In the immediate aftermath of the last recession and accompanying financial crisis, there was every reason to expect companies to be reticent about embarking on long-term, productivity-enhancing investment programmes.
To boost growth and employment
Up 1.2% against the US dollar
Fears over 'hard Brexit'
One of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announcements in August was the intention to buy up to £10bn of corporate bonds over an 18-month period, writes F&C's Ian Robinson.
Pound fell 6% in two minutes
'Dangerous situation' as prices reach record high
First rate cut last month
Fund managers are employing a number of strategies to guard against rising inflation, but argue better value can be found outside the UK index-linked market as demand soars.
At its August meeting, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) halved the bank rate to 0.25% in addition to implementing a new Term Funding Structure and a purchase of up to £70bn UK corporate and government bonds.
Scott Ingham, investment director at Heartwood Investment Management, looks at the optimal risk/return approach to investing in bonds at a time when yields are unsustainably low
Does not rule out further rate cuts
Key announcements over the break
Bonds investors seeking opportunities across the globe
First it was the stockmarket and now it is household spending: financial and economic trends are defiantly failing to develop as predicted.
Political risk is on the rise, warns Miton's Anthony Rayner, with economic stagnation and voter dissatisfaction unlikely to disappear any time soon.
In this summer's edition of the podcast, Investment Week speaks to two key figures in the wealth management community about the Brexit vote and the Bank of England's interest rate cut.
No evidence to back up move
Potential for helicopter money
Government should step in
Latest QE package
Follows post-Brexit flight to quality
Which decisions rocked investors?
First rate move in seven years