Our Approach – Consultancy | Capital Economics

Bespoke Research

For more than a decade, our consultancy team has provided clients with a range of bespoke research services, either to complement the award-winning forecasts and insight provided by our subscription services or as commissioned work on a stand-alone basis.

CE Private Equity

Our global coverage and wealth of consultancy experience across multiple sectors mean we are ideally placed to provide private equity firms with tailored research to help support due diligence on transactions, capital raising and investment planning.

Simply tell us the scope and we will assess the wider market, economic, and political trends directly relevant to your requirements. A bespoke report containing analysis and forecasts for the expected lifetime of the investment is produced for a fixed fee within four weeks, depending on the brief, and will typically include:

  • Executive summary
  • Essential macro context
  • Sector outlook
  • Macro risks
  • Alternative scenarios
  • Forecast tables
  • Presentation of findings

The many benefits of our independent analysis, include:

  • Informing transaction decisions
  • Adding weight to capital raising presentations
  • Providing input forecasts for commercial due diligence
  • Stress testing risks
  • Exploring new markets or regions

An extensive list of private equity firms around the world takes advantage of this bespoke research, often returning when the next project arises, so please contact us to discuss any potential requirements. 

CE Real Estate

Our consultancy team provides tailored research to real estate investment companies and property developers focusing on the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.

On a quarterly, half yearly, or annual basis, for a fixed fee, we can examine key themes or early warning signals on the housing and commercial property markets related to your investment or development portfolios. We will produce a concise, bespoke report with accompanying forecasts. A meeting with a senior consultancy economist is included to discuss the findings and shape the themes for the next report. Depending on your mix of property assets and locations, the analysis is likely to include coverage of:

  • Key supply and demand factors
  • Regional breakdowns
  • Occupier activity trends
  • Macro risks
  • Topical current events
  • Forecast tables

This tailored independent analysis provides a regular sense check for your management team on the implications that external factors may have for your property portfolios or development sites.

Please contact us to discuss any potential requirements.

CE White Label

We can help you keep your clients and potential investors informed with regular updates on the external economic, political and market factors influencing your funds or portfolio of investments offered. For wealth management, hedge fund and other asset management companies, we can provide concise monthly or quarterly reports tailored to cover your offerings. This can then be shared under your branding as is, or combined with your own investment commentary.

The key benefits are:

  • Enhancing your reputation with external audiences by providing quality insights
  • Freeing up internal resources
  • Potential time and cost savings from outsourcing
  • Tailored analysis unique to your brand

Our consultancy economists will synthesize content from our global coverage and external sources to produce customer-facing insight tailored to your needs so your internal resources can remain dedicated to core activities.

Please contact us to discuss any potential requirements.

CE Policy Influencer

No matter what the topic, one thing is certain: all policy makers expect sound economic justifications when companies, trade bodies, charities or other organizations are seeking to promote or prevent change. We have been commissioned on numerous occasions to provide bespoke economics research to add weight to our clients’ influencing needs.

Our reputation for robust, independent research can be a strong lever in discussions with policy makers, government officials and other stakeholders. Some examples of projects successfully completed in the public domain include:

  • Zero carbon communities (Scottish Power)
  • Improving connectivity – stimulating the economy (EE)
  • A single consolidated tax for small businesses (Centre for Policy Studies)
  • Border adjustment taxation – the implications (Retail Industry Leaders Association)
  • Increasing investment in social housing (Shelter)

We have the resources to cover projects requiring weeks or months of research. Our core strengths include the presentation of real and new insight using publicly available data. However, where the base of evidence is insufficient, we can devise survey questionnaires and conduct depth interviews to generate primary data to support further analysis.

Please contact us to discuss any potential requirements.

CE Public Influencer

Differentiating your products, services and brand from competitors and running effective public relations campaigns in a world of increasingly-integrated markets can be challenging. Our clients rely on us to provide bespoke economics research to form the centrepiece of communications campaigns designed to demonstrate thought leadership and enhance reputations. We will work with your inhouse team or agencies to help shape the scope of the project and independently conduct any research needed if we believe the economic case can be made.

We have successfully completed projects for many clients on a diverse range of topics including:

  • Enabling corporates and trade bodies to headline their economic contributions
  • Demonstrating the trade credentials of several International Finance Centres
  • Revealing the costs of hidden fees for a currency exchange market disruptor
  • Assessing the progress towards energy transition for an international law firm
  • Providing insight into small businesses for e-commerce and software providers
  • Analysing the benefits of outsourcing for a provider of public services

Our award-winning economists are regularly quoted by the global financial media and our reputation for robust independent research, which often challenges orthodox views, lends credibility, integrity and conviction to campaigns.

Please contact us to discuss any potential requirements.

CE Consumer Risk Dashboards

We regularly produce indices to help our clients monitor the variables relevant to their lending positions. Our monthly composite consumer risk indices are specially designed for banks, credit card providers and fintech companies which lend to consumers. They provide clear, concise and graphical representations of the direction of travel of consumer risk and highlight longer-term trends, while ‘traffic light’ warning indicators can be tailored to requirements that help inform credit risk and impairment strategy. We can also provide additional statistical analysis to identify those early warning signals relevant to clients’ metrics of interest. Our indicators include but are not limited to:

  • Consumer sentiment
  • Employment
  • Consumer credit
  • Retail sales volumes, including online and offline
  • Whole economy, total pay

Please contact us to discuss any potential requirements.

CE Business Planning

Most corporations undertake extensive annual strategic business planning processes to remain flexible to change, set financial forecasts, stress test business models, and assess supply and demand risks and opportunities. Our consultancy economists often provide clients with bespoke packages tailored to specific requirements to help inform this process, building on the expertise of our macroeconomic, markets, commodities and property teams. We have a menu of options available to choose from:

  • Deep-dive country and sector reports on the impacts of macroeconomic factors
  • Long-term forecast spreadsheets for key demand, cost and price indicators, including; consumer spending, business investment, exports, wages, rents, exchange rates, commodity prices, interest rates and inflation
  • Tailored upside and downside scenarios for stress testing
  • Collaborative workshops with senior management teams
  • Board presentations

We have assisted across a wide range of sectors including, food and drink manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, insurance, retail, property, information technology, car manufacturing and healthcare.

If your organization is looking to wield greater influence or be better strategically prepared for the future why not request an exploratory consultation.

Please contact us to discuss any potential requirements.