PROSPECTS

Editorial

Trumping Trade

John Royden, Head of Research

“Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. It’s as simple as that — and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the “piggy bank” that’s being robbed. All will be Great!” So tweeted President Trump back in July.

Guest editorial

A political risk assessment

Natascha Engel, Political analyst and writer

If the aim of the Chequers proposal was to show the Cabinet and the country that the government had taken back control of the Brexit negotiations, then it didn’t quite go according to plan. Instead, it showed just how deep the rifts in the Conservative Party had become with high-level resignations and ever-bolder talk of leadership challenges.

Equity prospects

Amazon

Equity prospects

Intuitive Surgical

Equity prospects

British American Tobacco

Equity prospects

AB Foods

Equity prospects

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Collectives commentary

Gold, reinvented in paper form?

Interestingly, the origin of the dollar symbol $ remains unclear to this day. One theory links it to the Caduceus, a staff entwined by a serpent carried by the Roman god Mercury.

General interest

Amazon - How the world's most relentless retailer will continue to revolutionise commerce

Retail is going through a transition. The naysayers will call it an apocalypse; to others, it’s digital transformation. But one thing we can all agree on is that this is a period of profound structural change.

Economic focus

Collateral Damage

If there has been one element in the past couple of years that has made predicting the future that much more difficult, it has been the seemingly erratic and aggressive behaviour of US President Donald Trump. His “America First” policy has seen the introduction of widespread tariffs that threaten the very continuation of global economic growth, not to mention the withdrawal of support from a number of cross border agencies and agreements in the interest of saving the US money and isolating perceived enemies.