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Bitcoin – Desperately seeking Satoshi Nakamoto

By John Wyn-Evans, Head of Investment Strategy at Investec Wealth & Investment

All the ingredients for life on earth were available in the primordial soup, but it took some unknown catalyst to create the right combinations.

Will the Bank of England Spring a Hawkish Surprise?

The September ’17 MPC meeting: Higher August CPI print highlights the risk of a hawkish surprise

Bank of England in Difficult Position After Inflation Jump

By: Richard Stone, Chief Executive at The Share Centre.

The significant increase in the headline rate of inflation puts the Bank of England in a difficult position.

Euro’s pain threshold tested but sterling investors in European assets continue to benefit

By: Jaisal Pastakia, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management

Is the ‘gig economy’ the next challenge for traditional lending?

By Jonathan Crook, Professor of Business Economics and Director of the Credit Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

The way we work has evolved significantly during the last decade.

As the UK economy slows, is it time to fall in love with the FTSE 100 again?

Over the years, the FTSE 100 has become increasingly unloved. It’s now rarely used as a benchmark for funds and, for the last two decades, has been largely outperformed by the FTSE 250.

Nature VS Nurture in the Markets

The age-old question of nature vs nurture is, in an economic sense, being played out before our very eyes.

Green bonds: An evolving marketplace but not yet compelling for UK investors

By Benjamin Matthews, Manager of Heartwood’s Ethical strategies

A growing segment of the fixed income universe is ‘green bonds

The Euro: Higher or Lower?

By Jaisal Pastakia, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management

The euro’s resurgence this year (8% higher against sterling and 12% higher against the US dollar)

Reacting to the Fall of Sterling to an Eight Year Low

Jaisal Pastakia, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management, comments on the fall of sterling to an eight year low

Softening in Global Economic Momentum Continues

By Graham Bishop, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management:

Our view of a slight softening in global economic momentum in the second half of the year

UK retail sales suffer slow start to Q3 as consumers remain under serious pressure

· Retail sales saw a small rise in July pointing to ongoing consumer caution amid squeezed purchasing power and weakened confidence. The squeeze on consumers remains appreciable despite easing marginally from May’s peak