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Cost of the average flat up by more than £50,000 over the past 10 years

Cost of the average flat up by more than £50,000 over the past 10 years

The average price of a flat in the UK has surged by more than £50,000 over the past decade according to research from Halifax. The lender’s analysis found that since [...]

Research shows record number of people now plan to use property to fund their retirement

Research shows record number of people now plan to use property to fund their retirement

The number of workers planning to use property to fund their retirement has hit record numbers according to new research. A survey from fund manager Baring Asset Management found that [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Carnival & United Utilities

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Carnival & United Utilities

Investors will be hoping the more benign economic backdrop will mean some good news is forthcoming when cruise operator Carnival updates the market with its third quarter results on Tuesday. [...]

Tesco shares plummet as supermarket reveals it overshot profit forecast by £250m

Tesco shares plummet as supermarket reveals it overshot profit forecast by £250m

Shares in Tesco have nosedived as the business reveals it had overestimated its half-year profits by some £250m. The troubled group has launched an internal review into the matter and [...]

English subsidy of Scottish tax breaks must stop, says taxpayers group

English subsidy of Scottish tax breaks must stop, says taxpayers group

A taxpayers’ group has called for the end of the unfair way of calculating funding in the UK that sees people in Scotland receive an extra £1,600 per person each [...]

Lenders ramp up competition with mortgage rate reductions

Lenders ramp up competition with mortgage rate reductions

Lenders have increased competition in the mortgage market further, with both Lloyds and Leeds Building Society reducing rates across their ranges. Lloyds has reduced selected five-year mortgage rates by up [...]

European court rules airline luggage fees allowed

European court rules airline luggage fees allowed

Many travellers baulk at the idea of paying to take more than just hand luggage on a flight by a European court has ruled airlines are within their rights to [...]

Scottish income tax changes could make it a haven for pensioners

Scottish income tax changes could make it a haven for pensioners

Increased powers for Scotland to set its own tax rates could mean it becomes a more attractive place to retire too as pensioners pay less of their savings to the [...]

Brokers tip plastic packaging supplier RPC as a ‘buy’

It may not be the most recognisable name on the stockmarket but brokers are tipping plastic packaging supplier RPC as a company to watch. The FTSE 250 listed firm, which [...]

UK retail sales edge up in August – helped by a dash for vacuum cleaners

UK retail sales volumes firmed by a solid if uninspired 0.4% month-on-month in August having been flat in July and edged up 0.1% in June official figures show. While last [...]

Retail investors should be wary of Alibaba hype if they have missed out on the ‘IPO pop’

Chris Beauchamp, Market Strategist at IG Group, discusses what to look out for in Alibaba’s upcoming IPO:  Alibaba’s IPO is finally upon us, and the hype and enthusiasm is still [...]

Asos shares fall further on profit warning

Shares in the online fashion retailer ASOS have fallen by 8.6 per cent today as the company posted a profit warning. It closed at 2,214p this afternoon after earlier warning [...]

Twenty-somethings admit to costly financial mistakes

Three quarters of adults in their twenties have made financial mistakes that have ended up costing them for years to come. A new study from the Government-backed Money Advice Service [...]

A third of Brits plan to stay invested in retirement

Around a third of UK adults are planning to use the stockmarket to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of living in retirement. New research from retirement [...]

Just one week left to save the union

With one week to go today Azad Zangana, European economist at fund manager Schroders gives his latest economic insight into the Scottish Referendum… On the 18th of September, Scotland will decide [...]

Skipton launches new fixed rate bonds and Isas

Skipton Building Society has launched a new range of fixed rate Isas and bonds with rates increasing by up to 0.25%. The two year fixed rate Isa rises to 2.00% [...]

The investment impact of more sanctions on Russia

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the situation on the ground in Ukraine and his view of the impact of more sanctions on Russia below. Pro-Russian separatist rebels [...]

Sterling steals ugly stick from single currency

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with City firm VFX Financial plc, examines the turbulent events in the currency markets as polls show a surge of support for Scottish [...]

Struggling households sell possessions to survive

One in ten households have resorted to selling their possessions in a bid to meet their housing costs, new figures from the housing charity Shelter reveal. Over three million households [...]

‘Euro sinks, dollar surges with sterling somewhere in the middle’

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial, takes a look at the big developments in the currency markets last week. Last week’s events have seen currency markets [...]

ECB rate cut and asset buying programme – analysts’ views

Expert views on the European Central Bank moves on interest rates and the asset buying programme Interest cut will have limited impact Schroders European Economist Azad Zangana, and Fixed Income [...]

Critical illness cover extended to maximum 40 years by insurer Zurich to take account of longer mortgage terms

Insurer Zurich has increased the maximum term for its critical illness cover from 30 to 40 years to take account of customers with longer mortgages and better reflect changing retirement [...]

Should investors be shifting their portfolios because of the global political crises?

Kleinwort Benson’s chief investment officer Mouhammed Choukeir asks whether investors should be adjusting their portfolios to cope with global political risks. He notes that historic crises – even those as [...]

Better days ahead for Europe’s banking sector?

Justin Bisseker, European banks analyst, at fund manager Schroders discusses a significant autumn of developments in the European banking sector, which should be beneficial for the sector and the broader [...]

A year on from Fed tapering, emerging markets have proved their resilience unlike their developed market peers

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses the resilience of emerging markets and why developed markets are sustained by deliberate policies of asset price inflation instead of reforms below. [...]

A quarter of Brits have turned down wedding invite due to costs

A quarter of Brits have had to turn down an invitation to a wedding because of the cost of attending. The cost of stag and hen parties, travel to the [...]

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