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Confidence in UK economy falls but personal finances looking strong

Confidence in UK economy falls but personal finances looking strong

Confidence in the wider economic outlook dipped this month but Britons are upbeat about their prospects for their own personal finances.   Worries about Greece and the global economy and [...]

Forget the oil giants and buy into smaller energy companies, says GAM

Forget the oil giants and buy into smaller energy companies, says GAM

Investors should forget about investing in large oil companies and put their money into small and mid-size energy producers, according to GAM’s Roberto Cominotto.   The collapse in the oil [...]

The Treasury needs you! Retirees asked to fill out survey on pension exit fees

The Treasury needs you! Retirees asked to fill out survey on pension exit fees

The government has called on the public to give their views on pension exit fees and pension transfers.   The Treasury has published a consultation into whether it should cap [...]

Lloyds PPI compensation pot reaches £13 billion

Lloyds PPI compensation pot reaches £13 billion

Lloyds banks has set aside another £1.4 billion for payment protection insurance (PPI) compensation, taking the total amount of redress to £13 billion.   In its latest half year results [...]

UK economic growth picks up but exporters wary of strong sterling

UK economic growth picks up but exporters wary of strong sterling

Growth in business and professional services means UK economic growth accelerated in the three months to July, according to the CBI’s growth indicator.   Despite a strong pound affecting exports, [...]

Families shell out £750,000 in tax over a lifetime

Families shell out £750,000 in tax over a lifetime

Families pay nearly £750,000 pounds a year in direct and indirect taxes, and the figure is rising.   Analysis by consumer group TaxPayers’ Alliance shows the average family pays £250,000 [...]

US economy bounces back to deliver 2.3% growth during the second quarter

US economy bounces back to deliver 2.3% growth during the second quarter

The US economy expanded by 2.3% on an annualised basis in the three months to the end of June according to official statistics. The tally marks a strong turnaround for [...]

Tesco scraps hated “unexpected item in the bagging area” phrase from its self-service checkouts

Tesco scraps hated “unexpected item in the bagging area” phrase from its self-service checkouts

Tesco shoppers have spoken and the retailer has clearly listened as the dreaded phrase “unexpected item in the bagging area” at self-service tills is being scrapped. Introduced in 2003, Tesco [...]

“Volatility and risk remain top of the agenda for fixed income investors”

Nick Hayes, manager of the AXA WF Global Strategic bonds explains why he is maintaining a defensive stance in fixed income investing in an “increasingly volatile market environment” and highlights [...]

A bull in a China shop

Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens gives his view on the fall of Chinese equities and its implications for global growth and investors “Chinese equities are having a year to remember. [...]

BlackRock slashes charges on five tracker funds including FTSE 100 and FTSE All Share funds

BlackRock has halved charges on some of its biggest index tracking funds covering the UK, US and European markets. The fund group has cut the charges on its giant £8.7 [...]

ITV a buy for medium risk investors though future growth may be more ‘conservative’

ITV continued to rebalance its business successfully with the broadcaster saying it was on track for another strong performance this year as net profits rose to £275m in the six [...]

Some £1.2bn paid out by Britons in overdraft charges during the past year

Some 33% of Britons faced charges from their bank for going overdrawn or bouncing scheduled payments over the past year. With the average charge being £73, this equates to £1.2bn [...]

Shares in British engineering solutions provider Costain are a ‘buy’

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks Costain as share of the week… British engineering solutions provider Costain is a top choice for investors seeking a long [...]

“Chinese contradictions and Western hypocrisy”

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, compares Chinese and Western responses to crises in equity markets…  The Chinese equity market started to rally last year, in anticipation of [...]

Investors respond positively to improvement in Kingfisher trading

As Kingfisher provides a trading update Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher reported a [...]

Five tips to help avoid being overcharged by your bank

Overdrafts can give you a handy financial cushion, and it is possible to use them safely – but slipping into an unauthorised overdraft can leave you with fees you may [...]

Greece: Victory for Tsipras? Think again

Bill McQuaker, co-head of Henderson’s multi-asset team, provides his views on the proposed third bailout deal for Greece… The price is high and there are still legislative hurdles to overcome, [...]

ARM Holdings is a ‘hold’ for Share Centre

As ARM Holdings reports this morning, Graham Spooner investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, the Cambridge based computer chip designer, Arm Holdings, reported [...]

How have US banks fared during results reporting season?

With the majority of the US money-center banks having reported for their second quarter results, Filippo Alloatti, senior analyst at Hermes Credit, shares his initial thoughts on the numbers… In [...]

Money worries a greater burden than health concerns for pre-retirees

Almost half at 49% of the over 50s are worried about not having enough money in retirement, compared to just over a third, at 37%, who are concerned about health [...]

What is driving China’s extreme volatility?

After rallying around 150% since the middle of 2014, mainland China’s ‘A Share’ market has corrected almost 35% since mid-June. Douglas Turnbull, head of Chinese equities at fund house Neptune [...]

Has your financial adviser suggested using a discretionary fund manager? Five questions you should ask

You’re in the process of seeking advice and just have been told by your adviser that you could benefit from the services of a discretionary fund manager –do you know [...]

The Battle of the Challenger Banks

Challenger Banks lead the way offering 90% of the available fixed rates says Savings Champion in this sponsored editorial Amidst the backdrop of record low base rate and falling savings [...]

The Wellesley Mini-Bond offers up to 7% gross interest per annum

For people seeking alternative investment options, Wellesley Finance Plc is offering a great opportunity to invest in its Mini-Bond. The Wellesley Mini-Bond offers up to 7% (gross) interest per annum on [...]

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 [...]

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