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Private rents rise to a new high of £770 a month

Private rents rise to a new high of £770 a month

Private rents hit a record high last month, with tenants shelling out an average of £770 a month.   The cost of renting in England and Wales increased to the [...]

EU banker bonus cap is a ‘crude tool’ with ‘perverse’ outcome, says MP

EU banker bonus cap is a ‘crude tool’ with ‘perverse’ outcome, says MP

Politician Andrew Tyrie has criticised the EU’s banker bonus cap plan as a ‘crude tool’ as the government withdraws its challenge against the plan.   Chancellor George Osborne made the [...]

Chancellor waters down HMRC powers to raid bank accounts for tax

Chancellor waters down HMRC powers to raid bank accounts for tax

Chancellor George Osborne has watered down plans to give the taxman the power to raid the bank accounts of those that owe money to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).   [...]

General Election 2015: What it might mean for investors…

General Election 2015: What it might mean for investors…

The UK economic recovery appears to be holding its own and wage growth is beginning to come through. However, the uncertainty over the outcome of next year’s general election is [...]

Energy bills continue to baffle millions of consumers

Energy bills continue to baffle millions of consumers

Despite the spring ushering in new rules from energy regulator Ofgem requiring energy companies to simplify bills, research shows that millions of customers are still struggling to understand their electricity [...]

Landline rental costs rocket by 29% in just three years

Landline rental costs rocket by 29% in just three years

Just as Virgin Media confirmed it is hiking the price of monthly home phone rental by an inflation busting 6.25%, new research claims the cost of a landline has increased [...]

FTSE 350 workers’ monthly wages on the rise‏

FTSE 350 workers’ monthly wages on the rise‏

Workers for FTSE 350 companies have seen their real wages rise, albeit by just £4.81 a month, compared with the same period a year ago claims the latest VocaLink Take [...]

Taking a longer view of investment returns…

Taking a longer view of investment returns…

Investment expert and director at Seven Investment Management Justin Urquhart Stewart explains why investors need to play a longer game… Time to take a longer view I think. The papers seem [...]

Capricorns are most likely to buy a new car

Dealers looking to increase their new car sales in next year may well want to open their sales pitch by checking when customers celebrate their birthday. A recent survey by [...]

Gross mortgage lending jumps 8% year-on-year in October

Gross mortgage lending jumped 8% on an annual basis to reach £19bn in October according to the latest estimates from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The trade body’s latest [...]

Generalist VCTs dominate as trade body publishes the top 20 performers of the last decade

The Association of Investment Companies has published the statistics for the top 20 performing Venture Capital Trusts in the last ten years. The top 20 performers have paid out average [...]

Japan and Korea offer insight into the future‏ – comment from Ashmore

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why taking a look at Japan and Korea could help form a view about the future, with both countries offering great insight [...]

Britons set to splash more than £17bn on Christmas cheer

British festive expenditure is set to top £17bn this year with Britons expected to splash out an average of £383 per person claims new research from MoneySuperMarket. The comparison site [...]

A third of young drivers happy to lie if it means a cheaper deal on car insurance

A third of young drivers are happy to lie if it means getting a cheaper deal on their car insurance. Research from switching site, found that 33% of UK [...]

The reorganisation of Royal Mail continues with asset stripping high on the agenda, but will staff be next?

Alastair McCaig, market commentator at IG Group discusses the outlook for Royal Mail ahead of its results on this week… On Wednesday 19 November, ahead of a busy Christmas period, [...]

The launch of China’s Stock Connect scheme – expert reactions

Today marks the opening of the first trading link between Shanghai and Hong Kong. The scheme dubbed, Stock Connect, gives China the ability to open up its equity capital market [...]

Government extending 24-hour visa service to attract more business to Britain

Downing Street has today unveiled plans to extend its 24-hour visa service in a bid to attract more investment in the UK. As the Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in [...]

Bank of England Inflation Report: “A cautious outlook”

Schroders European economist, Azad Zangana, comments on this week’s Bank of England Inflation Report… Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney delivered a cautious outlook when presenting the November Inflation Report [...]

The Money Taboo: Millions are stressed but talking about finances remains off limits

A massive 41% of Britons admit that money problems remain one of their biggest stresses yet nearly half, at 46%, refuse to talk about their woes according to new research [...]

Five reasons why it may be time to scoop up US high yield bonds

A leading US bond fund manager says it may be time to snap up high yield bonds after a period of painful repricing. Western Asset, an affiliate of giant US [...]

Unpaid carers over-50 number 3.6 million

There are more than 3.6 million over-50s caring for relatives and loved ones without pay, a study by Saga has revealed. Unpaid carers save the taxpayer millions every month and [...]

Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett: “Opportunities and risks in the UK market”

With the British economy having improved over the past 12 months, Mark Barnett, head of UK equities at Invesco Perpetual looks at whether that rate of improvement can be maintained… [...]

Cheap oil: The impact on the economy and markets

The price of oil has dropped sharply in the last month as lukewarm global growth has reduced demand expectations even as supply remains steady. Erik Knutzen, chief investment officer, multi-asset [...]

Too much online activity could hit consumer insurance claims

Just 29% of consumers think it is fair for insurance companies to use social media posts to check the validity of claims, research from Consumer Intelligence has shown The group’s [...]

M&S is a “buy” after better-than-expected results, says Share Centre

The Share Centre is recommending Marks and Spencer as a ‘buy’ as its first half results beat expectations. The shares rose 33p to 437.8p on Wednesday. Half-year pre-tax profit fell [...]

The world’s 10 most expensive ski resorts

Aspen in the US is the world’s priciest ski resort as a week on the slopes will set you back £2,329 before flights and accommodation, a study by No. 1 [...]

Campaign to boost public awareness of the financial impact of living with illness and disability goes live

A campaign to raise public awareness about the financial impact of long term illness and disability has just launched. The ‘Seven Families’ campaign will provide financial support for one year [...]

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