William Hobbs

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William Hobbs joined Barclays in October 2005, working in the Equity Research team, covering the global consumer sector. He then moved into the Investment Strategy team running global equity strategy for the EMEA division. After four years as Head of Investment Strategy, he was made Chief Investment Officer for Barclays Investment Solutions in January 2019.

William is a fellow of the Securities Institute and has close to 20 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has a Masters in international business and economic development at Birkbeck, University of London and is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst. He is a frequent contributor of economic and capital market’s insight to Bloomberg, CNBC and various other media outlets.

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The worst British recession ever?

The contraction in the UK economy has been significant. However, the numbers alone leave much of the story untold. When thinking about the effects on businesses, consumers and investors we need to take many other factors into account.

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COVID-19 – Worse than the Great Financial Crisis?

We discuss the gathering economic and societal impact of COVID-19. What can policy makers do? Is the bottom of the bear market near?

Is the UK heading for recession?

Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh on the UK economy, as sluggish economic data pays testament to. This week, we discuss if the UK economy is heading for recession and whether this matters for investors.

Meltdown coming?

Ten years after Lehman Brother’s collapse, are investors due for the next Great Financial Crisis?

The January blues

What spooked the world’s investors so much in December and what does it mean for investors as we look to the year ahead?

Our world economic forecast

Will Hobbs considers what the world economy has to look forward to in 2019.

Investing lessons from the last 1000 years

What can the past teach us about the underlying drivers of long-run stock returns?

Should the recent slowdown in Chinese growth worry investors?

What’s driving the recent slowdown in Chinese growth, and whether investors should be concerned.

Three lessons from the Great Financial Crisis

Ten years on since Lehman went bankrupt, what lessons have policymakers and investors learned from the Great Financial Crisis?

Should investors worry about the latest political headlines?

Whether the recent political headlines are relevant to markets, and why investors are better off tuning out this noise.

Is the yield curve signalling an incoming recession for the US?

Whether the yield curve is signalling an incoming recession for the US.

Are trade tensions the only thing to look out for in stock markets?

How trade tensions can be a distraction from the fundamentals that matter for stock markets.

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