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Freedom Day – what’s next?

Freedom Day – Was the timing, right? Should we continue wearing masks? Can the public be trusted to act responsibly?

On Monday, England’s remaining social distancing restrictions were lifted by the government, marking an end to the legal status of the rules. Predictably, people are split on a number of issues – Was the timing, right? Should we continue wearing masks? Can the public be trusted to act responsibly?

One of the biggest question marks will be on the future of the economy. The most straightforward assumption is that a reopening should provide a helpful boost, especially in the travel, leisure and hospitality industries which have had to hit the reset button more than once since the beginning of the pandemic. This assumption is based on the idea that the psychological impact of “freedom” should enable a greater level of consumer confidence. After all, most restrictions have been lifted for a while now and people have generally been able to enjoy pre-pandemic-themed lifestyle choices.

That’s also the critical aspect to note about company valuations. Ultimately, Freedom Day was an event that market participants will have already taking into account. What’s more interesting is the strength of the vaccine rollout, whether new virus variants will delay any recovery and the rate at which inflation may rise. Central bank stimulus is at the heart of the debate and these factors will be monitored closely for any trigger points. The general thought is that if policymakers maintain an accommodative stance, then the market will still have legs.

However, even perhaps without tapering, there’s an argument for growth. The other unknown is that many large corporations will have built up capital over the pandemic – not just because of the requirement to withhold dividends over the most volatile periods of the pandemic, but also because of the cost efficiencies from transforming working practices and the profits from capitalising on increased demand for certain goods and services. Firms can now use this capital to invest in better technologies and to grow their business streams with renewed confidence.

Regardless of what happens on home soil, the progress of other continents is equally important. Travel restrictions will play a big part in how quickly the holiday sector recovers for example. With this international perspective in mind, we have opened the FTSE/STOXX Step Down Kick Out Plan August 2021 and the FTSE/S&P Kick Out Plan August 2021 to investors. These are plans that are linked to two major stock-market indices – UK/Europe and UK/US, respectively. Both put investor capital-at-risk and are subject to counterparty risk. Contact us today at for more information or visit our Current Products page.

Posted: 21 July 2021
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