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Will 2015 see Lloyds return to the dividend list?

Will 2015 see Lloyds return to the dividend list?

Steve Clayton of fund and stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown anticipates that 2015 will be the year when Lloyds Banking Group makes a decisive return to the dividend list, having been absent [...]

Half of British firms are planning to expand their workforce in 2015 claims new report

Half of British firms are planning to expand their workforce in 2015 claims new report

Half of British firms are set to expand their workforce in 2015, and permanent jobs are likely to outstrip temporary work a new report has claimed. The survey conducted by [...]

The year of cheer – consumer confidence surges in 2014

The year of cheer – consumer confidence surges in 2014

Consumer confidence has rocketed in the run up to the festive season according to the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report. The bank claimed the survey’s score jumped to its [...]

The three key themes for fixed interest in 2015

The three key themes for fixed interest in 2015

It is currently a very volatile period for fixed income markets with severe weakness in high yield (HY) and emerging market (EM) sectors. Chris Iggo, head of fixed income for [...]

Bank of England MPC member expects bigger salaries for Britons to arrive in 2015

Bank of England MPC member expects bigger salaries for Britons to arrive in 2015

A senior Bank Of England official expects that larger pay rises will be offered to workers in 2015. Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 5 Live’s Wake up to Money programme, [...]

Connaught directors banned for allowing misuse of £106m of investors’ money

Connaught directors banned for allowing misuse of £106m of investors’ money

Two directors of Connaught Asset Management have been disqualified as directors after they allowed the misuse of £106 million invested in the funds by consumers.   An investigation by the [...]

Bank currency rigging fines help reduce UK borrowing

Bank currency rigging fines help reduce UK borrowing

Fines imposed on some of Britain’s biggest banks for rigging foreign exchange rates have helped wipe 10% off UK borrowing figures over the past year.   Banks were fined £1.1 [...]

City regulator to punish wrongdoers more harshly under new plans

City regulator to punish wrongdoers more harshly under new plans

The City watchdog will be forced to come down harder on financial companies that flout its rules.   The government is planning to overhaul the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enforcement [...]

Russia will not default nor impose capital controls says Ashmore’s Jan Dehn

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why both sentiment towards Russia and prices of Russian assets have moved out of line with fundamentals, which is creating significant value [...]

Extraordinary times…winners and losers in the oil game

Mark Burgess, chief investment officer at Threadneedle Investments analyses the extraordinary backdrop investors are presently facing and what it means going forward in 2015… We are living and investing in [...]

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 [...]

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