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What does an interest rate rise mean for businesses?

There hasn’t been an increase in the Bank of England Base Rate for more than ten years, with the last rise taking place in July 2007. The Bank of England’s momentous decision to increase Bank Rate this month from 0.25% to 0.5% may not sound like much of a change,…

Market Overview: France

In the thirty-year period leading up to the mid-1970s, France achieved unprecedented levels of economic growth. Affectionately referred to as “trente glorieuses” (thirty years of glory), this post-war period of prosperity and social change, saw the French economy shift from a rural-based primary sector to urban-led manufacturing and service industries….

Market Overview: Germany

The Germany economy is in a strong position, with the government expecting GDP to grow by 1.7% in 2017 and 2% in 2018.[1] This economic buoyancy has translated into record business confidence which reached its highest level[2] since German reunification in 1990, in July. On a sector basis, growth increased…

Market overview: United States

There is no doubt that the U.S. entered a new era on the 20th January with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Policy has been putting American business and jobs first, something that has resonated well with businesses and the economy, resulting in an uptick in performance. Across a number…

Market Overview: Singapore

While there has been some uncertainty in recent times, Singapore continues to perform as a strong business centric economy. Despite initial estimates, the economy grew faster than initially expected in the second quarter, signalling a recovery following a stumble earlier in the year. According to the Ministry of Trade and…

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