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Scotland decides – the Mindful Money view

Scotland decides – the Mindful Money view

D-day for Scotland is here. It could be the beginning of the end for the United Kingdom in its current form. It will herald huge and arguably fundamental constitutional change [...]

Is volatility imminent? Investors must not believe the benign backdrop will persist indefinitely…

Is volatility imminent? Investors must not believe the benign backdrop will persist indefinitely…

As investors, we are in many respects living through some pretty gentle times. Those who would counter that view by pointing to the bleak news emanating from areas such as [...]

Latest mortgage lending estimates point to best August since 2008

Latest mortgage lending estimates point to best August since 2008

Gross mortgage lending jumped 13% on an annual basis last month marking the best total for August since 2008 according to estimates from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The [...]

Federal Reserve asserts rates will not rise until a “considerable time” has passed after the end of QE

Federal Reserve asserts rates will not rise until a “considerable time” has passed after the end of QE

As the end of the US central bank’s monetary stimulus programme edges closer markets are no wiser as to when interest rates will rise. The Federal Reserve has repeated that [...]

Warning on cruise ship medical costs if passengers get sick

Monir treatments cost more than in UK private medical care warns travel insurer

Warning on cruise ship medical costs if passengers get sick

A travel insurance website has warned cruise ship passengers that they could face big medical bills – at higher prices that UK private medical care if they get sick on [...]

Unemployment falls to 6.2% with 966,500 claiming jobseeker’s allowance

Bank of England minutes show two members still want quarter point rate rise

Unemployment falls to 6.2% with 966,500 claiming jobseeker’s allowance

The unemployment rate fell to 6.2% over the three months to the end of July, its lowest level since 2008, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The number [...]

Investor rate rise expectations at three year high

Confidence in European markets falls but rises in Asia

Investor rate rise expectations at three year high

Investors’ expectations of an interest rate rise are now at a 3 year high according to a survey of Hargreaves Lansdown investors.Investor confidence is Europe has fallen sharply but is [...]

Financial adviser banned and fined after clients lose millions

Financial adviser banned and fined after clients lose millions

A financial adviser has been banned and fined £300,000 after clients lost £2.2 million by following his advice to invest in companies that he controlled and described as “safe as [...]

The thing we definitely know about the Scottish vote – sterling will react one way or another

Alex Plester, senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial considers the implications of tomorrow’s vote in Scotland. With only one day left before the Scots decide whether to leave the [...]

UK retail sales edge up in August – helped by a dash for vacuum cleaners

UK retail sales volumes firmed by a solid if uninspired 0.4% month-on-month in August having been flat in July and edged up 0.1% in June official figures show. While last [...]

Retail investors should be wary of Alibaba hype if they have missed out on the ‘IPO pop’

Chris Beauchamp, Market Strategist at IG Group, discusses what to look out for in Alibaba’s upcoming IPO:  Alibaba’s IPO is finally upon us, and the hype and enthusiasm is still [...]

Asos shares fall further on profit warning

Shares in the online fashion retailer ASOS have fallen by 8.6 per cent today as the company posted a profit warning. It closed at 2,214p this afternoon after earlier warning [...]

Twenty-somethings admit to costly financial mistakes

Three quarters of adults in their twenties have made financial mistakes that have ended up costing them for years to come. A new study from the Government-backed Money Advice Service [...]

A third of Brits plan to stay invested in retirement

Around a third of UK adults are planning to use the stockmarket to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of living in retirement. New research from retirement [...]

Just one week left to save the union

With one week to go today Azad Zangana, European economist at fund manager Schroders gives his latest economic insight into the Scottish Referendum… On the 18th of September, Scotland will decide [...]

Skipton launches new fixed rate bonds and Isas

Skipton Building Society has launched a new range of fixed rate Isas and bonds with rates increasing by up to 0.25%. The two year fixed rate Isa rises to 2.00% [...]

The investment impact of more sanctions on Russia

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the situation on the ground in Ukraine and his view of the impact of more sanctions on Russia below. Pro-Russian separatist rebels [...]

Sterling steals ugly stick from single currency

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with City firm VFX Financial plc, examines the turbulent events in the currency markets as polls show a surge of support for Scottish [...]

Struggling households sell possessions to survive

One in ten households have resorted to selling their possessions in a bid to meet their housing costs, new figures from the housing charity Shelter reveal. Over three million households [...]

‘Euro sinks, dollar surges with sterling somewhere in the middle’

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial, takes a look at the big developments in the currency markets last week. Last week’s events have seen currency markets [...]

ECB rate cut and asset buying programme – analysts’ views

Expert views on the European Central Bank moves on interest rates and the asset buying programme Interest cut will have limited impact Schroders European Economist Azad Zangana, and Fixed Income [...]

Critical illness cover extended to maximum 40 years by insurer Zurich to take account of longer mortgage terms

Insurer Zurich has increased the maximum term for its critical illness cover from 30 to 40 years to take account of customers with longer mortgages and better reflect changing retirement [...]

Should investors be shifting their portfolios because of the global political crises?

Kleinwort Benson’s chief investment officer Mouhammed Choukeir asks whether investors should be adjusting their portfolios to cope with global political risks. He notes that historic crises – even those as [...]

Better days ahead for Europe’s banking sector?

Justin Bisseker, European banks analyst, at fund manager Schroders discusses a significant autumn of developments in the European banking sector, which should be beneficial for the sector and the broader [...]

A year on from Fed tapering, emerging markets have proved their resilience unlike their developed market peers

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses the resilience of emerging markets and why developed markets are sustained by deliberate policies of asset price inflation instead of reforms below. [...]

A quarter of Brits have turned down wedding invite due to costs

A quarter of Brits have had to turn down an invitation to a wedding because of the cost of attending. The cost of stag and hen parties, travel to the [...]

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