UK inflation jumps to highest level since 2013 as core inflation rises too

Michael Baxter, economics commentator for the Share Centre said:

UK inflation jumped to 2.7% in April, from 2.3% the month before

Markets to take positive stance on growth-friendly US policy changes

By Michael Stanes, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management

Benign economic conditions, strong corporate earnings results

Outsourcing defence means outsourcing foreign policy

UPDATED 12th May 2017. In his Chatham house speech later today Jeremy Corbyn is expected to say that, if he becomes PM, he will not be pandering to an erratic Trump presidency

VIX 'Fear' Index Approaches All-Time Low

The VIX index (or 'Fear Index') fell within just 0.39 percentage points of an all-time low yesterday, which suggests that the markets are feeling more certain about the future

Macron victory marks market-friendly French election outcome

Macron’s reform agenda should be positive for economic growth in France.

Comments on French General Election Results

A few comments from the financial markets on the victory by Emmanuel Macron in yesterday's French presidential election.

UK Triggers Article 50 – Investment Company Managers Comment

On Wednesday 29 March Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon will be triggered, formally notifying the EU that the UK intends to withdraw from membership and starting the clock for leaving negotiations.

Article 50 will be triggered on 29 March – what then for investors?

The passing of the Brexit Bill through Parliament will enable Theresa May to formally write to the European Union and trigger Article 50 on 29 March

Are the US Healthcare Sector’s Frailties Treatable?

By Jaisal Pastakia, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management

The US healthcare sector has been a notable underperformer since the presidential election

UK inflation surges, real wages set to take hit

· UK inflation rises to 2.3% – highest level since September 2013
· Growth in real wages close to negative

HMRC February 2017 Property Transaction Figures

By Doug Crawford, CEO of My Home Move, comments on today’s HMRC property transaction figures for February

Global Economy, the Positive Picture

By Michael Stanes, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management

The global economy is presenting a positive picture with both developed and emerging markets