Reduce trading hours to help navigate the pandemic

Companies should continue to update the market, but the markets must make changes to cope with Coronavirus, says Newgate Managing Partner, Giles Croot The unprecedented call from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) at the weekend for listed companies to delay publishing preliminary results for at least two weeks has led to many companies mothballing them….

Tips and tricks from Italy for keeping kids (and yourself) on track

Two days into the UK’s official lockdown, we got some advice from Milan-based Erika Elia, the digital director at SEC and mother of two, 9-year-old Ele and 15-year-old Giuli. Now in their 6th week of lockdown, Erika has developed a list of guidelines to steer her and her family through their new reality.  For the…

Down and out in Sydney and London

By Ian Silvera It’s the drudgery of joblessness that is worst of all. The dole lines, the job applications and the subsequent rejections. It’s a kind of economic curse with monotony as the main misfortune. That discomfort is now being felt by potentially hundreds of thousands of workers as Western businesses have been forced to…

Letter from… UAE

We will be providing regular reports regarding Coronavirus from our SEC Newgate colleagues around the world. Today we have the view from UAE by Newgate partner, Habib Bacha. This time of year is peak season in the UAE, with beautiful sunshine and temperatures hovering in the late 20’s and low 30’s, the hotels, parks and…

What I learned during my first week of home working

Last week was a dramatic change for all of us as we all shifted to remote working and here are the things I learned. Without a commute, I have to make an effort to exercise but it’s worth it. Experts recommend we spend at least 30 minutes outside every day and a similar amount of…

Government announces new hospital and new volunteer scheme to fight coronavirus

By Gareth Jones Today, Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health, led the Downing Street Press Conference and reiterated the Prime Minister’s announcement from yesterday evening that everyone should stay at home unless for four specific reasons (going to work, exercise, shopping for food and necessities and for a medical appointment or providing care…

A lesson in rhetoric

By Ian Silvera The press conference is a very particular type of communications beast. It’s not a speech, in the sense that questions don’t always follow in that format, and it’s not a pre-recorded message, the sort of TV appearance a monarch or two would give around Christmas. The press conference, in contrast, offers serious…

Letter from… Hong Kong

We will be providing regular reports regarding Coronavirus from our SEC Newgate colleagues around the world. Today we have the view from Hong Kong by Newgate Senior Consultant, Fergus Herries.   Cases are on the rise once again in Hong Kong. Having been on the doorstep of the initial outbreak in China in January, the…

MPs set to approve emergency powers

This evening the government’s COBRA meeting has been put back to 5pm, delaying the daily Downing Street media briefing.  Whilst we expect the Prime Minister to say something later this evening (now confirmed for 8.30pm), it’s not yet clear what format that will take. Over in the House of Commons, MPs are considering the government’s…

My Five Days with COVID 19

Last Wednesday night I woke up at two in the morning extremely cold, as I went to grab another blanket to pull over the bed I noticed my body temperature was starting to rapidly move in the other direction, and I was beginning to burn up. It was an uncomfortable night of feverish temperatures which…