August 24, 2016 - Latest: Brexit? What Brexit?

Brexit? What Brexit?

24 August 2016

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Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens on whether Brexit gloom is all talk with very little substance We are now two months from the Brexit vote and the doomsters are beginning to sound like an outdated stuck record.  Last week saw some key UK economic statistics which continue to reveal a robust economy.  UK retail sales […]

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UK dividends fall 3.3% year on year in the second quarter but global divis grow 2.3%

22 August 2016

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UK dividends are falling further behind the world’s other developed markets, according to the Henderson Global Dividend Index, as cuts from some of the UK’s largest listed companies and, for overseas investors, a falling pound take their toll. In underlying terms, UK dividends fell 3.3% year on year in the second quarter, the weakest performance […]

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Expert Opinion: The Bank restarts the printing presses but will it boost aggregate demand?

22 August 2016 by Chris Iggo

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Re-starting the printing press – Reading about the Bank of England (BoE) cutting the bank rate to 0.25% and re-starting quantitative easing (QE) while I was away got me re-thinking about the effectiveness of monetary policy and how exactly QE is supposed to deliver higher growth and inflation. It is well understood that the economic […]

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The Bank restarts the printing presses but will it really boost spending?

22 August 2016

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Re-starting the printing press – Reading about the Bank of England (BoE) cutting the bank rate to 0.25% and re-starting quantitative easing (QE) while I was away got me re-thinking about the effectiveness of monetary policy and how exactly QE is supposed to deliver higher growth and inflation. It is well understood that the economic […]

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What’s the best way to help your kids through university?

19 August 2016

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Darius McDermott, managing director, Chelsea Financial Services looks at strategies for helping your children with university expenses. As A-level students around the country received their final results this week and got ready to (hopefully!) head off to their chosen university, it’s slightly sobering to consider many of them will have debts of £44,0001 when they […]

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How low can interest rates go and should they go lower at all?

19 August 2016

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Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma looks at the Bank of England’s Brexit strategy A few weeks have now passed since the Bank of England’s latest attempt at “shock and awe” monetary policy, designed to give Britain the best chance of escaping the worst potential ravages of our landmark decision to leave the European […]

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Government finances boosted by £1billion in July

19 August 2016

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The government finances found themselves in surplus in July of £1 billion, though expectations were for a surplus of closer to £2 billion. That brings public sector borrowing so far this financial year down to £23.7 billion, which is £3 billion better than in the same period last year. The surplus in July is down […]

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Brexit will hit wages for UK workers cancelling small uplift from immigration controls says Resolution Foundation

16 August 2016

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Cutting migration could deliver a small pay boost to some low-paid British-born workers, but any gains are likely to be dwarfed by the far bigger weakening of wage growth forecast by the Bank of England in the wake of the Brexit-vote. A new analysis by the Resolution Foundation examines the impact of any-post Brexit reduction in […]

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Inflation ticks up to 0.6% but big jump in ‘input’ prices for manufacturers

16 August 2016

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The UK’s inflation rate hit 0.6% in July a 0.1% rise on the previous month. The increase has been attributed to the rising cost of alcoholic drinks, hotel rooms and fuel. The slight uptick may unnerve savers, who are seeing savings rates fall. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation rose to 1.9% in […]

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Investor confidence rebounds from post Brexit concerns

12 August 2016

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Investor confidence has rebounded sharply in August with the Hargreaves Lansdown Investor Confidence Index rising 19% since July’s reading, which was taken in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum. The August reading of 80 is however still below the pre-Brexit level of 92, and lower than the long term average of 101. Outside of […]

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