Sunday, 21 May 2017

Stories we should be thinking about 21/05/17

Stories we should be thinking about

Here are a few finance and related stories to be thinking about ahead of the new working week...

Macro matters:

Let’s start with consumption which is, of course around 70% of a developed market economy.  So kind of interesting/worrying to read this about UK wage trends in The Sunday Times:



‘wages would not rise above 2007 levels until 2022, adjusting for inflation…Even with unemployment at a 40-year low, shifts in the labour market such as the growth of part-time work and zero-hours contracts suggest that pay has become less responsive to greater competition for jobs’

Hmm…some difficult comps coming up for UK retail sales from the summer onwards.  I still like more domestic plays…but focus on your stockpicking.

Meanwhile consumption/wage trends are not much better elsewhere in the world.  Here's the recent European trend…



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