The Chancellor has announced that the Autumn Budget will take place on Monday 29 October.
The day is much earlier than was expected and will see the second Autumn Budget since Mr Hammond abolished the Autumn Statement in 2016, and moved the then Spring Budget to the autumn.
This year, the Budget will fall on a Monday, rather than the normal day which is Wednesday. Why? Probably so as to avoid giving the headline writers a field-day as the Wednesday is Halloween!
Whilst the Chancellor may have been wise to avoid Halloween-themed headlines by shifting the Budget to a Monday, 29 October marks the 89th anniversary of Black Tuesday, when the Wall Street stock market crashed, triggering the Great Depression.
Over the coming weeks I will be taking a more serious look at what might be in store and what I’d like to see Mr Hammond announce.