House prices will rise 2% this year – but growth likely to stall in 2021

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » House prices will rise 2% this year – but growth likely to stall in 2021 previous nextHousing MarketHouse prices will rise 2% this year – but growth likely to stall in 2021Pent-up demand is pushing house prices up – but economic fall-out of government’s Covid restrictions next year will mean zero growth.Richard Reed28th September 20201 Comment1,968 Views House prices are expected to have risen by 2% in mainland UK by the end of the year – but growth will stall in 2021, according to new research.The housing market’s rapid recovery following lockdown sparked a rapid price spike in some parts of the country, according to the figures from Hamptons International.Wales (3%) followed by London (2.5%), Yorkshire & the Humber (2.5%) and the North West (2.5%) will see the strongest house price growth in 2020.However, the East of England and the West Midlands will see prices rise by just 1.0% this year.Hamptons predicts the economic consequences of the Covid-19 restrictions will be mostly felt next year, but it expects some economic recovery to have taken place by then.Assuming a trade deal is agreed with the EU and a vaccine becomes available in the first half of next year, with no major second lockdown, the firm believes prices to remain flat, with zero growth in 2021.Regional variationsThe West Midlands looks set to record the biggest price falls next year (-1.5%), followed by London (-1%) and the South West (-1%). Conversely, house prices are likely to rise gradually in six of the 11 regions.Regional variations in predicted house price growth over next four yearsLooking further ahead, as the economy recovers house price growth is expected to accelerate to 2.5% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 across the UK (excluding Northern Ireland), equating to 8% over the next four years.The more affordable regions in the north of England and Scotland that have lagged behind over the last decade are forecast to lead on price growth over the next four years, with prices in the North-East set to rise 11.5% by the end of 2023.Property transactions in the UK will reach 1 million in 2020, rising gradually to 1.1 million in 2021 before surpassing the five-year average in 2022 (chart 2).Rents to underperformRents are expected to underperform house prices this year, with -1.0% falls forecast, followed by a further -1.0% fall in 2021 before rebounding strongly.Aneisha Beveridge, head of research at Hamptons International, said: “The housing market’s strong start to 2020 soon came to a halt with the rise of Covid-19 but after seven weeks of lockdown the market began to recover quickly.“The market was buoyed by pent-up demand going back to 2016 as well as a rise in the number of households making lockdown-induced lifestyle changes, all topped off by a stamp duty holiday. We believe house prices are set to rise across Great Britain and will end 2020 having picked up from where they started at the beginning of the year.”However, Beveridge warns the real challenges from the government’s Covid restrictions will be felt next year.“The economic consequences from the Covid-19-induced recession will pull the housing market from its long-term growth trajectory,” she says. “While some economic recovery should have taken place to cushion the withdrawal of government support, we still expect the housing market to slow next year.“In line with a gradual economic recovery, we forecast house prices to rise again in 2022 and 2023.  The housing market will fall back in line with its historical cycle, with northern regions expected to see the greatest price growth, further closing the gap with those in the south.”House prices 2020 House prices 2021 House prices to stall in 2021 house prices Hamptons International September 28, 2020Richard ReedOne commentJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 29th September 2020 at 9:18 amZero growth in 2021 would be a great result as everyone that piled out of London post lockdown has been over paying as sellers hiked prices by about ten times the stamp duty saving. Buyer numbers have already started dropping.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Pakistan picks STM over DCNS for submarine modernization

first_img Authorities View post tag: DCNS Share this article June 23, 2016 Despite of the fact that the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B submarines were designed and built by French DCNS, Pakistan has chosen Turkey’s STM to carry out modernization of three of the submarines.The contract between Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production and STM was signed on June 22, 2016 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.After the tendering process was initiated April 16, STM and DCNS underwent a competitive evaluation process which determined STM to be more suitable for the role.According to STM, the modernization operations will be performed at a local shipyard in Pakistan and the first submarine is expected to be delivered in 45 months.The other submarines are estimated to be modernized with 1 year in between the modernization of each.The three Agosta 90B diesel electric submarines are an improved version of the initial two Agosta’s acquired by Pakistan between 1979 and 198o.PNS Khalid (S137), the first modernized submarine was built in France and completed in 1999. PNS Saad and PNS Hamza joined the Pakistani Navy by 2008.Pakistan also has plans for developing an indigenous submarine which would have nuclear propulsion. Some reports say the development could start between 2017 and 2020 and take 5 to 8 years to complete. View post tag: STMcenter_img Pakistan picks STM over DCNS for Agosta submarine modernization Back to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan picks STM over DCNS for Agosta submarine modernization View post tag: Pakistan Navy View post tag: Agosta-classlast_img read more

