9%. Despite the increase, economists caution against overinterpreting this data, as inflation is projected to reach the Bank of England's (“BOE”) 2% target by the spring. Nevertheless, this data counters market complacency, suggesting the BOE might delay the pivot towards interest rate cuts until later in the year. The market is now largely pricing in the first interest rate cut in May, with the expectation of overall rate cuts in 2024 decreasing from 1.25% to 1.10%...Stocks featured:Dunelm Group, Flutter Entertainment and OcadoTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 112. A delicate balance between stagnation and contraction

    08:27
    According to the latest figures announced by the Office of National Statistics last week, the UK economy grew by 0.3% in November 2023, surpassing the expected 0.2% expansion by economists polled recently by Reuters, after contracting by 0.3% in the previous month. The services sector, buoyed by robust performances in retail, car leasing and computer games, played a pivotal role in this recovery. Strong Black Friday sales and a reduction in industrial action also contributed, alongside reduced fears of a technical recession. However, Bloomberg cautioned that the 0.3% rebound in November may not be sufficient to dispel concerns of a recession, highlighting the delicate balance between stagnation and contraction....Stocks featured:Greggs, Marks & Spencer and WhitbreadTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 111. Looming general election adds layer of uncertainty for the UK economy in 2024

    06:31
    The first week of the new year unveiled a mixed outlook for the UK economy as surveys of economists published in the Financial Times and The Times portrayed a consensus on sluggish growth in 2024, teetering on the edge of a technical recession. Analysts anticipate gross domestic product growth between 0% and 1%, with a looming general election adding a layer of uncertainty. The Bank of England (“BOE”), while expected to cut interest rates, is likely to tread cautiously as the battle against inflation continues. According to The Times survey, economists foresee at least two rate cuts in 2024. Concerns about business investment persist with hopes resting on pre-election giveaways and an increase in real disposable income...Stocks featured:Next, JD Sports and ClarksonTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 110. UK house prices fall 1.9% in December

    07:40
    Last week saw the Bank of England ("BOE") stand firm on its key rate, leaving interest rates unchanged at 5.25% and dismissing talks of imminent rate cuts, a day after the Federal Reserve signalled its intention to cut rates in 2024. BOE Governor Andrew Bailey emphasised the ongoing fight against inflation, challenging investors who had increasingly bet on rate cuts. Despite BOE warnings, traders remained unfazed, forecasting interest rates of 4% by the end of the next year, as reported by The Times.Contrary to market expectations, The Times also reported that the Confederation of British Industry (“CBI”) predicts that the BOE will not cut interest rates until 2026 due to persistently high inflation. The CBI outlook suggests that the base rate will stay at 5.25% for at least two more years, impacting consumer spending and business investment. The CBI's growth forecast of 0.8% in the UK for the coming year underscores concerns about the prolonged impact of elevated interest rates on the economy...Stocks featured:Currys, Chemring Group and EntainTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
  • 110. Bank of England expected to keep interest rates on hold this week

    06:49
    The UK economy shows promising signs of stabilising following the recent economic slowdown induced by soaring inflation and successive interest rate hikes. At the Bank of England’s (“BoE”) upcoming monetary policy committee meeting this week, the committee is expected to keep interest rates on hold as wage growth remainsrelatively high and inflation levels remain elevated. The British Chamber of Commerce highlighted that the UK economy will continue growing until the end of 2025, albeit at extremely low levels. The report highlighted prolonged higher interest rates, trade barriers and limits on consumer spending as headwinds which present a low growth environment. A Reuters poll indicates a split among economists regarding the timing of the BoE's potential rate-cutting cycle, with opinions varying on both the initiation and eventual levels of rate cuts....Stocks featured:Moonpig Group, Paragon Banking Group and Ashtead GroupTo find out more about the investment management services offered by Walker Crips, please visit our website:https://www.walkercrips.co.uk/This podcast is intended to be Walker Crips Investment Management’s own commentary on markets. It is not investment research and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or trade in any of the investments, sectors or asset classes mentioned. The value of any investment and the income arising from it is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise, so that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Movements in exchange rates can have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of any non-sterling denominated investment. Nothing in this podcast constitutes advice to undertake a transaction, and if you require professional advice you should contact your financial adviser or your usual contact at Walker Crips. Walker Crips Investment Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.
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