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Landlords in the dark about impending tax hike and lending clamp-down

Landlords in the dark about impending tax hike and lending clamp-down

Two-thirds of buy-to-letters are unaware of changes to mortgage tax relief and EU rules that could see them frozen out of the mortgage market.   Research by Direct Line for [...]

BG posts solid final results ahead of Shell takeover

BG posts solid final results ahead of Shell takeover

Oil and gas firm BG Group has reported profit declines ahead of the Royal Dutch Shell takeover.   BG Group has reported for the final time before it is taken [...]

3 stocks that will benefit from Valentine’s Day

3 stocks that will benefit from Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and consumers are set to splash out £86 million on gifts; here are the stocks that will profit from romance.   According to dating [...]

Housing market boost: number of valuations up 52% on last year

Housing market boost: number of valuations up 52% on last year

The housing market has kicked off 2016 on a positive note with property valuations up by half compared to the year before.   Figures from Connells Survey & Valuation shows [...]

Financial fibs: 3 in 10 keep money secrets from their spouse

Financial fibs: 3 in 10 keep money secrets from their spouse

Nearly three in 10 people keep financial secrets from their other half, with credit card debt being the most common fib.   Ahead of Marriage Week UK, BlackRock has looked [...]

US judge rules HSBC must reveal secret money-laundering report

US judge rules HSBC must reveal secret money-laundering report

A judge in the US has sided with customers and demanded HSBC publish the findings of a report on the bank’s attempts to clamp down on money-laundering.   An independent [...]

Londoners are the best savers in the country

Londoners are the best savers in the country

People living in the capital are the best savers in Britain, putting away over £1,000 a month on average.   A survey by Charter Savings Bank revealed Londoners are putting [...]

Oil price falls have boosted wages and economy, says Bank

Oil price falls have boosted wages and economy, says Bank

Falling oil prices has been good for the economy as people’s money stretches further than it did.   Ben Broadbent, deputy governor of the Bank of England, told the BBC [...]

Expert comment: The first Super Thursday of 2016 – MPC votes unanimously to keep bank rate at 0.5%

Maike Currie, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International, looks at the Bank of England’s first Super-Thursday of 2016… Given Mark Carney’s cautious comments just a few weeks ago, [...]

Expert comment: “Communication helps to provide stability”

Dominic Rossi, global CIO of equities at fund manager Fidelity International looks at the recent market volatility and the role central banks need to play… The world economy is bearing [...]

Do central bankers need to toughen up in the face of market fright?

Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma looks at the long-term risks of central bankers’ capitulating to panicked markets… Just ten days ago there was serious panic in markets and [...]

Broker view: Severn Trent recommended as a “hold” on trading update

As Severn Trent reports a Q3 trading update, Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, utility company Severn Trent reiterated [...]

Scottish Power cuts bills by up to £32 per year, but experts say it is “too little, too late”

Scottish Power  is the latest of the Big Six energy suppliers to cut standard tariffs, which will fall by 5.4%, or £32 per year, from March 15. Stephen Murray, energy [...]

Broker view: Why shares in a Sky are a ‘buy’

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at stockbroker The Share Centre, explains why he is backing shares in Sky… It was a busy week for Sky last week as the company [...]

Londoners way behind the rest of the UK when it comes to owning an ISA

Londoners are way behind the rest of the UK when it comes to owning an ISA, according to new research. The analysis from digital wealth manager MoneyFarm, shows that just [...]

“Japan steps up the currency war”

Keith Wade, chief economist at Schroders, comments on the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce a negative interest rate policy… In a surprise move the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has [...]

Peer-to-peer lending enjoyed record growth in 2015

The peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry lent more than £2.2bn in 2015 according to new figures released today from the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). Numbers from the trade body show that [...]

UK GDP figures: “Bank of England still on course to raise rates this year”

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what the latest GDP figures mean for investors… The Office for National Statistics said on Thursday that the UK economy [...]

Expert comment: “Nervous markets call for a calm approach”

The first three weeks of 2016 have been a difficult time in global stock markets, but in reality little has changed except perception. John Chatfeild-Roberts, head of strategy, Jupiter Independent [...]

The heat is on – many households set to see their energy bills jump by more than £200

Many households could see their bills soar by more than £206 if they do not act fast and switch tariffs by the end of the week, when no less than [...]

Oil rout prompts expat workers to return home, financial adviser warns

The continuing saga surrounding oil prices is fuelling demand for financial advice from high net worth expats returning to Britain, says Mike Coady, managing director of deVere UK… Since mid-2015 [...]

Sage recommended as a “hold” despite healthy first quarter trading

As Sage releases its Q1 trading numbers, Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what they mean for investors… Quarter 1 trading at accounting software firm Sage [...]

“Oil glut will drown out the rhetoric”, says fund manager

The reality of oil supply overwhelms political rhetoric from Draghi and Saudi, says Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens… When investing, it is essential to look forward at least six months [...]

Dixons Carphone tipped as a “buy” on trading update

As Dixons Carphone reports a Q3 trading update Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning Dixons Carphone reported the all-important [...]

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