Nurture or regulate? How government is supporting investment in AI

Investment in the UK’s tech sector is booming despite the cloud of Brexit uncertainty, with Britain leading the way among European countries. UK tech firms attracted £3 billion in 2018, more than double that invested in 2017. Boosting the trend further, the government has announced a series of funding strategies for Artificial Intelligence (AI) andRead more

Why Investors should start caring about what the government thinks of national security

When WA first wrote about these changes last month, the government’s proposals for competition regulation were flying under the radar. Thanks to a devastating report by John Fingleton, former Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading, they are now starting to get the attention they deserve. More wide ranging than the reforms introduced inRead more

Models for the post-Brexit immigration system

Described by David Davis as “a landmark moment”, the passing of the EU Withdrawal Act in June allowed Theresa May to take a breath and perhaps to issue a sigh of relief.  However, what is clear, is that there are still many legislative hurdles for her to jump and policy details that need to beRead more

Factions of the Labour Party

As the party creeps ahead in the polls, investors are assessing the likelihood of a Labour government being elected at the next general election, and what it might mean for future investment decisions and their current portfolios. When analysing the likely direction of party policy and its impact on investments it is important to understandRead more

What the Brexit white paper means for financial services

After a difficult few days of infighting over the ‘agreement’ on the UK’s negotiating stance reached at Chequers, government has published its long-awaited Brexit white paper. This sets out (some) detail on the UK’s vision for our relationship with the EU after Brexit. The paper was met with less than rapturous applause by MPs fromRead more

Beating the house: An investor’s guide to Labour’s housing policy

In many places across the UK the increase in house prices has earned more equity for owners than the average local salary. With such stellar growth it is no wonder housing assets continue to be of interest to large scale investors. Investment in housing has extended beyond the traditional arena of homes offered for retailRead more

Brexit Jargon: Customs Union, partnership, or facilitation?

With the Brexit negotiations reaching crunch time, the news has been full of speculation on the UK’s future customs relationship with the EU. This is the lynchpin of the Brexit deal and will affect everything from trade to immigration and, crucially, the Irish border. The government has consistently said that the UK will be leavingRead more