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Reporting in Growing a skilled workforce

first_imgThe Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers (ABIM) held a forum on 6 June focusing on Growing a Sustainable Bakery Industry. The theme included social, economic and environmental topics.One of the critical issues discussed was the current skills challenges facing the industry. Derek Williams, development director for Improve, the skills body for the food and drink industry, discussed some of the significant changes that have occurred during the last 10 years and predicted changes to the workforce demographic. His message was clear: the baking industry needs to be an attractive career choice, underpinned by high quality training and opportunities for advancement.Additionally, he said, the industry needs to be more flexible to attract and retain a wider range of employees including females, ethnic minorities and older workers.He was joined by Matthew May from the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees who brought a student’s perspective of skills needs to the discussion. A challenge he identified is that while practical skills are being taught, often the technical understanding behind them is missing.While the industry faces a number of challenges, the skills agenda is moving ahead, including a proposal to establish a Bakery Skills Academy, first discussed at a summit during the Bakery Industry Exhibition earlier this year. Over the course of the next six months, a cross-industry group, including ABIM, will be focusing on getting the Academy up and running.last_img read more

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VxRail—Simpler. More Powerful. More Protected.

first_imgIn addition to all of this, Dell EMC and VMware are working together to accelerate the path to a multi-cloud vision–ensuring IT organizations are always on the forefront of hardware and software technology advances, and are able to respond to evolving business needs in a cloud-first world (learn more).So what does all of this mean? When customers ask me what workloads are right for HCI, I tell them “virtually any” (do you see what I did there?). But I am being genuine—if it’s a virtualized workload, it’s most likely a good candidate for hyper-converged. Customers from every vertical have been quick to take advantage, and adoption rates are only increasing from the edge to the core to the cloud. For example, we are now supporting a national retailer whose goal is to move to a completely software-defined data center. They chose VxRail, calling it “the logical choice for anybody using VMware products who wants to put [in a] hyper-converged infrastructure.” I must say, I agree.When we say “VxRail Appliances are the standard for rapidly and predictably transforming VMware environments,” it is not an exaggeration. By working together, Dell EMC and VMware have created a product that dramatically simplifies IT operations, accelerates time to market, and delivers an incredible return on investment. With new innovations such as synchronous releases between VxRail and VMware, Dell EMC and VMware are enabling customers to innovate even faster and more predictably. And with the added confidence of knowing investments in VxRail are now backed by Dell EMC’s future proof loyalty program, customers looking to take the next step in their IT Transformation journey can set their eyes on the horizon.Speaking of horizons, if you’re here at VMworld make sure to stop by the Great Xscape—VR in the Dell EMC Modern Infrastructure Solutions Booth #1276 for an experience unlike any others. In our virtual reality escape room you perform actual VxRail admin tasks in outer space in a race against the clock. Not here? No problem—you can join in the fun by participating via Twitter; just tune in to #GreatXscapeVR.Hope to see you here! Synchronous releases between VxRail and VMware speed time to value with the adoption of the latest VMware releases within 30 days. By ensuring customers get the latest VMware updates and fixes as quickly as possible, Dell EMC empowers them to continuously innovate so they can stay ahead of the competition.The new VxRail G560 delivers greater density in a 2U/4Node form factor and outperforms the previous VxRail G Series with up to 1.75x more cores, up to 100% increase in processing power, up to 4x more memory, and 3x capacity increase improvement in the boot deviceThe Dell EMC Networking Fabric Design Center, which now includes VxRail, offers wizard-based network design capabilities—resulting in a faster time to production, right-sized for your environment, and interoperable in your existing infrastructure.Dell EMC’s future-proof loyalty program protects your VxRail investments by leveraging the strength of Dell Technologies to offer the industry’s strongest investment protection: three years versus our competitors, who provide 30 days for their programs. 1ESG Hyperconverged Infrastructure Trends, July 2017center_img It has been two-and-a-half years since we launched VxRail. In that narrow window of time, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has redefined what is possible for IT and the businesses it supports. According to a 2017 ESG report1, HCI usage has more than doubled since 2015—and it’s no mystery why.Why is HCI growing so rapidly? For starters, deploying HCI solutions reduces (or eliminates) reliance on more rigid, siloed technologies; increases IT operational speed and efficiency while reducing TCO; empowers digital transformation by transforming IT; I can go on and on… and so can Dell EMC and VMware, together.You hopefully already know that VxRail Appliances—co-engineered and pre-tested with VMware—are the standard for predictably transforming VMware environments. I am excited to announce new innovations that make VxRail even simpler to deploy and manage, more powerful and able to address even more use cases, and offers additional peace of mind through investment protection:last_img read more

