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Britain near bottom of the European Union league for underemployment

Britain near bottom of the European Union league for underemployment

New data published this week by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), has placed the UK in 23rd place out of 28 for its record on underemployment. [...]

Millions of Britons work from home but are they adequately insured?

Millions of Britons work from home but are they adequately insured?

New research has revealed that 7.5m Britons spend at least some part of their week working from home but many may be surprised to learn that they are not properly [...]

Zero-hours contracts just the “tip of the iceberg” claims the TUC

Zero-hours contracts just the “tip of the iceberg” claims the TUC

Zero-hours contracts are “just the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to low-paid and insecure jobs claims new analysis from the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The report showed that [...]

Fixed rate mortgages remain the most popular option but trackers are catching up

Fixed rate mortgages remain the most popular option but trackers are catching up

Brokers are writing more mortgage business with longer-term initial rates new research has revealed. The results from the specialist lender, Paragon Mortgages’s quarterly intermediary tracking survey for the first three [...]

Should investors really sell in May and go away?

Should investors really sell in May and go away?

The old adage of “sell in May and go away, don’t come back till St Leger Day” is a warning often cited by investors looking to avoid the traditionally trickier [...]

Labour’s proposed rent controls slammed by Liberal Democrats and Conservatives

Labour’s proposed rent controls slammed by Liberal Democrats and Conservatives

Labour’s rent control announcements, including plans to cap rents so they cannot rise beyond the rate of inflation in certain tenancies, have been slammed by the Liberal Democrats. The party [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, RBS & Lloyds Banking Group

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, RBS & Lloyds Banking Group

The dramatic fall in the oil price since last June will provide the primary backdrop for BP when it updates the market with its first quarter results on Tuesday. While [...]

Labour proposes stamp duty break for first-time buyers

Labour proposes stamp duty break for first-time buyers

Ed Miliband is to propose today that under a Labour government first-time buyers would not have to pay stamp duty when purchasing a home for less than £300,000 according to [...]

Five pre-election fund tips to ride out the uncertainty ahead of 7 May

With just over a week to go until the UK General Election, how should investors position themselves for life after 7 May? Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing [...]

Ashmore’s Jan Dehn: The failure of QE‏

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why Quantitative Easing (QE) is failing as instead of funneling funds into the real economy, the policy is inflating bubbles in both [...]

“None of the above” – Psigma Investment Management on Election 2015

If you hadn’t noticed, there is an election coming up in the UK and it is already getting seriously boring Writes Psigma Investment Management chief investment officer Tom Becket… I [...]

Despite the looming general election consumer attitudes to personal finances and the country’s situation rise

Consumers are feeling much more positive about their current financial situation and the state of the economy than they were last month, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power [...]

As Britain marks St George’s Day – where are the best investment opportunities in the UK right now?

As Britain celebrates St. George’s Day, Mark Wharrier, co-manager of the BlackRock UK Income Fund looks comments on the investment opportunities in the UK equity income sector… The outlook for [...]

Is value still to be found in Europe?

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi asset fund range asks whether there is still value to be found in Europe… The over-arching theme in our portfolio for some time now [...]

First rate rise expected in early 2016, say experts

Members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5%, the latest minutes reveal. Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at [...]

High earners should act sooner rather than later as Tories, Lib Dems and Labour all eye reducing top rate pension tax reliefs

Jason Hollands, managing director, business development, at Tilney Bestinvest looks at the threat to pension tax relief for big earners below. With the General Election just weeks away, the Conservative, [...]

What Tesco’s record-breaking loss means for investors

Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, looks at Tesco’s massive loss, which is the worst of any UK retailer on record… “This morning there were more dismal [...]

UK equity income sector provides 4.82% annual dividend growth

The UK equity income sector has delivered 4.82% annual dividend growth, the latest figures from the Association of Investment Companies reveal. Over the past 20 years  the income paid out [...]

The silver lining of slower growth

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist explains why low growth is not all bad news… Stocks struggle amid more signs of sluggish growth Stocks struggled last week amid more [...]

China stimulus rolled out as growth stalls

Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders, comments on the Chinese data announced over the weekend… “A data-heavy week in China was capped by a larger-than-expected 100 basis points (bps) [...]

Pension freedom: “Will it be a smooth ride or a train crash?”

So we have entered the brave new world of pension flexibility and freedoms. The question will be whether people will use those freedoms to enhance their retirement choices or just [...]

Unilever’s sales boost represents good news for investors

As Unilever provides a first quarter trading update, Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… On Thursday consumer goods giant Unilever cheered [...]

Investors should prepare “to take advantage of the fallout” from US Federal Reserve’s inevitable rate rise

Investors should prepare a defensive portfolio and to be ready to take advantage of the imminent significant opportunities that will likely present themselves writes Tom Elliott international investment strategist at [...]

Growth prospects for China: what the latest GDP figures reveal

Craig Botham, emerging markets economist, shares his thoughts on today’s Chinese GDP figures… Chinese GDP grew 7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, in line with expectations, and slower [...]

Pensions – four things to consider before investing in property

Select Property Group discusses what to think about before investing pension money in property in this sponsored article. Landmark pension reforms came into effect this week, and those with a [...]

Sponsor’s view – Pensions: 4 reasons why buy-to-let is such a strong investment choice

Select Property Group discusses the benefits of buy to let investing as a source of retirement income below. This month’s pension reforms are set to hand a generation of pensioners [...]

An investor’s guide to peer to peer lending

The peer to peer lending market continues to grow, while increasingly offering wider ranges of loans and better protection for investors in the event of borrowers defaulting. Many thousands of [...]

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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