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September Market Commentary

Introduction  The defining image of August 2021 had little to do with the stock market on the surface, it was, of course, the withdrawal of British and American troops from Afghanistan. As some readers will know, Afghanistan has significant mineral reserves, which some estimates put at $1tn (£730bn). These reserves include lithium, so it will be no …

Can we avoid being caught by the “Scamdemic?”

There has been a rapid rise in phone and online scams over the past sixteen months as criminals seek to take advantage of people’s insecurities regarding Covid. With many processes moving online and onto our mobile phones, comes new opportunities for people to take advantage. This phenomenon has been dubbed the “scamdemic.” Scams have come a long …

Could a shortage of staff de-rail a recovery?

Older readers may remember the TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff and, in particular, the catchphrase uttered by Yosser Hughes. “Gizza job. Go on, gizza job. I can do that.” Forty years later could we be about to see a complete role reversal? Could employers be standing plaintively outside their shop, office or factory saying, “Want a job? Come …