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Government pays off First World War debt, 100 years after it started

Government pays off First World War debt, 100 years after it started

The government has announced it will pay off part of the nation’s First World War debt, a century after the war started. Chancellor George Osborne has said the government is [...]

Number of homes sold for £1m reaches record high

Number of homes sold for £1m reaches record high

The number of million pound properties sold in Great Britain has hit a record high with 33 homes worth six figures sold every day. Figures from Lloyds Bank show a [...]

RBS puts aside £400m for rate-rigging investigation

RBS puts aside £400m for rate-rigging investigation

Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400 million to cover the costs and potential fines arising from the investigation in Libor rate-rigging. The 81% taxpayer-owned bank announced it had [...]

Japanese stocks surge as central bank announces QE extension

Japanese stocks surge as central bank announces QE extension

Japan’s central bank has shocked the market by extending its stimulus package, sending its major index soaring overnight. The Nikkei 225 saw its biggest one-day gain since June 2013 as [...]

Government rolls out consultation on the Bank of England’s powers over the UK’s housing market

Government rolls out consultation on the Bank of England’s powers over the UK’s housing market

The Government has launched its consultation on which powers the Bank of England (BoE) should have over the UK’s housing market. Back in June, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George [...]

US economy surpasses growth expectations during the third quarter

US economy surpasses growth expectations during the third quarter

Just as the Federal Reserve calls time on its massive quantitative easing (QE) programme, the news has emerged that US economy grew at a faster-than-expected annual rate of 3.5% in [...]

Official numbers suggest strong rise in pension take-up as auto-enrolment gains traction

Official numbers suggest strong rise in pension take-up as auto-enrolment gains traction

Membership of occupational pensions schemes soared to 8.3m in 2013, the highest level since 1953, reversing an almost continuous decline between 1967 and 2012 accordng to official numbers. The Office [...]

Two “highly competitive” savings deals hit the streets

Two “highly competitive” savings deals hit the streets

Challenger banks Aldermore and Julian Hodge are hoping to pull more customers away from the old guard with the launch of two new savings vehicles. Aldermore has increased its three-year [...]

E.ON launches cheapest energy deal on the market as ‘big six’ rise to the challenge of the smaller firms

E.ON Energy has launched the cheapest energy deal on the market, marking the first time a big six supplier has topped the best buy tables this year. Tom Lyon, energy [...]

Expert view: European Banking Authority’s stress test results

Justin Bisseker, European Banks Analyst at Schroders, comments on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Asset Quality Review (AQR) and stress test results and the implications for Europe’s banking sector… The weekend has seen [...]

The average working Briton enjoys some £500 a month in spare cash says Lloyds

Despite many people still feeling the pinch of austerity, research from Lloyds Bank claims that many in full time employment are still accumulating spare cash each month. After paying bills [...]

Is the bull market in shares now under threat?

Keith Wade, chief economist and strategist at Schroders, gives his views on equities in the current economic environment… Equity markets have experienced a setback recently and this has led many strategists to [...]

Annuities: accept no substitutes?

In light of the upcoming pension system overhaul, Ian Sayers director general at the Association of Investment Companies, looks at the annuity conundrum… If you order shopping from a supermarket [...]

Lloyds expected to axe 9,000 jobs over the coming three years as part of strategic review

Lloyds Banking Group is reportedly planning to axe some 9,000 jobs – around 10% of its entire workforce over the coming three years. According to BBC News, details of the [...]

Are bank stocks the new utilities?

The aftermath of the financial crisis has witnessed Britain’s banks evolve to become more like utilities, characterised by low growth and more consistent returns on capital, claims wealth manager Brewin [...]

Is gold starting to shine once again?

Martin Arnold, director of global FX & commodity strategist at ETF Securities comments on the upcoming Swiss Referendum explains how it could impact the gold price… Gold is recovering alongside [...]

Address inconsistencies cause chaos for borrowers

Addresses that are not listed on online forms are wreaking havoc for thousands of consumers who want to borrow money, but do not have an accurate credit report. A new [...]

Is small cap M&A about to take off asks AXA IM

Henry Lowson, manager of the AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies fund, outlines why he believes the stage is set for small caps to flourish below. M&A trickling down the market [...]

Burberry still a buy underpinned by Asian middle class says the Share Centre

The Share Centre says it backs Burberry as a buy despite some economic headwinds facing Europe. Investment research analyst Helal Miah says: “Burberry reported first half numbers which were in-line [...]

Yet another emerging market sell-off due to faltering US growth despite strong EM fundamentals

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses Emerging Markets asset prices and currencies, which have been buffeted by the shifting sentiments about the US, Europe and Japan, although, he [...]

Inmarsat tipped by the Share Centre

The Share Centre has picked Inmarsat as its share of the week. Investment research manager Sheridan Admans says that the global provider of mobile satellite communications services showed in its [...]

Fed begins to worry about the rest of the world

Keith Wade, chief economist at Schroders, comments on the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes released on Wednesday… The minutes of the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting took a [...]

The Share Centre suggests five UK stocks that should do well this winter

A leading stock broker has compiled a list of what it is calling its winter stock picks. Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, has compiled a list [...]

Pensioners are the UK’s savviest and ‘switchiest’ savers

New research commissioned by Gocompare.com Savings has found that when it comes to looking after their nest eggs, the UK’s over 65s are leading the pack. Researchers asked over 2,000 [...]

European Central Bank latest: Draghi disappoints

In its latest policy meeting the European Central Bank, as expected, kept interest rates unchanged but it announced operational details about its bonds purchase programmes. Azad Zangana, European economist at [...]

US bank stress tests to “lose importance” to investors…

Simon Laing, head of US equities at Invesco Perpetual, looks at how much benefit banks will get from rate rises and how much capital can be returned to shareholders… It’s [...]

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