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Wall Street gains on Boeing news, Trump’s reopening plan

first_imgGilead Sciences Inc surged 8.1 percent following a report that patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, had responded positively to its experimental drug, remdesivir.With no treatments or vaccines currently approved for the coronavirus, the news lifted global equity markets, but Gilead said the totality of the data from the trial needed to be analyzed and it expected to report results from a study in severe COVID-19 patients at the end of April.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 445.98 points, or 1.89 percent, to 23,983.66, the S&P 500 gained 47.29 points, or 1.69 percent, to 2,846.84 and the Nasdaq Composite added 40.45 points, or 0.47 percent, to 8,572.81.Bank stocks recovered after four straight days of losses triggered by lenders reporting several billion dollars in reserves to cover potential loan defaults. Financial stocks were the top boost to the S&P 500.Apple fell as Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock on expectations of a 36 percent drop in iPhone shipments during the third quarter due to coronavirus-related lockdowns.Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 4.96-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 3.58-to-1 ratio favored advancers.The S&P 500 posted eight new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 28 new highs and nine new lows.Topics : However, the index remains well off its all-time high and strategists have warned of a deep economic slump as a halt in business activity puts millions of Americans out of work.Some US states on Friday were expected to announce timetables for lifting restrictions, a day after Trump outlined guidelines for a phased reopening of the devastated US economy.The plans “provide some hope and optimism for folks and the market and the whole economy. It’s a start,” said Gary Bradshaw, portfolio manager at Hodges Capital Management in Dallas.The news on Boeing, which Bradshaw says his firm owns, has helped lift optimism as well. US stocks rose on Friday, helped by a surge in Boeing shares, President Donald Trump’s plan to reopen the economy and hopes of a potential drug by Gilead to treat COVID-19.Shares of the US planemaker soared on plans to restart commercial jet production in Washington state after halting operations last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.The S&P 500 was up sharply from its March trough and set to gain for the week following a raft of global stimulus and on hopes that statewide lockdowns would be eased as the outbreak showed signs of ebbing.last_img read more

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97 dead, two survivors in Pakistan plane crash

first_imgAll but two of the 99 people on board a Pakistan passenger plane were killed when it crashed into a residential neighborhood of Karachi, officials said Saturday, as rescue workers toiled through the charred and twisted wreckage strewn across the street.The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane had made multiple approaches to land at Karachi airport on Friday when it came down among houses, sparking a rescue operation that lasted into the night.The bodies of all the passengers and crew had been recovered, the Sindh Health Ministry said, adding that 19 had been identified.  PIA said air traffic control lost contact with the plane travelling from Lahore to Karachi just after 2:30 pm (0930 GMT).The disaster comes as Pakistanis prepare to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, with many travelling to their homes in cities and villages.Sarfraz Ahmed, a firefighter at the crash site, told AFP that rescuers had pulled bodies from the Airbus A320 aircraft who were still wearing seatbelts.Residents near the scene recounted how their walls shook before a big explosion erupted as the aircraft slammed into the neighborhood.”I was coming from the mosque when I saw the plane tilting on one side. It was so low that the walls of my house were trembling,” said 14-year-old Hassan.Another resident, Mudassar Ali, said he “heard a big bang and woke up to people calling for the fire brigade”.An AFP reporter witnessed charred bodies being loaded into ambulances.”It was an [Airbus] A320, which is one of the safest planes,” PIA chief executive Arshad Mahmood Malik said at a press conference. “Technically, operationally everything was in place.” Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the captain, Sajjad Gull, had been described by the airline as a senior A320 pilot with extensive flight experience.Airbus said that the plane had first entered service in 2004 and was acquired by PIA a decade later and had logged around 47,100 flight hours. PIA promised a full independent investigation. ‘Prayers & condolences’Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked and saddened” by the crash, tweeting that he was in touch with the state airline’s chief executive.”Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased,” he wrote on Twitter.The Pakistan military said security forces were deployed to the neighborhood and helicopters were used to survey the damage, while offering condolences over the “loss of precious lives.”Commercial flights resumed only days ago, after planes were grounded during a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.Pakistan has a chequered military and civilian aviation safety record, with frequent plane and helicopter crashes over the years.In 2016, a Pakistan International Airlines plane burst into flames after one of its two turboprop engines failed while flying from the remote north to Islamabad, killing more than 40 people.The deadliest air disaster on Pakistani soil was in 2010, when an Airbus A321 operated by private airline Airblue and flying from Karachi crashed into the hills outside Islamabad as it came in to land, killing all 152 people on board.An official report blamed the accident on a confused captain and a hostile cockpit atmosphere.PIA, a leading airline until the 1970s, has seen its reputation sink due to frequent cancellations, delays and financial troubles.It has been involved in numerous controversies over the years, including the jailing of a drunk pilot in Britain in 2013.Topics : DNA testing was being carried out at the University of Karachi to help identify the dead. Flames and plumes of smoke were sent into the air as the plane came down, its wings slicing through rooftops before crashing onto a street.Residents were the first to search through debris for survivors, with witnesses reporting the cries of a man hanging from the plane’s emergency exit door.A local hospital earlier reported it had received the bodies of people killed on the ground.last_img read more

