Nandini Ramakrishnan, Global Market Strategist at JP Morgan joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to look at today's biggest macro stories. FTSE climbed to a three-week high boosted by trade data from China showing better than forecast growth in imports and exports in January. According to the Office for National Statistics, UK industrial sector performed better than expected in December with manufacturing production climbing 2.1% compared to November. A Senior German banking regulator Andreas Dombret said that London will probably lose its status of 'the gateway to Europe' for vital financial services following Brexit.
A Greek departure from the Eurozone is back on the agenda after a leading German politician said that Greece would be better off without the Euro. Zsolt Darvas, Senior Scholar at Bruegel, joined Share Radio's deputy editor Ed Bowsher to discuss this some more.
UK rents are set to rise faster than property values over the next five years - but what does this mean for the wider economy? Political players say Greece would be better outside the Eurozone, plus how will the EU calculate Britain's final 'exit bill'? Richard Perry, market analyst at Hantec Markets Limited, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher for today's big economic stories.
There's some gloomy news on Brexit with 58 percent of larger companies saying it's already having a negative impact on their business - that's according to Ipsos Mori. And the pound's drop is pushing up company costs, according to the British Chambers of Commerce. While in the US, is Trump right on currency policy? For these stories and more, Jeremy Stretch, Head of G10 FX Strategy at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, joined Share Radio's senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
Jamie McGeever, Chief Markets Correspondent for Europe at Reuters joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to cover the big economic news of the day including the fall in number of new homes built in London, Bank of England's Ben Broadbent stance that Trump's elections is "positive" for the UK, the growth in the UK's dominant service sector slowing more than expected last month. They talked about Trump's plan to undo the Dodd Frank law and the gold price hitting a fourth year high. Finally, a quick reaction to US non-farm payroll.
The Bank of England has raised its forecast of economic growth to 2% this year, up from the previous forecast of 1.4%, with an increase from 1.5% to 1.6% for next year.
The base rate is unchanged at 0.25% and the bank's quantitative easing or money-printing programme will also continue as planned. The Bank's announcement has triggered a 0.8% fall in the pound at $1.26.
Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to cover the big economic news of the day, including the government White Paper, Reckitt Benckiser's deal and more.
Investors are already feeling Brexit's impact but this hasn't dampened growth prospects. Consultancy EY found more than half of global investors want to grow their presence in Europe despite uncertainty. Andy Baldwin, EY area managing partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, explained more with Share Radio's Peta Fuller.
Despite positive figures, why are profits not going up at Apple? Plus management shuffles at the top for TalkTalk, Wizz Air profits double but share price still falls, and gold miner Centamin gets generous with dividends. For analysis on this and more, Financial Orbit's Chris Bailey joined Share Radio’s senior analyst Ed Bowsher.
TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding to depart, UK house prices inch upwards according to Nationwide and good days for both the FTSE and pound - what's driving that? For these and more Chris Justham, relationship manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss the day's need-to-know economic stories.
There was no shortage of European economic data today - but the most important was the overall figure, with the Eurozone growing 0.5 percent in the final quarter of 2016, taking annual growth to 1.8 percent for the year. That's behind UK growth for 2016 at 2.2% but ahead of the US, at only 1.6 percent. For more detail, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Jennifer McKeown, Chief European Economist at Capital Economics.