It is 25 years since Mrs Thatcher1 was driven out of Downing Street at the end of one of the most significant and controversial premierships in British political history. Does the passing of time make an assessment of her legacy any easier? And could history be repeating itself?
Fear about US monetary policy and China’s economic slowdown is affecting global financial markets.
In September last year, our group corporate governance manager, Matt Crossman, visited Royal Dutch Shell’s oil sands operations and carbon capture and storage plant in Alberta, Canada. The purpose of the trip was to evaluate the company’s governance and sustainability credentials by considering how it approaches projects with challenging environmental impacts.
The amount of UK soil now dedicated to wine production has doubled in the past seven years. Last year England and Wales’s 470 vineyards produced over 6.3 million bottles and in the past 16 years we have produced more top-prize-winning sparkling wines than any other nation.
Thanks to the digital publishing revolution, it has arguably never been easier to get into print. The result: a lot of surprise hits that might once have been overlooked — and a lot of trash.
Evangelos Assimakos, Investment Manager
The last seven years have perversely been a difficult time to be a discretionary fund manager (DFM). Following the 2008 financial crisis, the world’s major central banks stimulated the global economy by cutting rates to zero and printed money in the form of quantitative easing.
China has caused a lot of anxiety this year. Investors were shaken by the devaluation of the renminbi by the People’s Bank of China in August, which raised fears of a ‘hard landing’ for its economy and knock-on deflation for the rest of the world. Yet China is far from over as an investment theme.
At our second Conversations event in London, James Woudhuysen talked to our guests from the charities sector about how successful forecasting depends on the way that data is collected, analysed, presented and challenged.
We also received an exclusive interview with James afterwards. Videos of which can be viewed here.