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  • Week in review: oiling the wheels / Thinking Aloud UK | Thinking Aloud
    Ipsos Mori poll giving In a 10 point lead Or it may be because the bookies often seen as more reliable than the pollsters have been slashing the odds on an In result Currency traders also seem to have been casting an eye over the odds sterling reached a three week high against the euro this week Dilma s downfall In Brazil Congress voted on Sunday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff following last week s Supreme Court rejection of her appeal against the proceedings Dilmageddon as the impeachment has been dubbed sustained this year s sizeable rally in the Brazilian stock market which is now up more than 20 in 2016 on hopes of more market friendly leadership Although her government will do anything to avoid it one way or another President Rousseff is likely to be on her way out Should evidence of wrongdoing be uncovered then the 2014 election could be nullified and a new contest could take place Brazil s future therefore remains far from certain And finally Do you find dress down Friday a bit of a drag For many it s a real pain digging through the pile of clothes on the floor to find some that are sufficiently smart casual reasonably coordinated and relatively stain free Just be thankful then that your office hasn t yet moved to don t dress Friday The writing s on the wall though after this week s announcement of the UK s first naked restaurant The Bunyadi a pop up restaurant free from phones electric lights and even clothing is to open for three months in London this summer But if you fancy a spot of skyclad dining you d better hurry there are already more than 15 000 on the waiting list Image credit Pasieka Science Photo Library Corbis Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloud the bigger picture week in review oiling the wheels Select Article URL Close Equities Politics UK Related Articles New frontiers The impeachment of Brazil s president would signal 3 things to investors Cash is king Week in review mixed fortunes Ideal time to commit capital to infrastructure projects in Britain Equities Politics UK Related Links UK Private Investors find out more UK Advisers find out more UK Institutional Investors find out more Launch UK Pension Consultants site This Content Component encountered an error Risk Warning The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and you may get back less the amount invested Send us feedback First Name Last Name Email Address Comments Thinking aloud Internal Links About Thinking aloud Privacy and Cookies Policy Accessibility Help Keep in touch twitter LinkedIn google facebook facebook More about Aberdeen Asset About Aberdeen Asset Management Aberdeen Asset Management Copyright 2016 Important Information The value of investments and the income from them

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  • Week in review: mixed fortunes / Thinkingaloud UK | Thinking Aloud
    resignation Rousseff has promised to fight to the last minute Further south Argentina looks set to return to international capital markets for the first time since its 95 billion default in 2001 A US appeals court has allowed Argentina to raise up to 15 billion to pay creditors who were holding out for better terms following the 2001 default The ruling is seen as a victory for President Mauricio Macri who initiated negotiations with creditors following his election last year Italy s debt fix The Italian government moved this week in a bid to salvage its finance industry which is suffering under the yoke of 360 billion of bad debts The government in collaboration with financial institutions has set up a 5 6 billion emergency rescue fund to prop up the worst affected banks The action helped to support bank share prices which were hammered earlier this year amid fears of a banking crisis That sell off included Italy s larger banks even though the problems are largely centred on Italy s smaller weaker banks While the rescue fund is a short term fix a sustainable solution to the country s bad debt problem is likely to involve reforming archaic laws that mean bankruptcy in Italy can take anything from seven to 15 years rather than two to three years in other European countries And finally Burger King s drive thru option was taken to an entirely new dimension in the US this week after the manager of a BK branch in California drove his car straight through its front windows In another incident staff at a Burger King in Oklahoma caused 10 000 of damage by smashing all of the restaurant s windows Had they succumbed to some kind of bovine based insanity No the reason for both cases was a prank call supposedly from the local fire department telling staff a gas leak would cause an explosion if all the building s windows were not smashed immediately Apparently staff are finding it hard to come to terms with the fact they fell for such a Whopper Image credit Todd Davidson Illustration Works Corbis Social media Download share or print this page Copy link Email link Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Share on Facebook Copy URL http www aberdeen asset ca en thinkingaloud the bigger picture week in review mixed fortunes Select Article URL Close Economics Europe Latin America Political risk Politics UK Related Articles New frontiers The impeachment of Brazil s president would signal 3 things to investors Week in review oiling the wheels Cash is king German property the value of hybrids Economics Europe Latin America Political risk Politics UK Related Links UK Private Investors find out more UK Advisers find out more UK Institutional Investors find out more Launch UK Pension Consultants site This Content Component encountered an error Risk Warning The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and you may get back

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  • Ideal time to commit capital to infrastructure projects in Britain / Thinking Aloud UK | Thinking Aloud
    students of economics are drilled in from an early age the rise in national income that follows from a boost to government spending or investment Recent International Monetary Fund research points to an average government spending multiplier across a range of countries and time periods of between 1 4 and 1 6 In other words for every 100 spent by the government national income could expand by an additional 40 or so Not only would this be good news in terms of the extra activity and jobs created but it could also potentially lower the UK s debt burden measured as the ratio of government debt to national income over time Furthermore there is widespread agreement that the multiplier tends to be larger when monetary policy is constrained This is exactly the situation we find ourselves in at present with the Bank of England having left interest rates at close to zero for the past seven years Against this backdrop talk of creating a Northern Powerhouse and the new National Infrastructure Commission make sense Boosting economic growth in the regions building resilient infrastructure supporting sustainable industry and encouraging innovation is essential but there needs to be financial firepower behind these aims We could take a leaf out of the United States book After the financial crisis Build America Bonds BABs were created via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act BABs reduced the cost of borrowing for state and local government issuers and carried special tax credits benefiting both the issuer and bondholder In total around 180 billion of BABs were issued between April 2009 and the programme s end in December 2010 Committing capital to UK infrastructure projects would also help to address the problems arising from decades of under investment in our transport networks and energy sector especially given the Treasury estimates that UK infrastructure capital spending requirements to 2025 are around 300 billion But while there is a lot of talk of pension funds allocating more to infrastructure policymakers need to take this with a pinch of salt Understandably there is a desire within Government for the private sector to provide up to two thirds of this sum But while there is a lot of talk of pension funds allocating more to infrastructure policymakers need to take this with a pinch of salt True a Canadian led consortium of pension funds recently bought London City airport for 2 billion A big attraction for such investment however would have been the ability to draw an immediate income from their investment Pension funds are typically reluctant to commit capital to infrastructure projects at the planning or building stage particularly if completion is five years or more into the future Increasing the number of toll roads in the UK albeit politically challenging may be one way to encourage more infrastructure investment from institutional investors The roads are already built but upgrading would take only a couple of years after which the investment would provide an income Getting larger longer term infrastructure

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