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UK government's mini-budget reversal restores some calm to financial markets

Season 1, Ep. 52

It was a turbulent week for markets and British politics. On 14th October Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked as the Chancellor meaning he was the second shortest serving Chancellor in British history at 38 days. He was replaced by Jeremy Hunt who swiftly announced a reversal of the majority of the tax cuts previously outlined, helping to bring nominal yields down on government bonds and restore some calm to financial markets. Following the mini-budget on 23rd September, where the prospect of a large surge in government borrowing on the back of the announced spending increases and tax cuts, the UK markets had been extremely volatile. Nominal yields on government bonds surged with the 30 year gilt yield crossing 5%, the pound fell and equity markets had seen high volatility. After being down just over 2% during the past week markets rebounded on first the rumour and then confirmation of Kwarteng’s sacking to finish 17th October broadly flat.


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ASML, Goldman Sachs, Hargreaves Lansdown, Johnson & Johnson and Moneysupermarket


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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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