Tagged: inflation

Central Banks Should Stay Vigilant As Decline of Inflation Continues – Research Report

A sense of optimism has pervaded financial markets in recent months, amid investor confidence that the fight against inflation is entering its “last mile” and that central banks will ease monetary policy in the coming months, according to a comprehensive update shared by the International… Read More

UK Mortgage Approvals Rising Shows Housing Market Recovery Is Moving in the Right Direction, Industry Professional Says

Karim Haji, Global and UK Head of Financial Services at KPMG, comments on the recent Money and Credit data from the Bank of England. Karim noted that mortgage approvals rising for the fifth month in a row shows the housing market recovery “is still moving… Read More

Fed Holds Interest Rates, Anticipates Rate Cuts Later in the Year

The US Federal Reserve announced that it has decided to hold benchmark rates steady at a rate of 5.25% to 5.5% today, as the Wall anticipated. The statement issued by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) indicated that job gains have moderated since early last… Read More

Pay Growth in the UK Fell for Third Straight Month, Inflation Expected to Decline Based on Economic Data – Report

Despite a December rise, inflation is expected “to continue falling this year” says Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG UK. The KPMG UK team noted that the expected fall in the energy price cap in April “could see inflation returning to target by spring. Nevertheless, disruptions… Read More

Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs Survey Signals Decline in Permanent Roles

The Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs survey signalled a fresh decline in permanent staff appointments across Scotland during December. The pace of reduction was reportedly “the strongest since April, as growing economic uncertainty weighed on hiring decisions and discouraged workers from seeking new… Read More

Central Banks Likely to Keep Interest Rates Higher for Longer in Economies with Elevated Core Inflation – IMF Analysis

Central banks will likely keep interest rates higher for longer in economies with persistently elevated core inflation (excluding food and energy prices), according to an update shared by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF noted that the high-interest-rate environment, which recently “triggered banking sector… Read More

Consumers Curbing Their Holiday Spending: M1 Survey

M1, an investing platform that allows users to invest, borrow, spend, and earn in one place, this week released findings from its 2023 holiday shopping and saving survey, gleaned from insights from nearly 700 M1 users. The findings provide a comprehensive look into the significant… Read More

Lower Inflation Should Allow Central Banks to Cut Rates, While US Equities May Reach Record Levels – Report

Lower inflation levels around the globe should allow central banks to slash rates, according to a recent repot which also noted that US equities could potentially reach a record level of 5000 on the S&P by year-end. Few have experienced today’s macro uncertainty in their… Read More

SMEs Show Resilience Despite Persistent Inflation But Rising Interest Rates Pose Challenges – iBanFirst Report

For SMEs, the year 2023 could mark a “turning point.” They have shown resilience “despite persistent inflation and the war in Ukraine, but they are now having to face rising interest rates which is making life tough for them for three reasons,” according to iBanFirst,… Read More

KPMG UK Invests in Talent with Partner Appointments, Comments on Interest Rate Decision

KPMG UK has announced the promotion of over a thousand partners and colleagues, as the professional services firm “continues to invest in the development of its talent. ” The latest round of promotions “includes 56 new partners and 116 directors.” A further 833 colleagues have also… Read More

Fed is in Hover Mode as Rates Kept the Same

The US Federal Reserve held rates steady today following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). While inflation remains stubbornly high and economic activity robust, the Fed decided it was better to wait and see if the following months of rapid rate increases… Read More

Higher for Longer: European Central Bank (ECB) Holds Rates Steady

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to hold rates steady today. The Council indicated that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at… Read More

UK’s Nucleus Financial Platforms Calls for Discussion Around State Pension System

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s independent adviser platform groups, explains the impact of today’s inflation figures “on triple lock calculations for state pensions from April 2024 and calls for a sensible discussion around the future of the triple lock and the state pension… Read More

Government to Miss Inflation Target in 2023, UK Brokers Predict

The vast majority of SME finance professionals expect the Government to miss its target of halving inflation by the end of the year, iwoca’s Q2 2023 SME Expert Index finds. The new research, carried out with over one hundred SME finance brokers “who collectively submitted… Read More

UK Inflation Remains Elevated, Far Above 2% Target

The UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 6.7% in the 12 months to September 2023, the same rate as in August, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. The CPI rose by 0.5% in September 2023, the same rate as in September 2022…. Read More

Higher-for-Longer Interest Rate Narrative Became “Louder” as Bank of England Might Not Be Quick to Cut Rates – Analysis

A market report has highlighted some key developments from the past week, including the following updates: Bank of England’s chief economist highlights challenge ahead for policymakers Hotter-than-expected US inflation leads to mixed trading ahead of bank results Microsoft takeover of Activision approved by regulator Middle… Read More

Recession Concerns, Return of Student Loan Payments Not Affecting US Investor Confidence, eToro Survey Reveals

U.S. retail investors remain optimistic about reaching their investing goals even as student loan payments resume and the threat of a recession looms, according to data from the latest Retail Investor Beat from trading and investment network eToro. In the short term, investors are still… Read More

UK Consumers Taking Steps to Deal with Rising Mortgage Costs – Report

A report has looked into how consumers are managing higher mortgage rates and adapting their spending due to inflation. This along with other key insights are shared in the KPMG UK’s latest Consumer Pulse research. KPMG’s Consumer Pulse survey “tracks how over 3000 consumers across… Read More

Bank of Scotland Reports Decline in Number of First-Time Buyers Amid Tougher Property Market Conditions

The number of first-time buyers in Scotland reportedly “fell by 14% between January and August 2023, compared to the same period in 2022,” according to the latest Bank of Scotland First-Time Buyer Review. This fall is not as sharp as the picture “for the UK… Read More

UK Economy Report: High Interest Rates, Continued Uncertainty, Low Productivity Could Pose Challenges

High interest rates, continued uncertainty and low productivity could see the UK struggle to keep its head above water “in the second half of the year – with GDP growth forecast at 0.4% in 2023 and 0.3% in 2024,” according to KPMG’s latest UK Economic… Read More