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Wages rise but still remain below pre-financial crisis levels for both the private and public sector

Wages rise but still remain below pre-financial crisis levels for both the private and public sector

The fall in inflation to 1.6% has helped drive up real year-on-year wage growth for private sector workers but pay packets still remain below pre-crisis levels writes Philip Scott. While [...]

Property outside London – what’s the market like if we ignore the Capital?

Property outside London – what’s the market like if we ignore the Capital?

Trade body, the Council of Mortgage Lenders looks at how UK house price averages change without the influence of the Capital… The London housing market is attracting significant attention at [...]

Home repossessions in the North of England outstripping the South by 44%

Home repossessions in the North of England outstripping the South by 44%

The rate of home repossessions was 44% higher in the North than in the South of England in 2013, according to detailed research by e.surv chartered surveyors. e.surv’s analysis of [...]

Where to find an inflation beating savings account

Where to find an inflation beating savings account

Just one-in-five savings accounts pay enough interest to negate the effect of inflation after the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 1.6% in March writes Kara Gammell. This is the [...]

Budget pension revolution: Just 5% of pension investors planning to blow all the money and rely on state pension

Budget pension revolution: Just 5% of pension investors planning to blow all the money and rely on state pension

Investors are unlikely to blow all their pension money with just 5% planning to take all their money from their pension savings and rely solely on the state pension. The [...]

Unemployment falls to 6.9% but experts say high number of part timers means rate rise still some way off

Unemployment falls to 6.9% but experts say high number of part timers means rate rise still some way off

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 in the year to February a five year low. The unemployment rate is now at 6.9% [...]

Are the oil majors having to come to terms with the dawning of solar power and what should investors do?

Are the oil majors having to come to terms with the dawning of solar power and what should investors do?

The sun’s been shining these past few days. But that’s nothing compared with the amount of hot stuff shining upon power from the sun. So forget fossil fuels and fracking, [...]

Tenants to get greater protection as property letting agents are made join approved ‘redress scheme’

Tenants to get greater protection as property letting agents are made join approved ‘redress scheme’

Millions of tenants and leaseholders will receive stronger protection from unscrupulous letting agents under new plans announced by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. The minister revealed three approved ‘redress schemes’ that [...]

Shawbrook offering one-year fixed rate bond at 1.95%

Shawbrook Bank has increased the rate on its 1-year Fixed Rate Bond, offering savers 1.95% AER. The new issue  is available today, 17 April, both online through the bank’s personal [...]

Tackling climate change is not prohibitively expensive and investors can benefit argues Jupiter’s ecology fund manager

The latest UN report on climate change reinforces the view that environmental investing is essentially an investment in the long term structural growth of the global economy Charlie Thomas, manager [...]

Copenhagen, Geneva and Brussels are most expensive airport taxis per kilometre in Europe

It may be too late to change your Easter break holiday destination, but one travel currency specialist has worked out the most expensive and cheapest taxi runs from Europe’s airports [...]

One in ten say it is not important to save

More than one in 10 UK adults do not think it’s important to regularly save money for the future. New research* for alternative account provider thinkmoney reveals that 12.4% of [...]

Chinese growth to slow further this year says Schroders

Chinese growth is likely to remain subdued this year and may slow further says Schroders’ Emerging Markets economist Craig Botham. Chinese growth slowed in the first quarter of 2014, from 7.7% [...]

London Central Portfolio launches closed ended central London property fund which can take Sipp and Isa cash

London Central Portfolio (LCP), has launched its fourth fund, London Central Apartments II (LCA II) which is designed to be SIPP and ISA eligible. Naomi Heaton, CEO of LCP, says: [...]

Is China set for transformational reform and what does this mean for investors?

Asian equity markets have lagged their developed market peers over the last twelve months as China – its biggest and most significant economy – has disappointed.  Stuart Parks head of [...]

Predictions of death of annuities premature says investment firm Towry

The prediction of the death of annuities are premature says Andy James, head of retirement planning at financial planning firm Towry. James says that for those who either do not [...]

It’s a myth that emerging market debt is as risky and volatile as emerging market equity argues Insight

Emerging market corporate debt has shrugged off everything that has been thrown at it so far this year argues fund manager Insight’s emerging market fixed income managers Rodica Glavan and [...]

Better off Britons increasingly believe their heirs will use an inheritance for living expenses not for saving

Better off Britons believe their beneficiaries are increasingly likely to spend their inheritance on paying for the cost of living at the expense of saving a new survey by Close [...]

Pension minister expects 9 million in pensions for first time or saving more though some pension firms more sceptical

Around nine million pension savers will save for the first time or save more, due to reforms of workplace pensions the Government is claiming. The Department for Work and Pensions [...]

Five things investors learned in the last week

1) Hargreaves Lansdown leads a FTSE sell off as Morgan Stanley cuts its target price to £14.95 from £16.70 but topping the FCA complaints table for investment companies can’t have [...]

You are much less likely to know your partner’s salary in Belfast than in Cardiff

Nearly half of all couples do not know for certain how much their partner earns though women have a clearer picture than men according to research conducted for Stowe Family [...]

Middle income graduate will still have £39,000 student loan debt at age 40

The average student will leave university more than £44,000 in debt with nearly three quarters unable to clear the debt before it is written off after 30 years. The report [...]

Prudential halves minimum for investment in its income drawdown plan to £25,000

Prudential has reduced the minimum investment for its drawdown offering from £50,000 to £25,000 following Chancellor George Osborne’s pension reforms. Under interim changes announced in the Budget, the minimum income [...]

Investors have until April 30th to join RBoS Shareholder Action Group to seek compensation over bank’s 2008 rights issue

The RBoS Shareholder Action Group is reminding investors who wish to join its bid to seek compensation over the RBS right issue of May 2008 that they have only got [...]

Fears grow for China financial crisis but they may be overdone argues Schroders

Fears of a Chinese financial crisis are growing, but are may be overdone says Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders. He has outlined his view of the economic outlook [...]

ATOM – the UK’s first “truly digital bank” to open next year

A new digital bank called ATOM is to open next year led by the founder of Metro Bank Anthony Thomson and the CEO of First Direct Mark Mullen. Atom is expected [...]

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