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Pandemic creates fresh momentum for new sports blueprint

first_imgThe late Bob Hasan, a father figure for Indonesian athletics, once said that one of his failures in more than 40 years of leading the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI) was the inability to constantly produce a large number of track and field champions.Bob, who passed away in March, said the PASI was only able to produce one star athlete at a time, even before his leadership, from sprinter Mohammad Sarengat in the 1960s to the current top sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri. “Data show that our past achievements were not by design but by accident. We found talents and we trained them. But we could not duplicate [either the success or the process]. We have no system for creating achievements,” he said.The planned sports blueprint, he said, was particularly important in supporting Indonesia’s ambition to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, where fresh batches of athletes from across the world are expected to compete.The scheme also aims at promoting sports science in Indonesia, which has fallen behind Southeast Asian countries in sports science, as reflected in Indonesia’s mediocre performance at past biennial multisport regional events like the SEA Games.Analysts, however, said Zainudin’s plan for a sports grand design was not new. A similar idea had once been floated by then-sports minister Adhyaksa Dault during the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.Adhyaksa had gathered 55 sports experts from Aceh to Papua to formulate a strategy for national sports, according to sports expert Tandiyo Rahayu from Semarang State University, but the scheme was abandoned when Adhyaksa’s term in office ended.Such a discontinuity in sport policy hampered national sports development, Tandiyo said.Some major federations, such as those for badminton, soccer, athletics and swimming, meanwhile, have their own programs to optimize performance of athletes, even though these efforts are still far from perfect, according to Tandiyo.A lack of facilities contributes to the poor development of sports science, with Tandiyo recording only Jakarta, West Java and East Java as having sports science laboratories.Sports expert Djoko Pekik Irianto from Yogyakarta State University called on the government to be consistent in developing sports nationwide and to build a sports culture among the youth and society at large.He also said that the state budget allocation for sports was not enough to support sports science development and increase the use of sports science in athletes’ training programs.This year, the Youth and Sports Ministry will receive about Rp 1.7 trillion (US$114 million) from the state budget, among the lowest received by any ministry.”Not to mention that many coaches are not familiar with sports science. Therefore, I suggest scholars create a practical formula that can be easily implemented by coaches in daily training programs for athletes,” Djoko said.Topics : “So far, [we have been able to produce] one top athlete every decade. This is wrong,” he told The Jakarta Post in September. He said that the PASI, at the time, was perfecting its training regimen and expanding the reach of its talent scouting program.What Bob said reflects what is happening in almost every sport in the country, which has long been struggling with formulating long-term, comprehensive development programs for athletes to transform young athletes into champions.The Youth and Sports Ministry is now formulating the so-called national sports grand design to improve the country’s sporting prowess, with minister Zainudin Amali noting that the country had more time to do so after many sporting events have either been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The plan was revealed by Zainudin during an online public discussion hosted by the Semarang State University last week. He said Indonesia’s sports achievements mostly happened by accident.last_img read more

