Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

Here's How to Fix the UK Economy

The next few months will demonstrate whether Downing Street is on top of the macro-economic agenda. If they are not, then the country is in for a rough ride.

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Today’s economic release – with the UK economy shrinking 20.4% in April – confirms that the economy is in a deep recession. This should focus attention on the policy steps needed to help the economy emerge, both to restore jobs and output in the near term and help reposition the economy in the longer term.

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We like to say it’s business as usual here at Netwealth during the lockdown and I think that is what we deliver, but certain routines are clearly different when the whole company is working from home.

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What will happen to inflation? This is one of the most important economic issues as we emerge from this crisis.

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The seven sterling Netwealth portfolios celebrated their fourth anniversary on May 31st. Although the period since launch in 2016 has covered a number of episodes where markets have been challenged, 2020 has of course felt more difficult than most.

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When there is a crisis it is natural to think about what you should change to ensure your financial future is on track. You should also consider what should stay the same.

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We’d like to share some of what we have read recently with you – to help keep you informed on subjects which affect all our lives and to occasionally give you a viewpoint you may not have considered.

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We enter June still hearing continued tragic news of the human impact of Covid-19. The bad economic news is also unrelenting, with the longest economic expansion in US history cut abruptly with what is sure to be a deep, global recession.

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How We Use ETFs in Our Portfolios

In a recent interview with ETF Stream https://www.etfstream.com/feature/10797_expert-investors-iain-barnes-of-netwealth/, our head of portfolio management Iain Barnes talked about how we use ETFs in our portfolios.

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Is the Covid-19 crisis a Black Wednesday moment for the Government? In September 1992, sterling was forced out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism. The fact that this devaluation was inevitable whoever had won the general election did not matter.

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