Hetal Mehta

Senior European Economist

Over the years, Hetal has completed her fair share of interviews and presentations on her latest economic views. However, in order to be seen, she’s racked up quite a collection of heels – there were apparently a few occasions when she was even asked to stand on a box... Given the excitement of keeping tabs on [insert latest European country]-xit, Hetal likes to catch up on sleep and escape to the continent for some European sun.

Posts by Hetal Mehta

Economics

Is Carney getting cold feet about hiking?

Earlier this year, the UK economy appeared to be warming up nicely, and a May rate hike was on the cards. But has March’s cold snap changed all this?

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Economics

Trading places: how to boost post-Brexit Britain

Following the EU referendum, financial markets initially expected the worst, with the weakness of the pound the clearest indication of deteriorating sentiment. And yet, many saw the depreciation as an opportunity for the economy to rebalance away from consumer spending and towards more trade. With this in mind, how successful has the UK been?

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Economics

Carney’s contracting conundrum

In November, the Bank of England decided not to go beyond reversing the 'insurance' rate cut it made following the EU referendum. Since then, however, the UK labour market has improved and inflation has remained stubbornly high. This presents the governor with a conundrum. Should he raise rates again soon or remain cautious and wait for the fog of uncertainty regarding the final Brexit deal to lift?

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Macrobites

The year of politics is not quite over…

Last week, in one of our daily morning team meetings (when all the economists, strategists and fund managers gather round to exchange market-relevant news and views), each and every one of the contributions was about politics; including Brexit, Germany, Italy, Catalonia, the Netherlands, the US and Japan.

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Economics

Owner pre-occupied?

When I first became an economist (don’t ask how many years ago!), the question I was most regularly asked by friends and family was: "when is a good time to buy a house?"  

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Economics

The Brexit vote: one year on…

A week is a long time in politics, as Harold Wilson famously said. So one can only imagine what he would have made of the past year in which the UK has voted for Brexit, changed Prime Minister, triggered Article 50 and held a general election. And while the political saga has been going on, the effects on the UK economy are only just starting to appear.

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Economics

Hung parliament – Minority Report

In a surprising result, the general election has ended in a hung parliament. At the time of writing, the Conservative party has won approximately 318 seats. Labour is at 261, the SNP 35, the Liberal Democrats 12 and the DUP 10. UKIP did not win any seats.

 

When Theresa May called the snap election in mid-April it was hers to lose, with the Conservatives leading Labour in the polls by around 20 percentage points – the highest since the early 1980s – which could have yielded a majority of circa 100 seats.

 

In the event, the gamble has failed to pay off, and the governance of the country hangs in the balance.

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