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Arsenal chief Edu explains reasoning behind Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian signings

first_img 1/1 Read More Skip Ad Coming Next Read More Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Advertisement Video Settings by Metro Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 4:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares SPONSORED Read More Full Screen Read More Read More deadline day move to West Ham Arsenal chief Edu explains reasoning behind Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian signings Edu praises the physical and mental attributes of the new additions, who he says are hungry to lead the north London club to glory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected PLAY Edu is the man in charge of transfers at the Emirates (Picture: Arsenal)Arsenal technical director Edu says the club added ‘quality’, ‘physicality’ and mental fortitude to their squad this summer with the signings of Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Willian.In a big show of faith to boss Mikel Arteta, top target Partey was recruited from Atletico Madrid as the north London club activated his £45 million release clause on deadline day.The Gunners also recruited centre-back Gabriel and experienced winger Willian, as well as re-securing the services of Dani Ceballos on another season-long loan from Real Madrid. Advertisement Skip About Connatix V67539 ‘I think we improved the squad’s quality and physicality,’ Edu told the club’s official website.‘Thomas, who we had in our plan for the future, when me and Mikel sit and talked, I think you get all the players who we really focused on. If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, he gives us a lot of physicality and presence. Dani, quality. ‘Thomas, physicality, quality and mentally he is very strong. But in the end if you see all these players we brought to the club, they are very good here (points to legs), but they are better here (points to head) which for me is very important because when you talk to the players, they have a lot of ambition, they are excited and they are hungry to win a title again. ‘This, for me, is important to have in the players to not only be good here (points to legs), but good here (points to head). And they are.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAs well as new signings, Arsenal crucially negotiated new contracts for top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and youngsters Bukayo Saka and Martinelli.‘This is another good point I want to mention because normally people are talking about signing players but for me and Mikel, we dedicate our time to what we have at home,’ the Brazilian added. ‘So we have to renew players, we have to give our respect to the players we have here, so let’s do it as soon as possible. If you see, Martinelli was the first one we did even before the window, Bukayo was during the window and Auba was in the window as well. ‘Those three, in my plan, was to try to get them done before the window even opened but of course there are negotiations, there are talks, there are meetings but we did it and it’s an important point as well.’MORE: Arsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer windowMORE: Gareth Southgate heaps praise on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka ahead of England vs WalesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page / Top articleslast_img read more

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EIOPA turns to external researchers for help with big questions

first_imgEurope’s insurance and pensions regulator is turning to external experts to come up with ideas and research to help it tackle a range of questions about topics such as investment allocations and liquidity stress testing.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) announced the call for research proposals on Monday, saying it was aimed at addressing open questions related to five topics with a special emphasis on policy angles.The Frankfurt-based authority said: “The ongoing policy and regulatory debates related to the European financial system have been increasingly focused on beyond banking topics including insurance and pension sectors.“Many questions which need to be addressed require both appropriate theoretical foundations as well as deep empirical analysis,” it said. The topics for which it wants research proposals are:Investment allocations of insurers and pension funds;Liquidity stress testing in the insurance sector;Early warning systems in insurance;Systemic relevance of insurance sector and its interlinkages with financial and real sectors;Economic valuation of insurers’ liabilities; best estimate and risk margin.A firstA spokeswoman for EIOPA told IPE this was the first time the regulator had launched such a call, and that it was a response to growing importance of insurance and pension sectors in the overall financial system.“This growing importance reinforces the need to fully develop a both theoretical and empirical foundation for risk assessment methodologies to be used for the sectors,” she said.The authority was taking this new step, she said, “in order to leverage the expertise and capacity of external researchers to further enhance a methodological framework available in EIOPA to be able to timely and properly monitor and assess all risks in the insurance and pension sector and address relevant pending research questions”.While the global research community did a lot of research – both theoretical and empirical – in the area of banking, she said significantly less had been done on insurance and pensions.“We see many topics where more theoretical foundations could be developed to address all ongoing and emerging issues,” she said, adding that this was particularly true for the area of financial stability where micro and macro topics came together and broad expertise covering finance and economics was needed.  All interested researchers with a solid academic background currently working for academic institutions or public authorities are being invited to participate, with each research team having to consist of at least one expert from EIOPA.The deadline for proposals is 15 December.In its recently-published global financial stability report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that lower-for-longer yields may prompt institutional investors to seek riskier and more illiquid investments to reach targeted returns.“This increased risk-taking may lead to a further buildup of vulnerabilities among investment funds, pension funds, and life insurers,” it said.Low yields promoted greater portfolio similarities among investment funds, the IMF wrote, adding that this may amplify market sell-offs if there were an adverse shock.“The need to satisfy contingent calls arising from pension funds’ illiquid investments could constrain the traditional role they play in stabilising markets during periods of stress,” it said.last_img read more

