The UK election result of 8 June is an electoral disaster for the Conservative Party and more than challenging for the whole country. The intention of achieving a larger Tory majority backfired in a tremendous way, and now, we are headed for a hung parliament and a coalition government. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, is undoubtedly weakened, and I think we will not see her remain for more than a few months.
The impact on the country can be summed up in one word: uncertainty.
That’s what the markets hate most—not knowing where things are headed. The election is going to have an impact on:
- The economy
- Brexit negotiations (or lack of them)
- Future fiscal policy
- Exchange rates
- Interest rates
- Business investment and performance
- And more…
Frankly, it’s scary. Let’s have a go at trying to project what impact this might have on savers and investors in the next year or two.
The uncertainty, combined with the potential adverse impact of Brexit, is likely to depress the economy, meaning less money for people to spend. There is the risk of recession again. The government will have less money to spend at a time when people are demanding more investment in public services. Increases in taxation seem inevitable to me.
Interest rates are likely to remain ultra low. Raising rates now would choke off even further weakened consumer demand. And make it more expensive for companies to borrow. The result will be a continuing state of ridiculously low rates of return for savers, making no sense at all for anyone who needs the interest on their savings to provide for their living costs.
Whilst the stock market, at least the FTSE 100, has so far proved resilient, my feeling is that we are headed downwards into an extended bear market. That will mean falling share prices, investment portfolio’s being worth less and pension funds diminishing. On top of that falling company profits may put pressure on dividend payments, meaning that you make no money from capital growth and less income from reduced dividends.
All in all, a very tough few (maybe more than a few) years ahead for savers, investors and those with pension funds.
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