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Facebook hailed by fund manager as the premium social media investment opportunity

Fund manager says his future R&D and cashflow calculations shows earnings are more attractive than market consensus

Facebook hailed by fund manager as the premium social media investment opportunity

Facebook has been described as the premium investment opportunity in social media by fund manager GAM. Mark Hawtin, fund manager of the GAM Star Technology fund says that this week’s [...]

2015 kicks off with strong retail sales growth claims CBI

2015 kicks off with strong retail sales growth claims CBI

Retail sales grew strongly in the year to January, slightly exceeding expectations, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The business lobby’s latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey of 127 [...]

Government targets benefit fraudsters with maximum penalty to be more than doubled

Government targets benefit fraudsters with maximum penalty to be more than doubled

Parliament is today set to look at plans to more than double the maximum penalty for benefit fraud from £2,000 to £5,000. The potential fine could be offered as an [...]

12% of UK adults spending at least 50% of take home pay on housing costs

12% of UK adults spending at least 50% of take home pay on housing costs

Some one in eight or 12% of UK adults who pay rent or a mortgage are spending at least 50% of their take-home income on their housing costs claims new [...]

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon announces he is stepping down

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon announces he is stepping down

Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon is to leave his post, the company has today confirmed. Brydon, who oversaw the controversial privatisation of the delivery company in 2013 has been in [...]

Bank of England boss Mark Carney voices eurozone concerns

Bank of England boss Mark Carney voices eurozone concerns

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has cautioned on the current structure of the eurozone. Speaking in Dublin, Ireland, Carney said the present backdrop and make-up puts it in an [...]

House price growth cools in January as momentum eases across the UK market

House price growth cools in January as momentum eases across the UK market

Property prices rose by just 0.3% in January taking the annual gains to a 14 month low of 6.8% according to new numbers from Nationwide. The lender’s data highlights  that [...]

Drivers stand to save £146 per year due to lower prices at the pump

Drivers stand to save £146 per year due to lower prices at the pump

Motorists stand to save an average of £146 per year as a result of lower petrol prices, new calculations reveal. The analysis, from  Hargreaves Lansdown, suggests that consumers will save [...]

US Fed statement hints that US interest rate rise may be delayed

Schroders US fixed income portfolio Manager Lisa Hornby takes a look at yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement… The January FOMC statement was relatively unchanged compared to the December [...]

Smart money backing another hung Parliament in the UK says spread betting firm

Brenda Kelly, Chief Market Analyst at IG Group, discusses why the smart money is putting its weight behind a hung Parliament: “It is still 100 days to go until the [...]

Cost of home insurance falls 6%

The cost of home insurance has fallen by 6% for buildings cover and 5% for contents over the last year, new figures reveal. The average annual premium paid for building [...]

Greek elections: What to expect now – expert reactions…

Syriza has obtained a strong victory in the Greek elections gaining more than 36% of votes – we highlight the expert reactions below… Paras Anand, head of European equities at [...]

Has the ECB done the right thing with QE?

Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment looks into on European Central Banks QE plan… As the details of the ECB’s quantitative easing plan are brought into [...]

Where next for biotechnology stocks?

Martin Wales, equity analyst at M&G Investments examines the outlook for the biotech sector… The global biotech market is expected to grow 54% between 2012 and 2017. Biotechnology shares were [...]

Why Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone are a ‘buy’ for The Share Centre

The Share Centre has added Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone to its ‘buy’ list. The broker said that at Infinis Energy, a fall in share price and an a dividend [...]

MPC now voting nine to nil in favour of keeping base rate at 0.5%

The two dissenting voices on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee have now come back into line with the rest of committee and no longer want to see a [...]

Nationwide launches lowest ten-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.84%

Nationwide Building Society is launching the lowest ten-year fixed rate mortgage on the market at 2.84% tomorrow. The deal, fixed until 2025, is available to borrowers with a 40% deposit [...]

Citizens Advice reveal locations for free pensions guidance

Citizens Advice has announced the first 44 bureaux in England and Wales which will be offering  face-to-face Pension Wise guidance sessions under a Government-backed initiative. Each delivery centre will have [...]

Strong dollar and weak oil price likely to boost Europe’s corporate profits

The strong rise in the US dollar and the fall in the oil price are likely to provide a boost to corporate profits in Europe and Japan this year asserts [...]

Climate change – an investment play for today?

It is often said that climate and carbon themes are not financially material risk factors in the short to medium term writes Axa Investment Management’s Luisa Florez… As an illustration, [...]

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 [...]

One in six suffer their financial woes in silence

One in six people have kept secrets from their loved ones by hiding or lying about rent or mortgage troubles. Struggling individuals will go to great lengths to hide their [...]

Burberry is a ‘buy’ says The Share Centre

Fashion house Burberry  has been branded a ‘buy’ by The Share Centre,  as sales at the group rose by 15% to £604m in the third quarter. The business, which features [...]

A third of 18-24 year olds have taken on a second job to make ends meet

A third of 18 to 24-year-olds have been forced to take on a second job, in order to make ends meet claims new research from budgeting account provider thinkmoney.co.uk. But [...]

12% of over-40s say they could manage on the State Pension alone

Given the significant amount of Britons saving nowhere near enough for retirement, some 12% of over-40s assert that they would be able survive solely on the State Pension if it [...]

Ticket operator Trainline.com gears up for IPO

The UK’s biggest train ticket retailer Trainline.com has announced its intention to float. The operator’s private equity owners Exponent, hired Morgan Stanley last July to oversee a potential £400m float, according [...]

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