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Friday Email: 20 January 2017

Every Friday morning our lead analyst Mark Riding sends out his weekly run-down and upcoming events in the investor calendar, like this one:

The past week has seen the expected correction in the markets after a very strong run with the FTSE 100 giving up just under 150 points.

Today sees Donald Trump become president with the U.S. split down the middle and four years of something different coming the worlds way. I am not particularly optimistic about what can be achieved in the U.S. by the Trump administration. What you say and what you realise always seems to be a very difficult task for politicians. I think this will also be the case with the hard Brexit, but I really hope that I am wrong. We have started to see some inflation creeping in and at this level (below 2%) it is not a worry, but the dramatic fall in the pound will lead to more and the bank of England is starting to talk about interest rates going 'either way'. In other words, they have not got a clue what is going to happen. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the next Brexit development takes place as the Supreme Court makes its judgement as to whether the Government can use the royal prerogative to invoke article 50.

The past week has seen plenty of trading reports but very little in the way of actual results reporting and therefore few dividend declarations.

The week ahead promises more of the same, but as we move into February, the reporting season starts to take off. There are also some big single dividends to be had going ex dividend in February.

This email was originally sent on Friday 20 January 2017

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