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UK starting salaries among the lowest of major European economies

UK starting salaries among the lowest of major European economies

The starting salaries of  UK professionals are among the lowest of Europe’s top economies at an average of £27,199 per year – less than half that of Switzerland where the [...]

Experts tip the stocks to watch in 2015

Experts tip the stocks to watch in 2015

If you are planning to review your portfolio in the New Year and need some inspiration, take a look at these stock tips which the experts believe could outperform the [...]

Wage rises beat inflation as cost of living crisis begins to ease

Wage rises beat inflation as cost of living crisis begins to ease

Wages are finally starting to increase at a faster rate than prices, giving consumers more spending power in the run-up to Christmas, official figures reveal. From August to October, average [...]

What does 2015 hold for the world’s developed markets?

What does 2015 hold for the world’s developed markets?

Investment Quorum’s chief executive Lee Robertson looks at the challenges facing investors next year. Clearly we experienced an extremely mixed year with the first three months being plagued by geo-political [...]

Pension savers with the smallest pots are paying too much in fees, report finds

Pension savers with the smallest pots are paying too much in fees, report finds

People with the smallest pension pots may be hit with the highest charges, with many paying more than 3% per year in management fees, an independent review has found. A [...]

A third of credit reports contain errors

A third of credit reports contain errors

More than a third of people who checked their credit report uncovered errors, a study has revealed. The figure equates to nearly five million consumers, according to the study by [...]

BT in exclusive talks to buy EE for £12.5bn

Analysts says mobile coverage, 5 million wifi hotspots and free 'BT sport' could make BT EE offer compelling

BT in exclusive talks to buy EE for £12.5bn

BT is in exclusive talks to buy EE – Britain’s largest mobile network group – for £12.5bn. The exclusivity agreement it has entered into with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange [...]

Reforms to financial advice have been “positive”, but 35% of firms still failing to disclose cost of ongoing advice

Reforms to financial advice have been “positive”, but 35% of firms still failing to disclose cost of ongoing advice

Reforms to the financial advice market have had a positive impact, but 35% of firms are still failing to disclose ongoing costs, a review has found. A report by Europe [...]

A quarter of consumers will cut down on Christmas spending because of housing costs

Over a quarter of consumers say that they will cut down on spending this Christmas compared to previous years, so that they can pay the bills and make their monthly [...]

Investors warned to reassess their risk appetite in 2015

Over the coming 12 months investors will need to get to grips with how much investment risk they wish to take on, Tom Elliott international investment strategist at advisory firm [...]

The impact of the strengthening US dollar on global economies‏

As the dollar goes from strength to strength, John Chatfeild-Roberts, head of the Jupiter’s independent funds team, asks what this might mean for the US and other economies… Over the past decade, we have [...]

A third of Brits live beyond their means on credit cards

More than a third of Britons believe that owning a credit card has allowed them to live beyond their means, new research suggests. The survey, by Topcashback.co.uk, found that more [...]

2015 outlook for UK commercial property

Following an exceptionally good year for UK commercial property, Duncan Owen, head of real estate at Schroders outlines what trends he expects to emerge in 2015… This year has been a [...]

Welcome for maintainance of entrepreneurs’ relief when reinvested in shares under EIS scheme

Tina Riches, national tax partner at Smith & Williamson considers the business tax changes in the Autumn Statement. Entrepreneurs’ relief and venture capital schemes The Government has announced that Entrepreneurs’ [...]

Scotland’s finance minister says George Osborne has copied Scotland’s stamp duty reforms

Scotland’s finance minister and deputy first minister John Swinney has claimed UK Chancellor George Osborne has copied his stamp duty reforms from the SNP Government. Swinney says ‘Imitation is the [...]

Government scraps plans to extend pensions tax relief to over-75s

The Government has abandoned plans to  allow over-75s to receive tax relief on their pension contributions. In the March Budget the Government said it would be exploring with interested parties [...]

Higher rate tax threshold to rise to £42,385 next year

The 40 per cent income tax threshold will increase to £42,385 next year the first increase in five years. The higher rate threshold is currently set at £41,865. Chancellor George [...]

Isa limit to increase to £15,240

The Isa limit will increase to £15,240 from £15,000 from next April roughly keeping pace with inflation. There was no mention made of a total cap on Isa investments in [...]

Breedon Aggregates is a buy for the long term says The Share Centre

Broker the Share Centre has rated construction materials firm Breedon Aggregates is its share of the week and a long term buy. Graham Spooner, investment research analyst says that as [...]

Mindful Money’s new mortgage calculators

Mindful Money has launched a range of mortgage tools so readers can now search online for the best deals.  We’ve teamed up with London & Country, the UK’s leading fee [...]

Kames Capital’s CIO Stephen Jones: “Why interest rates will not rise in the UK next year”

Kames Capital’s chief investment officer Stephen Jones explains why he believes the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will leave the base rate at 0.5% throughout 2015 – despite [...]

Britons’ top financial stresses revealed…

When it comes to the financial issues that most stress Britons out, being embarrassed while out shopping because their card is declined or they can’t take out cash ranks highly. [...]

Axa Wealth to remove regular charges on platform in response to pension changes

Axa Wealth is set to it remove the regular charges on both its Pension Investment Account and drawdown services available via the Elevate platform. The charges will be removed for [...]

Schroders to launch fund for retirees using new pension freedoms

Schroders is launching a global multi-asset income fund  targeting investors who plan to take advantage of the new pension freedoms being granted by the Government and who are seeking an [...]

Warning about council tax scammers

A Government agency has warned against  scams by companies offering to challenge your council tax band. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)  said it can be contacted to check or query [...]

Business lobby, the CBI, calls on Chancellor to focus more on infrastructure investment

Business lobby, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement to focus on infrastructure investment, encouraging innovation and removing barriers to [...]

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