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One in eight has been targeted by pension tricksters

One in eight has been targeted by pension tricksters

Fraudsters are targeting pension savers in alarming numbers as one in eight over-50s report that they have been approached by a firm that encouraged them to withdraw their retirement pot [...]

Payday lenders “still breaking their word”, warns charity

Payday lenders “still breaking their word”, warns charity

One in five payday loan borrowers is not told about the risks of extending the loan, Citizens Advice has warned. The charity said lenders have been slow to improve their [...]

Wonga’s profits halve after compensation bill

Wonga’s profits halve after compensation bill

Profits at payday lender Wonga have halved after the company  faced a compensation bill for using unfair tactics against customers. Wonga’s profits dropped by 53% from £84.5m to £39.7m in [...]

House prices dip in September

House prices dip in September

After months of speculation that we may be in the midst of a housing market bubble, prices actually fell in September by 0.2% compared to the previous month. This was [...]

UK supermarket shares: “Things are likely to get worse before they get better”

UK supermarket shares: “Things are likely to get worse before they get better”

Sainsbury’s is set to update the market this week but some experts believe investors should be steering well-clear of the UK’s troubled supermarket sector. As a result of far tougher competition [...]

Just one year to go before Britons can get up to £1,300 a year in State Pension top-ups

Just one year to go before Britons can get up to £1,300 a year in State Pension top-ups

Pensioners have just 12 months to go until they can obtain State Pension top-ups worth up to £1,300 a year. People can pre-register now and from 12 October 2015 until [...]

Millions of UK workers now relying on their employers for retirement planning advice

Millions of UK workers now relying on their employers for retirement planning advice

A record number of UK workers are now relying on and turning to their employers for guidance on retirement planning according to new research from Baring Asset Management. The fund [...]

Osborne’s move to abolish 55% tax on inherited pensions: Expert reactions and commentary

Osborne’s move to abolish 55% tax on inherited pensions: Expert reactions and commentary

In his latest salvo on the retirement industry, the Chancellor George Osborne has declared that the government is tearing-up the 55% death tax on pensions rule. From next April pensioners [...]

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 [...]

Retail investors should be wary of Alibaba hype if they have missed out on the ‘IPO pop’

Chris Beauchamp, Market Strategist at IG Group, discusses what to look out for in Alibaba’s upcoming IPO:  Alibaba’s IPO is finally upon us, and the hype and enthusiasm is still [...]

Asos shares fall further on profit warning

Shares in the online fashion retailer ASOS have fallen by 8.6 per cent today as the company posted a profit warning. It closed at 2,214p this afternoon after earlier warning [...]

Twenty-somethings admit to costly financial mistakes

Three quarters of adults in their twenties have made financial mistakes that have ended up costing them for years to come. A new study from the Government-backed Money Advice Service [...]

A third of Brits plan to stay invested in retirement

Around a third of UK adults are planning to use the stockmarket to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of living in retirement. New research from retirement [...]

Just one week left to save the union

With one week to go today Azad Zangana, European economist at fund manager Schroders gives his latest economic insight into the Scottish Referendum… On the 18th of September, Scotland will decide [...]

Skipton launches new fixed rate bonds and Isas

Skipton Building Society has launched a new range of fixed rate Isas and bonds with rates increasing by up to 0.25%. The two year fixed rate Isa rises to 2.00% [...]

The investment impact of more sanctions on Russia

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the situation on the ground in Ukraine and his view of the impact of more sanctions on Russia below. Pro-Russian separatist rebels [...]

Sterling steals ugly stick from single currency

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with City firm VFX Financial plc, examines the turbulent events in the currency markets as polls show a surge of support for Scottish [...]

Struggling households sell possessions to survive

One in ten households have resorted to selling their possessions in a bid to meet their housing costs, new figures from the housing charity Shelter reveal. Over three million households [...]

‘Euro sinks, dollar surges with sterling somewhere in the middle’

Alex Plester, a senior foreign exchange broker with VFX Financial, takes a look at the big developments in the currency markets last week. Last week’s events have seen currency markets [...]

ECB rate cut and asset buying programme – analysts’ views

Expert views on the European Central Bank moves on interest rates and the asset buying programme Interest cut will have limited impact Schroders European Economist Azad Zangana, and Fixed Income [...]

Critical illness cover extended to maximum 40 years by insurer Zurich to take account of longer mortgage terms

Insurer Zurich has increased the maximum term for its critical illness cover from 30 to 40 years to take account of customers with longer mortgages and better reflect changing retirement [...]

Should investors be shifting their portfolios because of the global political crises?

Kleinwort Benson’s chief investment officer Mouhammed Choukeir asks whether investors should be adjusting their portfolios to cope with global political risks. He notes that historic crises – even those as [...]

Better days ahead for Europe’s banking sector?

Justin Bisseker, European banks analyst, at fund manager Schroders discusses a significant autumn of developments in the European banking sector, which should be beneficial for the sector and the broader [...]

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