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Home moving costs hit £8,689, the highest level since 2007

Home moving costs hit £8,689, the highest level since 2007

It’s not just the cost of property that is increasing, moving home now costs over £8,500, according to research by Lloyds.   Homeowners shelled out a total of £7.5 billion [...]

House price growth slows to lowest level in 16 months, but cost of home still hits record high

House price growth slows to lowest level in 16 months, but cost of home still hits record high

House prices has seen their smallest annual change in more than a year but still managed to hit another record high.   The latest house price index from LSL Property [...]

UK unemployment falls to pre-crisis levels

UK unemployment falls to pre-crisis levels

UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since before the financial crisis.   According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the rate of unemployment in [...]

Relaxing retirement? We want to work, say pensioners

Relaxing retirement? We want to work, say pensioners

Retirement is no longer a time for people to wind down, with two-thirds of pensioners wanting to work.   Research by insurer Standard Life shows 66% of 65-to-74-year-olds want to [...]

Want to make quick cash renting a spare room? It could cost you more than you think

Want to make quick cash renting a spare room? It could cost you more than you think

Thousands of Britons are trying to make some quick cash from their homes by renting through sites such as Airbnb but they could be invalidating their home insurance.   Comparison [...]

Til debt do us part: families sitting on a funeral ‘time bomb’

Til debt do us part: families sitting on a funeral ‘time bomb’

Thousands of families could be sitting on a funeral time bomb by failing to set aside money to cover the rising costs of funeral expenses.   A new report by [...]

Alliance Trust lands another blow in battle with hedge fund

Alliance Trust lands another blow in battle with hedge fund

Alliance Trust chair Karin Forseke has written to shareholders to urged them to vote against plans proposed by the trust’s biggest shareholder, stating that Elliott Advisors are not working in [...]

Tesco results: can ‘Drastic Dave’ save the supermarket giant?

Tesco results: can ‘Drastic Dave’ save the supermarket giant?

Next week, investors in supermarket giant Tesco will see whether the new boss ‘Drastic Dave’ has managed to halt the two year nightmare they have endured.   Full year 2014 [...]

Buying a buy-to-let? Here’s what you need to look for

When searching for a buy-to-let investment, potential landlords have to put their own preferences aside and focus on what their prospective tenants want. Kimberley Reid of Select Property tells you [...]

Unilever’s sales boost represents good news for investors

As Unilever provides a first quarter trading update, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… On Thursday consumer goods giant Unilever cheered [...]

Investors should prepare “to take advantage of the fallout” from US Federal Reserve’s inevitable rate rise

Investors should prepare a defensive portfolio and to be ready to take advantage of the imminent significant opportunities that will likely present themselves writes Tom Elliott international investment strategist at [...]

Growth prospects for China: what the latest GDP figures reveal

Craig Botham, emerging markets economist, shares his thoughts on today’s Chinese GDP figures… Chinese GDP grew 7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, in line with expectations, and slower [...]

Pensions – four things to consider before investing in property

Select Property Group discusses what to think about before investing pension money in property in this sponsored article. Landmark pension reforms came into effect this week, and those with a [...]

Is “manifesto week” ushering in the death of simple saving?‏

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing argues that the current scramble for votes is making personal finance a minefield of complexity… The recent direction of travel for pension [...]

Despite share price rally Royal Dutch Shell is a ‘buy’

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, highlights why he believes Royal Dutch Shell is worth investors’ attention… As the largest listed company in the UK, Royal Dutch [...]

As the pension freedoms go live, research shows savers are planning to retire later than they had hoped

More than two thirds of financial advisers have admitted that their clients are planning on retiring later, compared to just five years ago as a result of a pension saving [...]

Love it or hate it: Why Japan is like Marmite

Japan has been a bit like Marmite for investors since the start of Abenomics writes Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management… The ambitious suite of stimulative [...]

Never sell Shell? Hargreaves Lansdown says some funds may have to now

Royal Dutch Shell has announced a £47 billion merger deal with BG Group, which would make the combined company worth 9% of the FTSE 100, if it goes through. Hargreaves [...]

Shell £47bn BG deal will stretch balance sheet but should pay off strategically says Henderson

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy BG Group for £47bn, in the biggest oil and gas deal for 17 years. Here the experts share their views on what this [...]

Sponsor’s view – Pensions: 4 reasons why buy-to-let is such a strong investment choice

Select Property Group discusses the benefits of buy to let investing as a source of retirement income below. This month’s pension reforms are set to hand a generation of pensioners [...]

European and emerging markets rally, while US stocks struggle

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist takes a look at how world investment markets have fared over the past week… It was a mixed week in the world’s stock [...]

Seven per cent ask Hargreaves Lansdown about taking all their pension cash, but only out of a few hundred Bank holiday calls

Hargreaves Lansdown says that of the few hundred calls the firm received on bank holiday Monday about the pension freedom reforms some 7.7% are thinking of taking all their pension [...]

Russia’s better-than-anticipated economic growth figures fail to inspire confidence

Following the publication of the latest set of Russian GDP figures Schroders emerging markets economist Craig Botham explains what he expects for the troubled economy throughout the rest of 2015… The [...]

An investor’s guide to peer to peer lending

The peer to peer lending market continues to grow, while increasingly offering wider ranges of loans and better protection for investors in the event of borrowers defaulting. Many thousands of [...]

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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