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Profits soar at Virgin Money as mortage lending surges

Profits soar at Virgin Money as mortage lending surges

Challenger Bank Virgin Money has reported record performance with annual profits rocketing 127% during 2014. On Thursday, the bank, which floated on the stock exchange in November announced that underlying [...]

Labour claims the Conservatives will implement their own tax-raid on pensions

Labour claims the Conservatives will implement their own tax-raid on pensions

The Labour party are allegedly concerned about the Conservatives launching their own tax raid on pensions in the budget on 18 March according to a report in The Times. The [...]

House prices slip by 0.3% in February as activity continues to remain muted

House prices slip by 0.3% in February as activity continues to remain muted

UK property prices dipped 0.3% month-on-month in February bringing annual rate of increase down to 8.3% according to Halifax as activity continues to be constrained. The statistics follow numbers released [...]

Buying a new build property? Five top tips to think about when buying a brand new home

Buying a new build property? Five top tips to think about when buying a brand new home

Thinking of taking the plunge and purchasing a new build home? Ensure you know what you may or may not be getting into. John Charcol executive mortgage & protection consultant [...]

Nearly half of employees want to quit and start their own business

Nearly half of employees want to quit and start their own business

Nearly two in five employees (39%) are so fed up at work that they’re thinking of leaving their job to start their own business. New research out today from Towergate [...]

The shocking gap between men and women’s pension pots laid bare

The shocking gap between men and women’s pension pots laid bare

Women with private and workplace pensions are retiring with pots that are just half the value of men’s, a new retirement study has revealed. The report by LV= found that [...]

Women expect to retire on £4,800 a year less than men, but the pension gender gap is shrinking

Women's income averages £14,300 compared with £19,100 for men

Women expect to retire on £4,800 a year less than men, but the pension gender gap is shrinking

Women planning to retire in 2015 are preparing themselves to live on an income 25 per cent lower than their male counterparts, according to new research from Prudential. The insurer’s [...]

Low interest rate has cost households an average of £5,000 in six years

Low interest rate has cost households an average of £5,000 in six years

Savers have lost a staggering £130 billion from low interest rates in the last six years according to research from Hargreaves Lansdown equivalent to £5000 per household. The firm also [...]

EE and O2 raise monthly mobile bills

Mobile providers O2 and EE have announced they will put up their prices by 1.1%. The increase is equivalent to the February inflation rate as measured by the retail prices [...]

Four AIM company picks for your Isa

As the end of the tax year approaches Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks four AIM companies for ISA investors… Electronic technology company, Stadium continues to change its [...]

What is in store for US stocks?

As the Nasdaq broke the 5,000 mark for the first time since 2000, Nadia Grant, US equities fund manager at Threadneedle Investments, explains why she believes that US stocks are attractively valued in [...]

Ex-Morrisons treasurer imprisoned for insider dealing

Former Morrisons group treasurer and head of tax Paul Coyle has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of insider dealing. In a prosecution [...]

Five fund picks for income investors

As the tax-year draws to a close and investors look to take advantage of their remaining Isa allowances before it is too late, Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal [...]

India’s Budget: the good news and the bad

Craig Botham, emerging market economist at Schroders explains that India’s Union Budget, announced on February 28, broadly delivered what markets were looking for, but will have disappointed some expectations… The expected [...]

Shortage of adequate savings is keeping Britons up at night

Nearly one in seven Britons are kept awake at night over money worries, which is ultimately impacting their day-to-day lives claims new research from TopCashback.co.uk. The analysis revealed that it’s [...]

Woodford Investment Management’s Neil Woodford: “British science is in great shape”

Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund and veteran pharmaceutical company investor outlines why he believes the UK’s science sector is in rude health… I have been [...]

Oil price drop – emerging markets winners and losers

There are clear winners and losers within the Emerging Markets (EM) universe as a result of the drop in oil price. However, uncertainty still remains regarding the causes of the [...]

Mindful Money’s 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 [...]

Currency volatility concerns suggests British American Tobacco is a ‘hold’

As British American Tobacco reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what this mean for investors… In its full-year results announced this [...]

Too many DIY investors are running high-risk portfolios

With the ISA deadline fast approaching, investors are looking closely at where they should put their money but Wealth Horizon has warned that too many DIY investors are taking on [...]

Eurozone fears dent investor confidence

Investors remain worried about the impact of eurozone woes, despite the FTSE 100 breaking its 1999 high of 6,930, a new study has found. The latest investor confidence research from [...]

Experts share their views on the Woodford Patient Capital Trust

Experts cast a professional eye over the prospectus for the launch of the Woodford Patient Capital Trust… Following this week’s publication of the prospectus for Neil Woodford’s latest offering, Fidelity and [...]

Why favour international over US equities?

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist explains the trends behind the fund group’s preferences for international over US equities, and within bonds, credit over long-term Treasuries and other rate-sensitive assets… [...]

How to appeal a penalty for a mistake on your tax return

Taxpayers who  made a mistake in their self-assessment tax return could face a penalty from HM Revenue and Customs for 15% of the tax understated. The Low Incomes Tax Reform [...]

Which investment companies are boosting dividends?

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) looks at five-year dividend growth rates to see which companies have made the most significant increases… The AIC’s calculations are based on dividend growth over the [...]

What Janet Yellen’s testimony and US interest rates mean for global investors

Investors globally can expect US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to move equities, fixed income and commodities markets. David Stubbs, global market strategist [...]

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