Capital Eyes on the Market – Tuesday 22nd January 2013

We take a look at some of the recent activity and events taking place in the UK and globally. For a more in-depth insight into how things may impact on your own financial planning priorities, please do get in touch. Enjoy a financial conversation as part of your regular financial planning review at SewellBrydenGunn.

President Obama is sworn in for his second term of office…..

Rise in sea temperatures off the coast of Latin America appears to have reduced the anchovy populations feeding in the sea there. Anchovy “harvests” are used in fishmeal. This fishmeal is used as a food source for salmon farms supplying the popular fish to US and European markets and growth markets such as China. Moves are now underway to establish alternative vegetarian feeds made from soyameal, sunflower seeds, spruce tree etc for commercial fish such as trout and salmon whilst avoiding competition for feedsource with cattle and other livestock…..

Michael Dell continues with efforts to sell Dell computers to Private Equity firm SilverLake……

Davos Forum (Switzerland) gets underway this week……

Analysis of the make up of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane shows how parts and systems are sourced from around the world thus making it more difficult for Boeing to micromanage quality. For example the rechargeable batteries, recently cited as the source or possible cause of smoke in a Dreamliner owned and run by Japanese Airways, are supplied to France where they are assumbled into the electrical system before sale of the system back to the US company. The longer the investigation continues, the larger the unsold stock numbers become and the more likely this will adversely affect future orders not yet confirmed in the book – it is reported…..

English planning rule changes will allow developers to convert office buildings into blocks of flats without permission of local councils – except for the City of London……

Luxury brands selling into China and other emerging markets see relatively flat performance due to weaker demand, it is reported…..

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