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UK Forecast Forum 2018

25 January, 2018
The RAC

Will the economy sink or swim in 2018?

08:30     Coffee & registration.

08:55     Introduction

Roger Bootle, Chairman

09:00     Will Brexit uncertainty finally bite this year?

Jonathan Loynes, Chief Economist

  • How is Brexit shaping up?
  • Why has uncertainty not hit harder?
  • Will it increase or subside this year?

09:15     How much longer will the consumer squeeze last?

Ruth Gregory, UK Economist

  • Will inflation fall back this year?
  • Will wage growth ever pick up?
  • How hard will higher interest rates hit consumers?

09:30     Will the property market wilt in 2018?

Ed Stansfield, Chief Property Economist

  • Is property overvalued once more?
  • Could a drop in London property prices trigger a wider downturn?
  • Will tax changes generate a tipping point for property demand?

09:45     Is the long-term outlook really so bad?

Paul Hollingsworth Senior UK Economist

  • Will productivity ever recover?
  • Can policy change the outlook?
  • What impact will Brexit have?

10:00     Questions and discussion.

Chaired by Roger Bootle

10:30     Close & Coffee.

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