UK Economy

Domestic smaller companies poised to lead UK recovery

Domestic smaller companies poised to lead UK recovery

A host of UK smaller companies have reported results ahead of analysts’ expectations in what JPMorgan fund manager Katen Patel deems to be the start of a strong re-rating for domestic earners. ‘The Covid-19 crisis hit UK company earnings hard last year – mid and small...

A budget with a short term boost for businesses

A budget with a short term boost for businesses

After enduring a long year of lockdowns and daily press briefings, we find ourselves with an economy 10% smaller and a national debt burden substantially larger. It will no doubt have brought reassurance to individuals and businesses across the country to hear the...

Value breaches tech boom low

Value breaches tech boom low

Value has experienced its longest period in the doldrums since the great depression of the 1930s and is now cheaper relative to growth than it was during the height of the tech boom. JP Morgan fund manager Ian Butler sees parallels between today and the late 90s with...

Standing out from the crowd in UK equity

Standing out from the crowd in UK equity

Most equity investors generate returns by buying shares of stocks they think will go up. However, investors can benefit from stocks that they think will go down, using a technique called short selling, or ‘shorting’. To take a short position, an investor borrows the...

Can better buses solve Britain’s productivity problem?

Can better buses solve Britain’s productivity problem?

‘Investment, be it in human capital or physical infrastructure, must be the way to level the country up’. The UK has a productivity problem, everyone agrees that. Since the financial crisis of 2008-09, growth of output per worker has remained pretty much flat. Output...