So February is here, the shortest month of the year. What a relief.
Every day seems to come action-packed with big news stories at the moment, mostly quite grave ones in fact.
Sue Gray’s BoJo files, cost-of-living crises, Covid tribulations, or the extremely worrying situation in the Ukraine – we’re not short of critical developing events.
But good ol’ February is here to make sure we have just 28 days to cope with rather than the typical 30, or heaven forbid, 31.
That being said, it is looking to be an interesting inflection point, in economic, political and financial terms.
With some many of the aforementioned crises in play right here and now, by the end of the month we could be looking at a totally different landscape.
- The Ukraine crisis will likely have come to a head
- We’ll know (probably very soon) what is going to happen to our Prime Minister
- The cost-of-living crisis is going to force the Government’s hand
- Covid will recede again, before probably creating more drama as it is wont to do
So, plenty in play for the month, and a lot of indeterminate threads for us all to react and revel in.
But my job is to give you the concrete stuff and quit the freelance speculation!
The month gets off to a big start with Bank of England (BoE) and ECB rate decisions on 3 February. This is going to be another flash point for markets and anyone with debts such as mortgages and credit cards, as the odds are on for more rate hikes (from the BoE at least).
4 February is the Headlinemoney Awards entry deadline, for those PRs and journalists out there reading. Get your entries in!
On 11 February we get our first quarterly estimate for UK GDP in Q4 2021. It is likely to contain some interesting developments, especially considering it is the first time we’ll get an official snapshot of the impact of Omicron on the economy.
The latest UK unemployment and wage data comes out on 15 February and is followed by inflation on 16 February.
On 24 February is the Future of Crypto Regulation Summit. It could be a good forum to gain insights on a very fast emerging sector, which is constantly under the eye of regulators around the world.
Finally, on 25 February is ‘Work Your Proper Hours’ Day. So definitely one day to clock off at a reasonable hour for a change!
All the best and wishing you a productive February from MRM, Capital City Media and Mouthy Money.