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Almost a third of cash ISA holders plan to save more because of the NISA

Almost a third of cash ISA holders plan to save more because of the NISA

Around one in three (32%) cash ISA holders expect to save more as a result of new £15,000 Isa limit, while close to half (52%) believe it will make no [...]

Gap between investor income expectations and actual returns widens

Gap between investor income expectations and actual returns widens

Investors around the world have become even more dissatisfied over the last 12 months with the income they receive from their investments, according to a survey from global asset manager, [...]

AstraZeneca shares jump 7% on the back of rumoured Pfizer takeover

AstraZeneca shares jump 7% on the back of rumoured Pfizer takeover

Shares in pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca have soared by more then 7% on the back of reports that US drugs company Pfizer is preparing a takeover bid writes Philip Scott. Over [...]

Investors should “hang on” to Marks & Spencer as the UK’s economic situation improves

Investors should “hang on” to Marks & Spencer as the UK’s economic situation improves

Retail stockbroker The Share Centre is recommending investors “hang onto the coat tails of recovery at Marks & Spencer” as the better economic backdrop should help drive results going forward [...]

Despite greater pension freedom retirees are set to see their income collapse

Despite greater pension freedom retirees are set to see their income collapse

Despite last month’s Budget providing savers with far more choice in regards to how they use their pension pot retirees can still expect to see their income collapse by two [...]

Energy supplier switching times to be cut in half by the end of 2014

Energy supplier switching times to be cut in half by the end of 2014

Changing energy supplier is set to become easier and much faster for consumers as firms commit to slashing switching times in half by the end of 2014 writes Philip Scott. [...]

Britons now collectively spending in excess of £6bn on moving house

Britons now collectively spending in excess of £6bn on moving house

The price tag just for the privilege of moving home now stands at more than £8,000 as increases in the associated costs continue to rise writes Philip Scott. According to [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share-tips: Sports Direct, Reed Elsevier, Unilever, William Hill and WPP

Mindful Money’s weekly share-tips: Sports Direct, Reed Elsevier, Unilever, William Hill and WPP

Given the controversy and media coverage Sports Direct International has endured of late, investors will be all ears when the firm updates the market with its latest set of results [...]

US economy and profits need to pick up to justify valuations

The US economy and profits need to pick up soon if the enthusiasm built into share price valuations is to be validated, Iain Stewart, manager of the Newton Real Return [...]

Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett on where UK equities go from here

Invesco Perpetual’s head of UK equities and successor to Neil Woodford, Mark Barnett points out that while March enjoyed an improved outlook for economic growth in the UK, it was not however [...]

Thinktank calls for end of tax free pensions lump sum and tax relief on pension savings

Tax relief on pensions should be replaced by a Government payment of 50p per £1 saved says a radical report by Michael Johnson for the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). [...]

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 [...]

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