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Retirees raiding pensions next year risk huge tax bills

Retirees raiding pensions next year risk huge tax bills

Retirees excited about the prospect of getting their hands on their pension cash next year under the new rules could find themselves lumbered with a large tax bill. From April [...]

Find out which FTSE 350 chief earned 2,000 times the living wage last year

Find out which FTSE 350 chief earned 2,000 times the living wage last year

Britain’s highest earning director earned the average living wage in just an hour last year, 2,238 times more than the lowest-paid worker. The TUC has highlighted the disparity between the [...]

Compulsory in-car cameras to cut insurance costs: would you object?

Compulsory in-car cameras to cut insurance costs: would you object?

A quarter of motorists believe in-car cameras should be made compulsory to stop ‘crash for cash’ scams that push up the cost of car insurance. A survey by motoring organisation [...]

Second steppers need to find £60k to move home

Second steppers need to find £60k to move home

Getting on to the property ladder is difficult but once you’re on the problems don’t end as so-called ‘second steppers’ have to find an extra £60,000 to move up a [...]

Three options for investors to ride out FTSE turmoil

Three options for investors to ride out FTSE turmoil

With the stockmarket in turmoil, investors are being forced to make some tough decisions: what should you do with your investments? Yesterday, the FTSE 100 entered a technical correction falling [...]

Bank of England chief economist ‘gloomier’ on outlook for UK

Bank of England chief economist ‘gloomier’ on outlook for UK

The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates lower for even longer as its chief economist admitted he was ‘gloomier’ about the prospect for the UK economy. In [...]

Rolls-Royce shares slump on profit warning

Rolls-Royce shares slump on profit warning

Shares in Rolls-Royce (RR) tumbled this morning the company announced it would not return to profit next year. Despite the FTSE 100 continuing yesterday’s late rally and opening 1% higher [...]

Borrowers shrug of interest rate fears as more opt for tracker mortgages

Borrowers shrug of interest rate fears as more opt for tracker mortgages

Homebuyers have shrugged off concerns about impending interest rate rises as the number applying for a fixed-rate mortgage fell to its lowest level in almost two years. Figures from the [...]

Is gold starting to shine once again?

Martin Arnold, director of global FX & commodity strategist at ETF Securities comments on the upcoming Swiss Referendum explains how it could impact the gold price… Gold is recovering alongside [...]

Address inconsistencies cause chaos for borrowers

Addresses that are not listed on online forms are wreaking havoc for thousands of consumers who want to borrow money, but do not have an accurate credit report. A new [...]

Is small cap M&A about to take off asks AXA IM

Henry Lowson, manager of the AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies fund, outlines why he believes the stage is set for small caps to flourish below. M&A trickling down the market [...]

Burberry still a buy underpinned by Asian middle class says the Share Centre

The Share Centre says it backs Burberry as a buy despite some economic headwinds facing Europe. Investment research analyst Helal Miah says: “Burberry reported first half numbers which were in-line [...]

Yet another emerging market sell-off due to faltering US growth despite strong EM fundamentals

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses Emerging Markets asset prices and currencies, which have been buffeted by the shifting sentiments about the US, Europe and Japan, although, he [...]

Inmarsat tipped by the Share Centre

The Share Centre has picked Inmarsat as its share of the week. Investment research manager Sheridan Admans says that the global provider of mobile satellite communications services showed in its [...]

Fed begins to worry about the rest of the world

Keith Wade, chief economist at Schroders, comments on the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes released on Wednesday… The minutes of the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting took a [...]

The Share Centre suggests five UK stocks that should do well this winter

A leading stock broker has compiled a list of what it is calling its winter stock picks. Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, has compiled a list [...]

Pensioners are the UK’s savviest and ‘switchiest’ savers

New research commissioned by Gocompare.com Savings has found that when it comes to looking after their nest eggs, the UK’s over 65s are leading the pack. Researchers asked over 2,000 [...]

European Central Bank latest: Draghi disappoints

In its latest policy meeting the European Central Bank, as expected, kept interest rates unchanged but it announced operational details about its bonds purchase programmes. Azad Zangana, European economist at [...]

US bank stress tests to “lose importance” to investors…

Simon Laing, head of US equities at Invesco Perpetual, looks at how much benefit banks will get from rate rises and how much capital can be returned to shareholders… It’s [...]

DVLA website crashes as motorists try and renew car tax

Thousands of motorists were unable to renew their car tax earlier today as the DVLA website crashed under the new system which has scrapped paper discs. The BBC reported that [...]

Free iPad with your mortgage? Borrowers warned to look past gimmicks when choosing a home loan

Lloyds Bank is attempting to win new customers by offering a free iPad Mini to first-time buyers and home movers who take one of its mortgages. The bank is offering [...]

Parents look to royalty when it comes to kitting out their newborns

While mums and dads always want the best for their children, new figures released today show how far such aspirations reach with almost half of saying they have been influenced [...]

Three stock picks from F&C European Small Cap manager Sam Cosh

Sam Cosh, manager of the F&C European Small Cap Fund highlights three stocks he is currently finding attractive Profiting from pints The recent Scottish referendum has highlighted the strong patriotism [...]

Following the success of Alibaba’s listing‏, what’s next for IPOs?

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing, looks at the possibility of a surge in IPOs following the success of Alibaba’s listing… Bankers who sat on their hands during [...]

First time switchers could cut energy bills by a quarter

Britons could cut bills by a quarter by switching for the first time with households losing out by £323 a year by remaining with traditional energy supplier according to calculations [...]

Brokers tip plastic packaging supplier RPC as a ‘buy’

It may not be the most recognisable name on the stockmarket but brokers are tipping plastic packaging supplier RPC as a company to watch. The FTSE 250 listed firm, which [...]

UK retail sales edge up in August – helped by a dash for vacuum cleaners

UK retail sales volumes firmed by a solid if uninspired 0.4% month-on-month in August having been flat in July and edged up 0.1% in June official figures show. While last [...]

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