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Youth poverty surges while pensioners facing financial hardship falls to lowest ever level

Youth poverty surges while pensioners facing financial hardship falls to lowest ever level

New research has concluded that while there has been a big rise over the past decade in the proportion of adults under 25 in poverty, at the same time far [...]

Brokers backing Prudential following strong market update

Brokers backing Prudential following strong market update

Given Prudential’s latest market update, brokers at The Share Centre are optimistic on the outlook for the life insurance giant and are tipping it as a ‘buy’. Following a strong [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Kingfisher, Wolseley & Compass Group

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: Kingfisher, Wolseley & Compass Group

B&Q owner Kingfisher is set to report its third quarter trading update on Tuesday and investors will be hoping for some positive news on its European operations. The business, which [...]

Global business confidence collapses to five-year low

Global business confidence collapses to five-year low

Global business confidence plummeted to its worst level in five years during October as hiring and investment plans among companies collapsed to post crisis lows. The Markit Global Business Outlook [...]

Value of UK private housing breaks through the £5 trillion barrier

Value of UK private housing breaks through the £5 trillion barrier

The value of the UK’s private housing stock has soared by 57% over the past decade to break through the £5trn barrier claims research from Halifax. According to the lender, [...]

Want to invest in property? 5 reasons to be bullish on UK housebuilders

Want to invest in property? 5 reasons to be bullish on UK housebuilders

You may not have the cash to become a property tycoon but you can still benefit from the UK housing market through investing in housebuilders. Office of National Statistics figures [...]

UK borrowing improves in October, but still £3.7bn higher than last year

UK borrowing improves in October, but still £3.7bn higher than last year

Official data has revealed the UK’s public sector borrowing has improved slightly but it is still £3.7 billion higher than the same period last year. Figures from the Office of [...]

Retirees continues to ditch annuities; sales down 56% on last year

Retirees continues to ditch annuities; sales down 56% on last year

Sales of annuities have continued to fall since pension freedoms were announced in the Budget with a decrease of 56% year on year. Figures from the Association of British Insurers [...]

Opportunities in a recovering Japan – what shares could benefit?

Chisako Hardie, manager of the AXA Framlington Japan fund, discusses the factors behind Japan’s recovery and highlights stocks that are benefiting from this change… Since Shinzō Abe was elected two [...]

Capricorns are most likely to buy a new car

Dealers looking to increase their new car sales in next year may well want to open their sales pitch by checking when customers celebrate their birthday. A recent survey by [...]

Gross mortgage lending jumps 8% year-on-year in October

Gross mortgage lending jumped 8% on an annual basis to reach £19bn in October according to the latest estimates from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The trade body’s latest [...]

Generalist VCTs dominate as trade body publishes the top 20 performers of the last decade

The Association of Investment Companies has published the statistics for the top 20 performing Venture Capital Trusts in the last ten years. The top 20 performers have paid out average [...]

Japan and Korea offer insight into the future‏ – comment from Ashmore

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why taking a look at Japan and Korea could help form a view about the future, with both countries offering great insight [...]

Britons set to splash more than £17bn on Christmas cheer

British festive expenditure is set to top £17bn this year with Britons expected to splash out an average of £383 per person claims new research from MoneySuperMarket. The comparison site [...]

A third of young drivers happy to lie if it means a cheaper deal on car insurance

A third of young drivers are happy to lie if it means getting a cheaper deal on their car insurance. Research from switching site, Gocompare.com found that 33% of UK [...]

The reorganisation of Royal Mail continues with asset stripping high on the agenda, but will staff be next?

Alastair McCaig, market commentator at IG Group discusses the outlook for Royal Mail ahead of its results on this week… On Wednesday 19 November, ahead of a busy Christmas period, [...]

The launch of China’s Stock Connect scheme – expert reactions

Today marks the opening of the first trading link between Shanghai and Hong Kong. The scheme dubbed, Stock Connect, gives China the ability to open up its equity capital market [...]

Government extending 24-hour visa service to attract more business to Britain

Downing Street has today unveiled plans to extend its 24-hour visa service in a bid to attract more investment in the UK. As the Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in [...]

Bank of England Inflation Report: “A cautious outlook”

Schroders European economist, Azad Zangana, comments on this week’s Bank of England Inflation Report… Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney delivered a cautious outlook when presenting the November Inflation Report [...]

The Money Taboo: Millions are stressed but talking about finances remains off limits

A massive 41% of Britons admit that money problems remain one of their biggest stresses yet nearly half, at 46%, refuse to talk about their woes according to new research [...]

Five reasons why it may be time to scoop up US high yield bonds

A leading US bond fund manager says it may be time to snap up high yield bonds after a period of painful repricing. Western Asset, an affiliate of giant US [...]

Unpaid carers over-50 number 3.6 million

There are more than 3.6 million over-50s caring for relatives and loved ones without pay, a study by Saga has revealed. Unpaid carers save the taxpayer millions every month and [...]

Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett: “Opportunities and risks in the UK market”

With the British economy having improved over the past 12 months, Mark Barnett, head of UK equities at Invesco Perpetual looks at whether that rate of improvement can be maintained… [...]

Cheap oil: The impact on the economy and markets

The price of oil has dropped sharply in the last month as lukewarm global growth has reduced demand expectations even as supply remains steady. Erik Knutzen, chief investment officer, multi-asset [...]

Too much online activity could hit consumer insurance claims

Just 29% of consumers think it is fair for insurance companies to use social media posts to check the validity of claims, research from Consumer Intelligence has shown The group’s [...]

M&S is a “buy” after better-than-expected results, says Share Centre

The Share Centre is recommending Marks and Spencer as a ‘buy’ as its first half results beat expectations. The shares rose 33p to 437.8p on Wednesday. Half-year pre-tax profit fell [...]

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