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Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee splits seven to two on interest rate rise

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee splits seven to two on interest rate rise

Two out of nine members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates in August. This is the first split in the MPC for three [...]

Self employed at all time high of 4.6 million but average income falls 22 per cent since 2008

Self employed at all time high of 4.6 million but average income falls 22 per cent since 2008

Self-employment is at its highest level for 40 years with 4.6 million self-employed in the period April to June. More people (both self-employed and employees) continuing to work beyond the state [...]

People turning 65 this year can expect to live nearly 20 years

Harrow, East Dorset, Camden and Chiltern can expect to live longest

People turning 65 this year can expect to live nearly 20 years

People turning 65 this year can expect to average nearly 20 years in retirement, according to new analysis published today by Prudential*. The firm’s analysis of the Office for National [...]

CPI inflation falls to 1.6%. Pound falls as rate rise now seen as very unlikely this year

CPI inflation falls to 1.6%. Pound falls as rate rise now seen as very unlikely this year

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) grew by 1.6% in the year to July 2014, down from 1.9% in June according to the Office for National Statistics. Falls in clothing prices [...]

Divorce costing nearly £44,000 per couple

Around four in ten women say they are worse off, four in ten men say they are better off

Divorce costing nearly £44,000 per couple

UK couples are spending nearly £44,000 on average when they divorce or separate, totalling £5.7 billion per year in total says a new study from life insurer Aviva. The £21,979 [...]

Is it time for investors to once again look at UK banking stocks?

Is it time for investors to once again look at UK banking stocks?

The UK’s banking sector has been vastly under-owned in recent years but with good reason. Almost six years on since US banking giant Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, many investors [...]

Randgold Resouces tipped for investors willing to ride the volatility of bullion

Randgold Resouces tipped for investors willing to ride the volatility of bullion

As the price of bullion enjoys a rebound broker interest in African gold mining and exploration group Randgold Resources is accelerating. Following a caustic period in 2013, the price of [...]

Risky AIM shares prove to be a young investor’s game

Risky AIM shares prove to be a young investor’s game

Just 12 months down the road since the Chancellor George Osborne opened the gates for investors to put AIM stocks into ISAs, new research shows it is the younger generations [...]

Does a ten year bund yield of 1% mean deflation?

Michael Krautzberger, Head of European Fixed Income at BlackRock, comments on German 10-year Bund yields crossing below 1% and provides some graphs for his analysis too.  German short-dated yields have been low for several [...]

UK households still pessimistic about their finances

The UK’s Markit Household Finance Index rose fractionally to 42.2 in August, up from 42.0 in July but still well below the neutral 50.0 value says Markit, indicating pessimism. Negative [...]

BHP Billiton – shares not capital on offer from demerger – but The Share Centre still says ‘Buy’

Mining giant BHP Billiton plans to spin-off some of its assets into a new (£8.4bn) metals and mining company specialising in aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, and silver. BHP Billiton will [...]

Hargreaves Lansdown offers low cost income drawdown ‘retirement bridge’ to investors who have delayed annuity decision

Hargreaves Lansdown is offering a low cost drawdown plan which it terms a ‘retirement bridge’ with a minimum fee of £75+VAT. It says this will allow investors to draw their [...]

European real estate could return 7% a year but deflation remains a threat

Aviva Investors is forecasting that the European ex-UK real estate market could return up to 8.2% a year over the 2014-2016 period and 7% per annum over the longer term [...]

Guest blog – why the financial watchdog should not have banned Cocos from the retail market

Cormac Hollingsworth, research associate at thinktank the Social Market Foundation makes the case for why the financial watchdog should not have banned bank bonds known as Cocos from the the [...]

Eurozone should bounce back says Schroders’ Zangana

The Eurozone should bounce back from disappointing economic numbers says Schroders European economist Azad Zangana. In a note issued today, he writes: “Within the eurozone, Germany surprised most by posting growth [...]

Four million workers now in workplace pensions under new auto-enrolment system

Four million workers have now been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension according to the Pension Regulator. The regulator’s monthly declaration of compliance report shows that more than 21,000 employers [...]

Glencore still attractive for medium risk investors says The Share Centre

Glencore remains attractive for investors willing to accept a medium level of risk says The Share Centre. The broker says Glencore’s mixed production report is similar to the first quarter [...]

Bond funds a ‘hold’ not a ‘sell’ warns broker

Brewin Dolphin’s head of fund research Ben Gutteridge explains why investors should not sell their fixed income holdings in haste… The chorus of Western policy makers calling for tighter monetary [...]

Emerging market recovery: Are we nearly there yet?

Craig Botham, emerging market economist at Schroders, gives his view on the emerging market export recovery… The emerging market (EM) export recovery is seemingly always on the horizon, but never [...]

Investors – “Keep Calm and Carry On” when interest rates rise

In response to the Bank of England Governor’s comment last week that “the economy has edged closer to the point at which the Bank Rate will gradually need to rise” [...]

Expert views on Bank’s rate hold decision

Mindful Money looks at the expert views about interest rates in light of the Bank of England’s decision to maintain the base rate at 0.5%. Could there be a split [...]

The Share Centre tips three AIM stocks – Breedon Aggregates, Anpario and Amerisur Resources

The Share Centre has tipped three AIM shares to coincide with the anniversary of the shares being allowed to be held within an Isa. The three firms are Breedon Aggregates, [...]

Italy suffering triple dip

Italy has slipped back into a recession for the third time since 2007 with the economy contracting by 0.2% in the second quarter following on from a 0.1% fall in [...]

UK All Companies sector boasts most consistent fund performers in the last three years

The UK All Companies sector is the most consistent sector for top quartile performance over the last three years, according to the F&C FundWatch survey. The survey compiled by F&C’s [...]

Energy consumers warned to switch before five fixed price deals come to an end on August 31st

On Sunday 31 August five fixed energy deals will expire, at which point consumers who have not shopped around and switched to a better deal will be automatically rolled onto [...]

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