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Government launches major review to “radically improve” access to financial advice

Government launches major review to “radically improve” access to financial advice

Economic Secretary to the Treasury Harriett Baldwin has launched a new review in a bid to dramatically improve consumers’ access to financial advice. The Financial Advice Market Review will examine [...]

Government sells off a further 1% of its stake in Lloyds Banking Group

Government sells off a further 1% of its stake in Lloyds Banking Group

The government has sold a further 1% of its stake in Lloyds Banking Group taking the total raised for the taxpayer to almost £14bn. The latest sale cuts the government’s [...]

First-half profits at HSBC jump 10% on strong Asian performance

First-half profits at HSBC jump 10% on strong Asian performance

Profits at HSBC jumped 10% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year on the back of a strong performance in Asia. On Monday Europe’s [...]

Britons spend £37 billion a year on holidays, and it’s making us happier

Britons spend £37 billion a year on holidays, and it’s making us happier

Britons are spending £37 billion going on an average of 2.4 holidays a year.   Research by SunLife shows nearly three quarters, 71%, of UK households go away at least [...]

Rents rise at fastest annual pace for two years

Rents rise at fastest annual pace for two years

Official figures show monthly rents have risen at their strongest pace for more than two years.   Figures from the Office of National Statistics show in the 12 months since [...]

British Gas cuts bills by just £35 a year as it makes £63 per second

British Gas cuts bills by just £35 a year as it makes £63 per second

British Gas has been criticised by cutting its prices by £35 a year after make profit of £528 million in the first six months of the year.   Centrica, owner [...]

Confidence in UK economy falls but personal finances looking strong

Confidence in UK economy falls but personal finances looking strong

Confidence in the wider economic outlook dipped this month but Britons are upbeat about their prospects for their own personal finances.   Worries about Greece and the global economy and [...]

Forget the oil giants and buy into smaller energy companies, says GAM

Forget the oil giants and buy into smaller energy companies, says GAM

Investors should forget about investing in large oil companies and put their money into small and mid-size energy producers, according to GAM’s Roberto Cominotto.   The collapse in the oil [...]

The Battle of the Challenger Banks

Challenger Banks lead the way offering 90% of the available fixed rates says Savings Champion in this sponsored editorial Amidst the backdrop of record low base rate and falling savings [...]

The Battle of the Challenger Banks

Challenger Banks lead the way offering 90% of the available fixed rates says Savings Champion in this sponsored editorial Amidst the backdrop of record low base rate and falling savings [...]

“Volatility and risk remain top of the agenda for fixed income investors”

Nick Hayes, manager of the AXA WF Global Strategic bonds explains why he is maintaining a defensive stance in fixed income investing in an “increasingly volatile market environment” and highlights [...]

A bull in a China shop

Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens gives his view on the fall of Chinese equities and its implications for global growth and investors “Chinese equities are having a year to remember. [...]

BlackRock slashes charges on five tracker funds including FTSE 100 and FTSE All Share funds

BlackRock has halved charges on some of its biggest index tracking funds covering the UK, US and European markets. The fund group has cut the charges on its giant £8.7 [...]

ITV a buy for medium risk investors though future growth may be more ‘conservative’

ITV continued to rebalance its business successfully with the broadcaster saying it was on track for another strong performance this year as net profits rose to £275m in the six [...]

Some £1.2bn paid out by Britons in overdraft charges during the past year

Some 33% of Britons faced charges from their bank for going overdrawn or bouncing scheduled payments over the past year. With the average charge being £73, this equates to £1.2bn [...]

Shares in British engineering solutions provider Costain are a ‘buy’

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks Costain as share of the week… British engineering solutions provider Costain is a top choice for investors seeking a long [...]

“Chinese contradictions and Western hypocrisy”

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, compares Chinese and Western responses to crises in equity markets…  The Chinese equity market started to rally last year, in anticipation of [...]

Investors respond positively to improvement in Kingfisher trading

As Kingfisher provides a trading update Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher reported a [...]

Five tips to help avoid being overcharged by your bank

Overdrafts can give you a handy financial cushion, and it is possible to use them safely – but slipping into an unauthorised overdraft can leave you with fees you may [...]

Greece: Victory for Tsipras? Think again

Bill McQuaker, co-head of Henderson’s multi-asset team, provides his views on the proposed third bailout deal for Greece… The price is high and there are still legislative hurdles to overcome, [...]

ARM Holdings is a ‘hold’ for Share Centre

As ARM Holdings reports this morning, Graham Spooner investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, the Cambridge based computer chip designer, Arm Holdings, reported [...]

How have US banks fared during results reporting season?

With the majority of the US money-center banks having reported for their second quarter results, Filippo Alloatti, senior analyst at Hermes Credit, shares his initial thoughts on the numbers… In [...]

Money worries a greater burden than health concerns for pre-retirees

Almost half at 49% of the over 50s are worried about not having enough money in retirement, compared to just over a third, at 37%, who are concerned about health [...]

Has your financial adviser suggested using a discretionary fund manager? Five questions you should ask

You’re in the process of seeking advice and just have been told by your adviser that you could benefit from the services of a discretionary fund manager –do you know [...]

The Wellesley Mini-Bond offers up to 7% gross interest per annum

For people seeking alternative investment options, Wellesley Finance Plc is offering a great opportunity to invest in its Mini-Bond. The Wellesley Mini-Bond offers up to 7% (gross) interest per annum on [...]

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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