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Barclays boss claims end of free banking would be better for consumers

Barclays boss claims end of free banking would be better for consumers

Barclays boss Antony Jenkins bank has told ITV News he wants to see the end of ‘free banking’ in a bid to boost transparency and competition. Jenkins, group chief executive [...]

PPI bill for the big banks passes £24bn

PPI bill for the big banks passes £24bn

The bill for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) by the big five UK banks  has now reached £24.4bn. The calculations by the consumer group Which? come after several [...]

Barclays profits drop 21% as chief takes his first bonus

Barclays profits drop 21% as chief takes his first bonus

Barclays has posted a 21% fall in profits and set aside more money to cover potential fines, while its boss was paid his first bonus as chief executive. The bank’s  [...]

Dividend heroes: which investment company has increased payouts for 48 years in a row?

Dividend heroes: which investment company has increased payouts for 48 years in a row?

In January, Bankers Investment Trust accomplished its 48th year of consecutive dividend increases, The Association of Investment Companies has revealed. The AIC has published a list of companies that have increased dividends for [...]

More than half of over-50s consider moving abroad

More than half of over-50s consider moving abroad

More than half of Britain’s over 50s are considering a new life overseas, a survey has found. The research by deVere, the financial adviser, revealed that  59 per cent of [...]

Weekly savings update: HSBC launches new ISA as Charter Savings Bank enters market

Weekly savings update: HSBC launches new ISA as Charter Savings Bank enters market

Savingschampion.co.uk founder and Mindful Money columnist Anna Bowes looks at what deals are hitting the marketplace and whether they are worth your attention… Charter Savings Bank has entered the savings [...]

What have been the best performing investment funds since December 1999?

What have been the best performing investment funds since December 1999?

The UK’s benchmark index the FTSE 100 may have only just recovered to its 1999 high but since the turn of the century, a number of funds have made some [...]

Government to offer 100,000 first-time buyers new homes at a 20% discount

Government to offer 100,000 first-time buyers new homes at a 20% discount

The Government has launched a new scheme offering 100,000 first time buyers new homes at a 20% discount in what it has described as “part of a major push to [...]

What is in store for US stocks?

As the Nasdaq broke the 5,000 mark for the first time since 2000, Nadia Grant, US equities fund manager at Threadneedle Investments, explains why she believes that US stocks are attractively valued in [...]

Ex-Morrisons treasurer imprisoned for insider dealing

Former Morrisons group treasurer and head of tax Paul Coyle has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of insider dealing. In a prosecution [...]

Five fund picks for income investors

As the tax-year draws to a close and investors look to take advantage of their remaining Isa allowances before it is too late, Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal [...]

India’s Budget: the good news and the bad

Craig Botham, emerging market economist at Schroders explains that India’s Union Budget, announced on February 28, broadly delivered what markets were looking for, but will have disappointed some expectations… The expected [...]

Shortage of adequate savings is keeping Britons up at night

Nearly one in seven Britons are kept awake at night over money worries, which is ultimately impacting their day-to-day lives claims new research from TopCashback.co.uk. The analysis revealed that it’s [...]

Woodford Investment Management’s Neil Woodford: “British science is in great shape”

Neil Woodford, manager of the CF Woodford Equity Income fund and veteran pharmaceutical company investor outlines why he believes the UK’s science sector is in rude health… I have been [...]

Oil price drop – emerging markets winners and losers

There are clear winners and losers within the Emerging Markets (EM) universe as a result of the drop in oil price. However, uncertainty still remains regarding the causes of the [...]

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 [...]

Currency volatility concerns suggests British American Tobacco is a ‘hold’

As British American Tobacco reports its full year results Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what this mean for investors… In its full-year results announced this [...]

Too many DIY investors are running high-risk portfolios

With the ISA deadline fast approaching, investors are looking closely at where they should put their money but Wealth Horizon has warned that too many DIY investors are taking on [...]

Eurozone fears dent investor confidence

Investors remain worried about the impact of eurozone woes, despite the FTSE 100 breaking its 1999 high of 6,930, a new study has found. The latest investor confidence research from [...]

Experts share their views on the Woodford Patient Capital Trust

Experts cast a professional eye over the prospectus for the launch of the Woodford Patient Capital Trust… Following this week’s publication of the prospectus for Neil Woodford’s latest offering, Fidelity and [...]

Why favour international over US equities?

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist explains the trends behind the fund group’s preferences for international over US equities, and within bonds, credit over long-term Treasuries and other rate-sensitive assets… [...]

How to appeal a penalty for a mistake on your tax return

Taxpayers who  made a mistake in their self-assessment tax return could face a penalty from HM Revenue and Customs for 15% of the tax understated. The Low Incomes Tax Reform [...]

Which investment companies are boosting dividends?

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) looks at five-year dividend growth rates to see which companies have made the most significant increases… The AIC’s calculations are based on dividend growth over the [...]

What Janet Yellen’s testimony and US interest rates mean for global investors

Investors globally can expect US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to move equities, fixed income and commodities markets. David Stubbs, global market strategist [...]

FTSE 100 within reach of new all-time high‏…

The December 1999 all-time high of the FTSE 100 when it hit 6,930 has become a major psychological barrier for investors in recent years writes Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA [...]

Almost 40% of Britons intend to use their ISA to fund retirement‏

The retirement ISA’, or ‘RISA’ is emerging as the preferred retirement savings vehicle of many Britons claims new research from fund manager BlackRock. The group’s latest Investor Pulse survey has [...]

FTSE is 50% cheaper than in 1999

The FTSE 100 is at a 15-year high, and is near its record closing level of 6,930 achieved on 30th December 1999, but if you look at the price to earnings [...]

How investors could generate a £40,000-per-year tax-free income

Investors can earn up to £40,000 per year tax-free by making use of legitimate allowances, a financial advisory firm has shown. In recent days the issue of tax avoidance by [...]

A postcard from India: What investors need to know

Following his recent trip to India to meet with companies, government officials and private sector analysts, Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders, shares his findings… There remains strong belief in the ability [...]

Are government bonds due a correction?

Stuart Edwards, fund manager of the Invesco Perpetual Global Bond Fund, discusses the challenges and opportunities that recent events could provide for investors… 2015 is already shaping up to be [...]

Chinese New Year and the outlook for Asian equities

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 19 February, Andrew Swan, manager of the BlackRock Asia fund, comments on the outlook for Asian equities… As China celebrates the year of the [...]

Bonds as volatile as equities asserts Miton fund manager

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi asset fund range, explains why he has reduced exposure to bonds… One of our most strongly held views has been our “lower for longer” [...]

Pushy parents on the rise across the UK

British parents are coercing their children into taking part in certain extracurricular activities in a bid to improve their education and career prospects. New research from comparison site, Confused.com reveals [...]

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