Rarely can the managers of the UK’s huge institutional funds have been confronted with such uncertainty. This is not just the volatility seen in the wake of the global financial crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic or Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. UK economic policy is embarking on a journey into the unknown.
Whoever emerges as the victor from the Conservative Party’s seemingly interminable leadership contest later this week will face an in-tray at Downing Street that will be overflowing with urgent government business.
The government threw the City a weighty tome of summer reading the day before MPs left Westminster for the summer when it published the long-awaited Financial Services and Markets Bill on 20 July.
The unprecedented chaos of the last week, as the government imploded, left the country bewildered and many struggling to keep up with the whirlwind pace of events. As the dust settles, at least for a brief interlude, we find many new faces in key roles affecting the City and the insurance market, writes David Worsfold, contributing editor.