Post-Brexit sterling slump hits airline group IAG, Pearson revenues down, post-Brexit gloom at Foxtons. FT Opening Quote, with commentary by City Editor Jonathan Guthrie, is your early Square Mile briefing. You can sign up for the full newsletter here.
Everybody knows much of the City of London was vehemently opposed to Brexit because of fears of what might happen to banks’ interests if so-called “passporting” rights into and out of the European system were lost. What is less talked about, however, is Brexit’s impact on the European payments clearing system, Target2 — and how the passporting issue connects by way of Target2 to the realm of sovereign monetary policy. At the absolute heart of the matter is the status and treatment of payment systems worldwide, and whether or not they can really be treated as something independent and thus distinct from national monetary policy (and hence open to commercial competition) — or as integral to sovereign interests.
Softbank’s blockbuster offer for Arm Holdings, British Land’s wariness and Boris Johnson’s Brussels debut as foreign minister. FT Opening Quote, with commentary by Naomi Rovnick, is your early Square Mile briefing. You can sign up for the full newsletter here.
Upsides for whom, you ask? For Chinese policymakers, we respond. As do Deutsche Bank: More subtly, Brexit indirectly helped reduce concerns of a ‘risk off’ shock from China thanks to the stealthy RMB devaluation around the UK vote. This has confirmed a new-found market tolerance of China currency slippage, at least when it looks controlled by policymakers.
Theresa May has become the UK prime minister, and the internet — in the style of looking up what the EU is only after the Referendum — is only now alive with articles/tweets about who exactly Theresa May is. Indeed, amusingly enough, whilst a lot was being made of Andrea Leadsom’s “City” credentials, there was almost no word in the run up to the appointment of May’s own City credentials.
PageGroup shows referendum jitters while Asos bucks the UK retail trend with strong sales and housebuilder Galliford Try expects postive results. FT Opening Quote is your early Square Mile briefing, with deputy companies editor Matthew Vincent. You can sign up for the full newsletter here.
UK retailers, with some exceptions, have had a rocky start to the day, but The City can take solace in musical metaphors for Brexit. FT Opening Quote, with commentary by City Editor Jonathan Guthrie, is your early Square Mile briefing. You can sign up for a full newsletter here.
Wholesaler Booker has seen like-for-like sales slip 2.9 per cent in the first quarter. This is mostly due to tobacco sales falling 7.7 per cent following a ban on small stores displaying packs of gaspers. A 0.7 per cent drop in sales of non-tobacco products reflects deflationary pressure in the retailing industry. Other data released today reflects the gloomy mood in the run up to the Brexit vote. New car registrations fell slightly last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The British Retail Consortium reports that shop prices in early June were down 2 per cent.
From Standard Life Investments as it suspends trading in its £2.9bn UK real estate fund (one of the UK’s largest) because of post-referendum redemption requests: Updating with actual press release: STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS UK REAL ESTATE FUND Due to exceptional market circumstances, Standard Life Investments has taken the decision to suspend all trading in the Standard Life Investments UK Real Estate Fund (and its associated Feeder Funds) from 12:00 noon on 4July 2016. The decision was taken following an increase in redemption requests as a result of uncertainty for the UK commercial real estate market following the EU referendum result. The suspension was requested to protect the interests of all investors in the fund and to avoid compromising investment returns from the range, mix and quality of assets within the portfolio.
Shareholders in the London Stock Exchange will vote today on a merger with Deutsche Boerse to create a pan-European exchanges champion. The deal has been cast into doubt by the Brexit referendum, according to some commentators. LSE investors can be expected to vote Yes, not least because the drop in the value of sterling has increased the value of the 46 per cent stake they will take in the merged entity.
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In 1532 Henry VIII effected a series of acts of parliament to formalise his kingdom’s breakaway from Rome. As Rupert Gavin commented in the FT last week what happened next ended up defining the Britain of today: Back then, after a period of near bankruptcy, constant war and disruption, the breach was a trigger for economic growth, for the emergence of a thriving middle class and for the rapid expansion of London. By 1600, with a population of about 250,000, it was one of the largest cities in the world. The City of London played a significant role in the post break-up environment too. Rome may have been viewed as oppressive, unaccountable and governed by a clerical elite, but it also provided important welfare safeguards for the poor, the infirmed and the weak. The confiscation of Church assets deprived the poor of their primary source of income support and welfare, says Gavin, and with little other choice they flocked to the cities to find work.
If the EU is a sinking ship and the UK should leave, then most of the UK is a sinking ship and London should leave
The European Union’s economy is a “sinking ship” and Britain would be better off “detaching itself” from the bloc, Michael Gove, the U.K.’s Justice Secretary and prominent leave campaigner told CNBC on Tuesday. “By voting to leave we can not only take back control of hundreds of millions of pounds that we send to the European Union, we will also be detaching ourselves from the sinking ship that is the European Union economy,” Gove, who is hoping for a Brexit vote on Thursday’s referendum, said. – Britain needs to jump from EU’s ‘sinking ship’: UK lawmaker (June 21, 2016). We would never defend the economic management of the euro area, which is often conflated with the policies recommended by the European Union as a whole. But it’s worth noting most of the UK is actually quite poor compared to large areas of Western Europe, and particularly deprived relative to greater London.
Legal & General has brushed off the effect of the Brexit vote, Tory leadership nominations close at noon, Mark Carney speaks at 4pm. FT Opening Quote, with commentary by City Editor Jonathan Guthrie, is your early Square Mile briefing. You can sign up for the full newsletter here.
This guest post on the issue of the wider global impact of Brexit is from Paul Donovan, Global Economist at UBS in London. The British referendum decision to end the country’s EU membership may seem an isolated event. Something for the UK to worry about, certainly. Something for the EU to muse over. But not, necessarily, something that Asia should be concerned about. This attitude is a mistake, in my view. The UK referendum matters because it signals trends that will shape the world economy. These trends are important for Asia and Asian investors. Leaving aside the details of EU membership, the referendum result marks a victory for “anti-politics”. This is the politics of being against something rather than for something. Anti-politics suggests “if only we get rid of this one thing, all our troubles will be over”.