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Britain must invest and export more to ensure 2014′s “stellar” growth is not a flash in the pan

Britain must invest and export more to ensure 2014′s “stellar” growth is not a flash in the pan

Leading business lobby the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned that the UK needs to invest and export more to ensure “the stellar 2014 growth is not a flash [...]

Bank lending continues to slide – as do savings rates

Bank lending continues to slide – as do savings rates

Lending to UK businesses contracted further during the second quarter of 2014, the Bank of England (BoE) has confirmed, despite its attempt to stimulate lending via the Funding for Lending [...]

Is this the last hurrah for poor value annuities? If it is, don’t get caught out…

Is this the last hurrah for poor value annuities? If it is, don’t get caught out…

The gap between the best paying annuities – the income for life you swap your pension pot for -  and the worst has widened in the first half of 2014. This [...]

Brokers tip Melrose Industries as group announces 9% rise in profits

Brokers tip Melrose Industries as group announces 9% rise in profits

Brokers have come out in support of Melrose Industries as the firm’s half-year profits rise by 8.6%. Analysts at Investec Securities, Canaccord Genuity and The Share Centre have all reiterated [...]

More than £5bn’s worth of benefits unclaimed by UK pensioners – are you entitled?

More than £5bn’s worth of benefits unclaimed by UK pensioners – are you entitled?

UK pensioners are being urged to check their state entitlements as up to £5.5bn of income related benefits are currently going unclaimed. Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions [...]

Could markets be heading towards a 60% crash?

Could markets be heading towards a 60% crash?

Two analysts have warned that markets could be facing a collapse of up to 60%. Speaking to CNBC David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear [...]

200 business leaders sign letter backing an independant Scotland

200 business leaders sign letter backing an independant Scotland

Some 200 business leaders have signed a letter backing the case for an independent Scotland. In the letter published in The Herald, the signatories include Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter, [...]

What are the implications for emerging market investors of a ‘Cold War in miniature’?

Ashmore's Jan Dehn worries about the impact of debt sanctions on EM bond markets

What are the implications for emerging market investors of a ‘Cold War in miniature’?

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses current geopolitical issues and the implications for emerging markets investors The transformation of finance, economic policy and global politics that was sparked by [...]

Deutsche Bank hit with £4.7m fine for failing to properly report transactions

The City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has hit the London arm of Deutsche Bank with a £4.7m fine for incorrectly reporting transactions between November 2007 and April 2013. [...]

Housing costs on a “cliff edge” with three in five anxious over household bills

Charity group Citizens Advice has warned that the pressure of hefty bills such as childcare and energy costs will mean that half of households will have to slash spending this [...]

Pound shop retailers not offering value to potential shareholders

Pound shops may not offer value or at least not to equity investors with fierce competition environment and a struggle to increase margins due to their cost cutting measures argues [...]

UK equity income sees £1bn net sales in July

UK Equity Income was the best-selling mutual fund sector in July with net retail sales of £1.0 billion out of total sales of £1.9bn. Tracker funds net retail sales highest [...]

Mortgage borrowers expecting to pay £590 more a year if rates rise 0.5%

Mortgage borrowers expect to pay £590 more a year on average if interest rates rise by 0.5% according to research by Comparethemarket.com. The firm says that for the 11.2 million [...]

Millions of motorists ignoring the risks of driving the morning after the night before

A new report suggests that millions of UK motorists are putting the lives of other road users at risk and could face losing their driving license because they are driving [...]

Know what ISA, AER and FSCS mean? Then you’re in the minority

Consumers are being bamboozled by jargon and technical language from banks and building societies, with only half of people knowing what an ISA is. Research from National Savings & Investments [...]

Funny money: More than £1bn of loose change resting in coin jars countrywide

An estimated £1.3bn of loose change is sitting in coin jars across the country with the typical pot containing £40.80. The study from comparison site Gocompare found that 31.3m UK [...]

Brokers back UK house-builder Taylor Wimpey

Confidence is growing in Taylor Wimpey as analysts at The Share Centre upgrade their recommendation on the house-builder’s shares to a ‘buy’. While its stock is off by 10% over [...]

Does a ten year bund yield of 1% mean deflation?

Michael Krautzberger, Head of European Fixed Income at BlackRock, comments on German 10-year Bund yields crossing below 1% and provides some graphs for his analysis too.  German short-dated yields have been low for several [...]

UK households still pessimistic about their finances

The UK’s Markit Household Finance Index rose fractionally to 42.2 in August, up from 42.0 in July but still well below the neutral 50.0 value says Markit, indicating pessimism. Negative [...]

BHP Billiton – shares not capital on offer from demerger – but The Share Centre still says ‘Buy’

Mining giant BHP Billiton plans to spin-off some of its assets into a new (£8.4bn) metals and mining company specialising in aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, and silver. BHP Billiton will [...]

Hargreaves Lansdown offers low cost income drawdown ‘retirement bridge’ to investors who have delayed annuity decision

Hargreaves Lansdown is offering a low cost drawdown plan which it terms a ‘retirement bridge’ with a minimum fee of £75+VAT. It says this will allow investors to draw their [...]

European real estate could return 7% a year but deflation remains a threat

Aviva Investors is forecasting that the European ex-UK real estate market could return up to 8.2% a year over the 2014-2016 period and 7% per annum over the longer term [...]

Guest blog – why the financial watchdog should not have banned Cocos from the retail market

Cormac Hollingsworth, research associate at thinktank the Social Market Foundation makes the case for why the financial watchdog should not have banned bank bonds known as Cocos from the the [...]

Eurozone should bounce back says Schroders’ Zangana

The Eurozone should bounce back from disappointing economic numbers says Schroders European economist Azad Zangana. In a note issued today, he writes: “Within the eurozone, Germany surprised most by posting growth [...]

Four million workers now in workplace pensions under new auto-enrolment system

Four million workers have now been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension according to the Pension Regulator. The regulator’s monthly declaration of compliance report shows that more than 21,000 employers [...]

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