Rising Stress Levels in UK Households

Over 60% of the increase in GDP since 2010 has been driven by household expenditure. While nominal household consumption has increased by 25% since 2010, gross disposable income is up just 19%, with the financing gap bridged with unsecured leverage and a drawdown in...

UK Gilts Overvalued

UK gilts are overvalued, currently yielding only 1%. The UK has seen a boom in consumer credit in recent years, with rates around 10% YoY in the main categories of consumer lending (top chart). Rising inflation has pinched wages, with the result real wages are now...

Long GBPUSD: Short Squeeze and April Seasonality

(from our Weekly report of 4th April 2017) GBPUSD remains range bound, with the triggering of Article 50 last week widely expected by the market. Since the Brexit vote, speculative positioning on GBP has been persistently very bearish; however, the latest Commitment...

Credit in UK Booming Again; Wage Growth Has Lagged

There are continuing signs the UK’s economy is increasingly resembling itself prior to the financial crisis.  House-price growth has cooled of late, but is still growing at 4.6% YoY, down from almost 12% last summer.  Consumer credit is also growing at a healthy clip,...

Long-term Real Yields’ Decline Implies Stagflation

Yield curves almost everywhere have been flattening.  At the long end of yield curves, bonds have been rallying all year.  This is to be expected in Europe, where growth remains lacklustre, inflation is very weak, and the ECB is firmly in easing mode.  However, even...
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