I think you are right on that one. We are mere passengers on this planet and thus unable to influence timetable as indeed we are on our excellent rail network -in the lap of the gods. That said carbon neutrality, is something worth striving for if only to make our place nicer to live in. Planting more trees in our major cities and provide more open spaces for people to enjoy especially if they are going to be well policed as they will be thanks to BJ's police initiative , has to be good for all. There is little doubt that we need to reduce our individual footprint on this planet as the number of feet is rising rapidly. We cannot preach to the lesser developed but emerging countries if we do not do the same ourselves. Competing at horse trial over the weekend the coffee vender was using compostable cups and lids. I think this a good thing and should be done as matter of cause especially as they cost no more to buy. Packaging, likewise, much can be done for just a little effort and incentive. Changing the mind set of the individual who thinks nothing of lobbing a KFC or Micky D box out the van window may take a little longer as it would to change attitudes elsewhere in the world.
"Biggest Germany factory slump in 10 years stokes fears of recession". "Fresh fall is devastating with no silver lining" "investors should brace themselves for a contraction in Q2 GDP growth next week" German industrial production fell 5.2% YoY and by 1.5% from the previous month crushing hopes of a recovery. Does not sound to me like the hills are live with the sound of music in the Fatherland but more like "alt ist kaput"
indeed! Irrationality is once more stalking the markets. Why would anyone put money in some EU bonds yielding negative interest? Why pay the German Govt to hold your money and lose out through inflation as well. If anybody wants me take their money and put it into my account and are prepared to pay me for holding it for them please let me know. On the other hand there are some very safe top quality stocks yielding a very handsome 5, 6% or even more. The world is not coming to an end and I don't want to sound to optimistic here, so a bit of home work can pay off handsomely I certainly would not put any money in the EU as that is likely to turn out a bit of a mess as all the cans that have been kicked into the long grass over the past decade begin to resurface as the grass withers away. The EU has been dishonest with the world and is sailing into choppy waters. The US and China will come to a stalemate as the tariff wars are a zero sum game and we will cut loose from the EU wreckage. Lloy is now positively shiny compared to its EU counterparts and well able to weather this little bit of blustery weather. I am staying put but of course DYOR. I seem to really picking up a few at 19p, when many were bailing -those were the days .
More wishful thinking by the Guardian lefties. Jezza does not want to risk going to the country and see his party annihilated and Marxist dreams in tatters. An electoral defeat will rip the Labour party apart completely. Boris will if he has any sense put the country before Brexit. More police more NHS money, deal with the doctors pensions get to grips with education etc, and get the local constituencies behind him. Deselection will the party of the those unwilling to serve those that elected them. Brussels don't want a deal so they can go whistle.
the Americans have just come up with a whisky that can be made in 24 hours. When taken out in Scotland to be tasted few if any Scots could not tell it from the "real" thing. Admittedly it probably did not taste like a 12 year old single malt. just saying
stand by for the next tweet from the Donald. US futures seem yto be heading higher and there may even be some suggestions that tensions between China and the US may ease off a touch perhaps paving the way for talks at some point. Sp maybe those looking for a sustained dip below 50p may have to wait a bit longer.
I expect CFD traders and spread-betters are seeing their term of business revised at the moment as platform providers are increasing margins on positions to counter "growing external risk" We have been here before and alas it won't be the last tome this happens. SVS going bust will have undoubtedly lifted a stone for the overseers to peer under. Regs however at this stage of the game won't help those who have been locked out.
Good question. We kind of gave up making things in the seventies and eighties. We are good in financial services and in high tech/biotech research which given a bit of Government encouragement and grown up thinking could really do well for us in the future. Especially biotech as we have a huge customer in the form of the NHS were new drugs could be used instead of foreign imports. I have written to HMG proposing the NHS budget help final stage research funding in return for reduced priced access unsurprisingly am still waiting to hear back ! lol. Our industrial base has been sacrificed to political ideology and the void left filled by cheaper and more reliable alternatives. We now have a large swathe of the population firmly of the belief that the State owes them and worryingly the burden of paying for this is falling on a decline number of "broad shoulders ". This of course is unsustainable as the "broad shoulders" will leave. Its pretty remarkable really that as nation of pessimists and wingers we have done as well as we have and we have succumbed to the dire predictions of the national mood music orchestra drawn from the BOE and BBC. Maybe BJ's next stop will be the North East resplendent in a boiler suit hard hat and wielding a HUGE spanner.
timing is everything for sure, The world is heading towards a slow down yet we do not face the acute financial meltdown we experienced 10 years ago. Even then how long did the recession last?. Our banks are in good shape as motormouth Carney suggests as are the US' The EU financial system is crocked as they have opted to kick the can down the road while at the same time planting a jackboot on our necks to reform which at vast unnecessary expense we did. the same siren voices have been foretelling our demise over the last five year and particularly so over the last three and yet we remain above water. Markets are nervous but then they always are when the children are in charge of the trading book. This will pass. Of course there are forms of investment - A nice classic car for example- p[ick the right one and it will appreciate and is a lot more fun than gold.
This is a typical summer holiday scenario. juniors white socks manning the trade desks while their bosses are in Cornwall or Puerto Banus, a tweet from Trump, waffling from Carney, under delivery from Powell, low volume and little institutional appetite, hysterionics from Brussels and their most vocal drama queen Veradkar. Spread betters and CFD traders will win and lose big today.