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EPL: David and Goliath as Norwich dare Reds

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Norwich vs. Liverpool Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 6:30PMBottom faces top in the Premier League this evening when Norwich City host Liverpool at Carrow Road as both sides return to top-flight action following the mid-season break. An enormous chasm of 55 points separates the two sides in the standings, with Liverpool looking certain to end their 30-year wait for a title while Norwich would need a great escape to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. It was against Norwich that Liverpool’s remarkable season began back in August, when their 4-1 triumph at Anfield gave an early glimpse of what we could expect from both sides in 2019-20. Many expected Norwich to fare a little better than they have considering the number of problems they caused Jurgen Klopp’s side despite the heavy defeat, but no-one could have predicted just how dominant the Reds would go on to be, even when they were four goals ahead at half time. Twenty-four games later and Liverpool boast a 22-point lead over champions Manchester City – already the biggest lead in Premier League history and one which they have the chance to extend to 25 courtesy of Man City’s postponed game against West Ham United last weekend. No team in the history of Europe’s top five leagues can match Liverpool’s record so far this term, with Klopp’s side reaching the winter break having won 24 of their 25 league games, dropping only two points from a possible 75. Indeed, the remarkable record stretches further back than the last time these two teams met in August, with Liverpool picking up 100 of the last 102 points on offer in the Premier League in a run which now stretches back almost an entire year. A plethora of records have already been shattered and many more look destined to follow in a campaign the like of which has never been seen before and may never be seen again, but central to the relentlessness of their form is Klopp’s insistence to take every game as it comes. Such a zero-tolerance approach to complacency may be tested in a week which sees a much more alluring Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid follow this trip to the Premier League’s basement club, although even when chalking up win after win there have been enough scares to keep Liverpool on their toes. A 4-0 win over Southampton in the last league game was nowhere near as straightforward as the result suggests, and it remains to be seen whether the Premier League’s first ever winter break could have an impact on the winning momentum Liverpool have enjoyed almost unimpeded since the start of the season. Visiting the league’s bottom side is a kind way to get back into the groove, though, and should Liverpool avoid a slip-up at Carrow Road then it would be their 43rd successive top-flight game without defeat to move clear of Nottingham Forest’s 1978 team and haul the Arsenal Invincibles that bit closer. Another landmark within reach is the top-flight record for consecutive wins; victory on Saturday would see Liverpool equal their own mark of 17 which came to an end at Old Trafford earlier this season and leave them just one short of Man City’s record of 18. An away win looks to be by far the most likely result in this match, and Daniel Farke’s admission that his side would need a minor miracle to avoid relegation could also be applied to their chances of toppling Liverpool. The Canaries are seven points adrift of safety with 13 games of the campaign remaining, while their league-worst goal difference makes the gap even more difficult to make up. Norwich have conceded the joint-most goals in the league this season while only Crystal Palace have scored fewer, which is a worrying record when facing a team with the second-best attack and by far the best defensive record. Farke’s side have won just one of their last 12 league games too, although there is perhaps some cause for optimism within that run considering many of their best performances have come when they have been the biggest underdogs. Since the beginning of December Norwich have taken points off Arsenal, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, and they will need to muster those levels of performance again in a run which sees Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester and Sheffield United next up after Liverpool. Indeed, six of their next seven league games come against teams currently in the top half, while trips to Chelsea and Manchester City also loom in the final three weeks of the season, so there will need to be more than one upset along the way if they are to haul themselves away from relegation. The Canaries will certainly need to improve their home form considering that Southampton are the only team to have picked up fewer points in front of their own fans this term, and they made a good start to that with victory over Bournemouth in their last outing at Carrow Road. The 1-0 triumph not only secured a first home league win since their unforgettable triumph over Man City in September, it also saw them keep a clean sheet at home in the top flight for the first time since March 2016 – a run which stretched back 16 games. Liverpool is an entirely different proposition, though, with Klopp’s side have scored in every game so far this season and conceded just one goal at the other end in their last 10 matches. Norwich possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Tettey, McLean, Buendia, Duda, Cantwell, Pukki. Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoolNorwich Citylast_img read more

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