With less dovish tones starting to emanate from central banks globally, relatively high valuations across equities and a cooling off in the London property market, it is safe to say that we are not spoilt for choice in terms of attractive opportunities. Following a somewhat volatile second quarter, how are we positioned for Q3?
Tomorrow happens to be Canada Day, which celebrates the 1867 unification of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into what we now know as Canada. I have just returned from a trip to Canada, attending a number of conferences and meetings with our group clients and colleagues. It was my first visit to the country and, perhaps most surprisingly to me, was the difference in the prevailing political environment.
The UK earlier this month unveiled its first Budget since the public’s vote to leave the EU last year. It was a largely uneventful statement, with many of the planned initiatives telegraphed to the press well ahead of the day. In fact, the most controversial element of the Budget was the plan to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed, a move embarrassingly ditched just a few days later.