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Do you think the monetary policy committee’s £75bn quantitative easing programme will kickstart the economy?

Yes 50%
No 50%

No “It has never been tried before and who knows if it is going to work. I hope to God it does but we will have to wait and see.”

Adrian Sichel, Coombe Financial Services

No “I think they summed it up pretty well so far in the press reaction, it is not going to work.”

Paul Frasier, Avant Garde Independent Financial services

No “We are going through a period of economic stress and we will not be able to get out of it at the present time but we will at some point.”

D Lawrence, Ashton Associates

Yes “If the Bank of England give money directly this will provide working capital for businesses and bypassing the banking system would free up money to be circulated in a virtuous rather than vicious circle.”

Bob Perry, CWP Financial Services

Yes “Only if the Government can put sufficient pressure on banks but there are lots of other contributing factors that are yet to come to light.”

Paul Jefcoate, The Pentagon Partnership

No “I am not certain anyone has any idea what they are trying to do.”

Frank Milner Walker, FMW Consultants

Yes “I hope so, because the Government has got to try something. We will have to wait and see though.”

Philip Mackenzie, Choice Mortgage Services

Yes “As a proactive step, it has to help kickstart the economy. I am not sure if I am a fan of all of the details.

Alan Thompson, Alan Thompson Financial Services


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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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