Economy & Tax

“Transitional agreements will happen” Nicky Morgan tells European Financial Chiefs

“Transitional agreements will happen” Nicky Morgan tells European Financial Chiefs

Parliament Street’s Director of Financial Services, Tim Focas, exclusively reports on Nicky Morgan’s comments earlier this week at TradeTech in Paris. Staunch Europhile and former education secretary Nicky Morgan has reassured the European financial sector that there will be EU transitional agreements to avoid the UK economy from falling off a so called “cliff edge”. Speaking exclusively to over 1,000 […]

by · 1st May 2017 · Economy & Tax
The Future Of UK Enterprise: What Phillip Hammond’s Tax Changes Mean For You

The Future Of UK Enterprise: What Phillip Hammond’s Tax Changes Mean For You

    By Georgia Kirke “A shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand new business, much like his own, opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read ‘BEST QUALITY’. He was horrified when another competitor opened up next door on the other side, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading ‘LOWEST PRICES’. The shopkeeper panicked, […]

by · 9th March 2017 · Economy & Tax, Blog
May the regulatory force be with fund managers in 2016

May the regulatory force be with fund managers in 2016

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaking box office records, Tim Focas, director of financial services at a leading City think tank, provides a financial markets take on the franchise we all know and love. As fund managers across Europe continue to Sith through the MiFID II technical standards, the below provides a lighter take on the seemingly never ending […]

by · 27th February 2016 · Economy & Tax
Would Brexit put London’s powerhouse economy status at risk?

Would Brexit put London’s powerhouse economy status at risk?

As David Cameron continues his lobbying mission to win over European leaders to his “renegotiation” plans, investors are understandably weighing up the pros and cons of Britain’s place inside and outside the EU. The good news for Cameron is that the in campaign appears to be gathering momentum – thanks in large part to high-profile cash injections from the likes […]

by · 29th January 2016 · Economy & Tax, Commentary, Blog
Time To Fix The Trade Deficit

Time To Fix The Trade Deficit

As the budget deficit is gradually reduced; the balance of trade deficit indicates the Tories’ still have much more work to do. But the future is looking bright and British business simply can’t afford a Labour administration. On the 9th August 2007, BNP Paribas announced, that they could no longer be sure of the value of their assets. In one announcement, […]

Why the EU will always fail to free itself of the “awkward member”

Why the EU will always fail to free itself of the “awkward member”

Parliament Street’s Tom Hunt argues that unless the EU elites give ground and recognise their inability to transcend ingrained political cultures, the European project in destined for failure. The European elite have tried and failed in their attempts at trying to get different European nation states to conform to particular ways of behaving and expressing themselves economically. This has been […]

Voteless Recoveries

Voteless Recoveries

By Matthew Gass Voters are giving governments less credit – and blame – for economic events Recoveries in the US and UK are, finally, becoming entrenched. However this has yet to yield dividends for the respective governing parties in their upcoming elections. In the US steadily improving job figures are have not given Barack Obama’s Democrats any reasonable prospective of […]

by · 6th October 2014 · Economy & Tax, Blog
Why voting ‘Yes’ makes no economic sense

Why voting ‘Yes’ makes no economic sense

A matter of days to go before the Scots decide on their future, narrowing poles are understandably spooking financial markets. On Monday, the pound dropped to its weakest level since the end of 2013 versus the dollar. If this wasn’t enough to make the Scots choke on their battered mars bars, Lloyds shares fell by £1.7bn (3 per cent) yesterday. […]

by · 11th September 2014 · Economy & Tax
Britain: open for business? Why we shouldn’t fear foreign takeovers à la Pfizer

Britain: open for business? Why we shouldn’t fear foreign takeovers à la Pfizer

The proposed takeover of British-based pharmaceuticals firm, Astra Zeneca, by US rival Pfizer is now off the agenda: the board of the former has rejected Pfizer’s “final” bid of £69bn to buy it up.  This deal has been much in the press in recent weeks—partly due to the size of the would-have-been combined entity—but principally because it would have meant […]

Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

The Big Society, a term no longer used by the Tories or anyone else, was all about voluntarism. The idea that, after years of seemingly terminal decline, those Burkean little platoons could be reinvigorated and all sorts of social ills tamed by their hands. A rotten campaign platform, but also a difficult practical policy; the problem was that many supposedly […]