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Are the oil majors having to come to terms with the dawning of solar power and what should investors do?

Are the oil majors having to come to terms with the dawning of solar power and what should investors do?

The sun’s been shining these past few days. But that’s nothing compared with the amount of hot stuff shining upon power from the sun. So forget fossil fuels and fracking, [...]

Tenants to get greater protection as property letting agents are made join approved ‘redress scheme’

Tenants to get greater protection as property letting agents are made join approved ‘redress scheme’

Millions of tenants and leaseholders will receive stronger protection from unscrupulous letting agents under new plans announced by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. The minister revealed three approved ‘redress schemes’ that [...]

Challenger banks Shawbrook and Close Brothers launch market leading fixed-rate bonds

Challenger banks Shawbrook and Close Brothers launch market leading fixed-rate bonds

With inflation having dropped back to 1.6%, the upstarts in the savings arena are continuing to shake-up the sector as Shawbrook Bank and Close Brothers launch market leading accounts writes [...]

Official numbers show UK house prices jumped by 9% over the past 12 months while London property rockets by almost 18%

Official numbers show UK house prices jumped by 9% over the past 12 months while London property rockets by almost 18%

UK property prices jumped 9.1% year-on-year in February with London prices up an eye-watering 17.7% official figures show writes Philip Scott. The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics [...]

Brokers backing Rio Tinto as the mining giant publishes latest production figures

Brokers backing Rio Tinto as the mining giant publishes latest production figures

Following the announcement of Rio Tinto’s latest market update brokers are tipping the world’s third-largest diversified mining company as a ‘buy’ writes Philip Scott. While the business started 2014 with [...]

Cost of living eases as inflation drops to 1.6% in March – its lowest level since October 2009

Cost of living eases as inflation drops to 1.6% in March – its lowest level since October 2009

Pressure on the Bank of England to lift interest rates has eased even more as the rate of inflation pulled back for the third month in a row during March [...]

Debenhams reports 25% drop in profits but implemention of new strategy lifts shares

Debenhams reports 25% drop in profits but implemention of new strategy lifts shares

Shares in Debenhams lifted 3% in early morning trading following the announcement its profits had collapsed by almost 25% as a result of a “challenging” trading period writes Philip Scott. [...]

Looking for a mortgage after 25 April? Get prepared for your spending habits to be stress tested by your lender

Looking for a mortgage after 25 April? Get prepared for your spending habits to be stress tested by your lender

Mortgage borrowers may find it more difficult obtaining the loan they want following the introduction of new rules on April 26 writes Jill Insley. Following an extensive review of the [...]

Is China set for transformational reform and what does this mean for investors?

Asian equity markets have lagged their developed market peers over the last twelve months as China – its biggest and most significant economy – has disappointed.  Stuart Parks head of [...]

Predictions of death of annuities premature says investment firm Towry

Prediction of the death of annuities are premature says Andy James, head of retirement planning at financial planning firm Towry. James says that for those who either do not have [...]

It’s a myth that emerging market debt is as risky and volatile as emerging market equity argues Insight

Emerging market corporate debt has shrugged off everything that has been thrown at it so far this year argues fund manager Insight’s emerging market fixed income managers Rodica Glavan and [...]

Better off Britons increasingly believe their heirs will use an inheritance for living expenses not for saving

Better off Britons believe their beneficiaries are increasingly likely to spend their inheritance on paying for the cost of living at the expense of saving a new survey by Close [...]

Pension minister expects 9 million in pensions for first time or saving more though some pension firms more sceptical

Around nine million pension savers will save for the first time or save more, due to reforms of workplace pensions the Government is claiming. The Department for Work and Pensions [...]

Five things investors learned in the last week

1) Hargreaves Lansdown leads a FTSE sell off as Morgan Stanley cuts its target price to £14.95 from £16.70 but topping the FCA complaints table for investment companies can’t have [...]

You are much less likely to know your partner’s salary in Belfast than in Cardiff

Nearly half of all couples do not know for certain how much their partner earns though women have a clearer picture than men according to research conducted for Stowe Family [...]

Middle income graduate will still have £39,000 student loan debt at age 40

The average student will leave university more than £44,000 in debt with nearly three quarters unable to clear the debt before it is written off after 30 years. The report [...]

Prudential halves minimum for investment in its income drawdown plan to £25,000

Prudential has reduced the minimum investment for its drawdown offering from £50,000 to £25,000 following Chancellor George Osborne’s pension reforms. Under interim changes announced in the Budget, the minimum income [...]

Investors have until April 30th to join RBoS Shareholder Action Group to seek compensation over bank’s 2008 rights issue

The RBoS Shareholder Action Group is reminding investors who wish to join its bid to seek compensation over the RBS right issue of May 2008 that they have only got [...]

Fears grow for China financial crisis but they may be overdone argues Schroders

Fears of a Chinese financial crisis are growing, but are may be overdone says Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders. He has outlined his view of the economic outlook [...]

ATOM – the UK’s first “truly digital bank” to open next year

A new digital bank called ATOM is to open next year led by the founder of Metro Bank Anthony Thomson and the CEO of First Direct Mark Mullen. Atom is expected [...]

Understanding the risk of deflation in Europe

By Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist – UK & Europe, J.P. Morgan Asset Management The eurozone is in recovery mode, at last.  But there are a number of risks and [...]

Proposed mansion tax would be a billion pound levy on London and the South East says Zoopla

The proposed mansion tax as proposed by the Liberal Democrats and Labour would likely generate under £1.2bn in tax revenue per year but over 95% of this income would be [...]

Commodities back in favour says ETF Securities

Commodities moved back into favour in the first quarter of 2014, with commodity prices as measured by the DJ-UBS Commodity Index rising by 7%. Commodity Exchange traded products saw their [...]

Global Exchange Traded Products inflows total $12.9bn in March. Emerging markets see inflows on final six days of the month

Global Exchange Traded Product inflows totalled $12.9bn in March driven by equity funds, which added $15.4bn according the March’s BlackRock ETP landscape report. US equity ETP flows of $15.8bn were [...]

Grand designs? No thanks, I’d rather move straight in say four fifths of people

Despite TV schedules being chock-a-block with home renovation, DIY and make-over programmes, new research reveals that 81% of house-hunters are looking for properties which require very little work, while 30% [...]

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