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Lost passports abroad cost Brits £3.5m

Lost passports abroad cost Brits £3.5m

The number of emergency travel documents issued has increased 22%, while the cost to UK travellers of replacing lost passports abroad has reached £3.5m per year. Gocompare.com is warning Brits [...]

Low interest rates could be here “indefinitely,” warns former regulator

Low interest rates could be here “indefinitely,” warns former regulator

The former boss of the City watchdog Adair Turner has warned that the UK economy could be stuck with low interest rates “almost indefinitely”. In an interview with the BBC, [...]

British couples prepare to spend £431m this Valentine’s Day

British couples prepare to spend £431m this Valentine’s Day

UK couples are set to spend £431 million this Valentine’s Day as 41% of UK adults plan on celebrating with their loved ones, new research shows. Contrary to popular belief, [...]

Rent rises in commuter towns like Swindon and Luton outpace London

Rent rises in commuter towns like Swindon and Luton outpace London

Rents in commuter towns Swindon and Luton are rising four times faster than London, as those priced out of the capital are drawn towards the commuter belt, new figures reveal. The [...]

Bad news for half-term holidaymakers as pound falls to one-year low against the euro

Bad news for half-term holidaymakers as pound falls to one-year low against the euro

Sterling hit a new one-year low today at 1.27 pounds to the euro dealing a blow to the spending power of holidaymakers travelling to Europe this coming half term. The [...]

Pension funds fall 2.5% after a turbulent January

Pension funds fall 2.5% after a turbulent January

The average pension fund fell by 2.5% in January – the worst performance in the opening month of the year since 2009. The research, by Moneyfacts.co.uk, the price comparison website [...]

Pension drawdown risks in the spotlight after another painful day on the markets

Pension drawdown risks in the spotlight after another painful day on the markets

Investors have been counting their losses after another tough day on the markets, which has particularly underscored the risks for pensioners in drawdown plans. Yesterday the FTSE 100 fell by [...]

Savers urged to act fast to make the most of higher rate pension tax relief while it still lasts

Savers urged to act fast to make the most of higher rate pension tax relief while it still lasts

Calculations by the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggest that the Chancellor will need to increase taxes or intensify spending cuts in order to deliver on his spending plans and, with [...]

Why the bears are afraid of a black swan

Sense must prevail over the negative outlook to break the current market impasse, says Rowan Dartingon Signature’s Guy Stephens… Market sentiment is currently pretty negative. We all know that during [...]

Understanding climate change as a global investment risk

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 11th annual Global Risk Report named “failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation” as the top global risk for 2016 and beyond, making a case for linking [...]

Broker view: Six funds for your Isa

Andy Parsons, Head of Investment Research at The Share Centre, outlines six funds for investors to consider this ISA season… AXA Framlington Biotech fund For those investors seeking a very [...]

Profit boost for ARM Holdings despite smartphone slowdown

As ARM Holdings reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… British chip designer ARM Holdings has beaten [...]

Commodities cast a long shadow over earnings season

As the fourth quarter earnings season gets underway, Steve Clayton, head of equities research, Hargreaves Lansdown takes a look at the impact of the commodities crisis and other themes… 2015 was [...]

Tui Travel tipped as a “Buy” despite global unrest hitting bookings

As TUI reports its Q1 results, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… This morning, TUI Travel said that bookings had taken [...]

Expert comment: “Time to hit the panic button?”

On the day that the Chinese New Year begins, Schroders’ chief economist Keith Wade, comments on the risks facing the global economy, recognising that the biggest ‘known unknown’ for the global [...]

“Good quality defensive firms offer opportunities for positive returns”

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range explains why there is still quality to be found in defensive stocks… It has been a difficult start to 2016 with most [...]

Expert comment: The first Super Thursday of 2016 – MPC votes unanimously to keep bank rate at 0.5%

Maike Currie, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International, looks at the Bank of England’s first Super-Thursday of 2016… Given Mark Carney’s cautious comments just a few weeks ago, [...]

Expert comment: “Communication helps to provide stability”

Dominic Rossi, global CIO of equities at fund manager Fidelity International looks at the recent market volatility and the role central banks need to play… The world economy is bearing [...]

Do central bankers need to toughen up in the face of market fright?

Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma looks at the long-term risks of central bankers’ capitulating to panicked markets… Just ten days ago there was serious panic in markets and [...]

Broker view: Severn Trent recommended as a “hold” on trading update

As Severn Trent reports a Q3 trading update, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, utility company Severn Trent reiterated [...]

Scottish Power cuts bills by up to £32 per year, but experts say it is “too little, too late”

Scottish Power  is the latest of the Big Six energy suppliers to cut standard tariffs, which will fall by 5.4%, or £32 per year, from March 15. Stephen Murray, energy [...]

Broker view: Why shares in a Sky are a ‘buy’

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at stockbroker The Share Centre, explains why he is backing shares in Sky… It was a busy week for Sky last week as the company [...]

Londoners way behind the rest of the UK when it comes to owning an ISA

Londoners are way behind the rest of the UK when it comes to owning an ISA, according to new research. The analysis from digital wealth manager MoneyFarm, shows that just [...]

“Japan steps up the currency war”

Keith Wade, chief economist at Schroders, comments on the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce a negative interest rate policy… In a surprise move the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has [...]

Peer-to-peer lending enjoyed record growth in 2015

The peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry lent more than £2.2bn in 2015 according to new figures released today from the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). Numbers from the trade body show that [...]

UK GDP figures: “Bank of England still on course to raise rates this year”

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what the latest GDP figures mean for investors… The Office for National Statistics said on Thursday that the UK economy [...]

Expert comment: “Nervous markets call for a calm approach”

The first three weeks of 2016 have been a difficult time in global stock markets, but in reality little has changed except perception. John Chatfeild-Roberts, head of strategy, Jupiter Independent [...]

The heat is on – many households set to see their energy bills jump by more than £200

Many households could see their bills soar by more than £206 if they do not act fast and switch tariffs by the end of the week, when no less than [...]

Oil rout prompts expat workers to return home, financial adviser warns

The continuing saga surrounding oil prices is fuelling demand for financial advice from high net worth expats returning to Britain, says Mike Coady, managing director of deVere UK… Since mid-2015 [...]

Sage recommended as a “hold” despite healthy first quarter trading

As Sage releases its Q1 trading numbers, Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… Quarter 1 trading at accounting software firm Sage [...]

“Oil glut will drown out the rhetoric”, says fund manager

The reality of oil supply overwhelms political rhetoric from Draghi and Saudi, says Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens… When investing, it is essential to look forward at least six months [...]

Dixons Carphone tipped as a “buy” on trading update

As Dixons Carphone reports a Q3 trading update Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning Dixons Carphone reported the all-important [...]

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