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City watchdog introduces new protection for consumers ahead of pension freedoms

City watchdog introduces new protection for consumers ahead of pension freedoms

The City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has called on the UK’s pension providers to outline their plans to introduce additional protection for those accessing their defined contribution (DC) [...]

New research highlights surge in pension scams since the announcement on new retirement freedoms

New research highlights surge in pension scams since the announcement on new retirement freedoms

Since last year’s Budget announcement on pension reform there has been a three-fold rise in retirement related scams. According to research carried out by closed life funds firm Phoenix Group, today [...]

UK economy bolstered by record spending from overseas tourists in 2014

UK economy bolstered by record spending from overseas tourists in 2014

Analysis from national tourism agency VisitBritain shows that more international tourists are travelling across the UK than ever before with spending hitting new record. The new figures from the Office [...]

The top 10 investment pitfalls to avoid in 2015’s ISA season

The top 10 investment pitfalls to avoid in 2015’s ISA season

Investing does not need to be complicated. Follow a simple set of rules and avoid the pitfalls and even the most inexperienced investor can become successful. Adrian Lowcock, head of [...]

Energy supplier SSE cutting gas bills by a ‘meagre 4.1%’

Energy supplier SSE cutting gas bills by a ‘meagre 4.1%’

Energy supplier, SSE has today announced it is cutting its standard gas prices, reducing its tariff by 4.1% from 30 April. The cost-cutting exercise however, only adds up to an [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BT Group, Royal Dutch Shell & Diageo

Mindful Money’s weekly shares watch: BT Group, Royal Dutch Shell & Diageo

Given the 60% collapse in the price of oil since June investors will be keen to hear how business at Royal Dutch Shell has fared in recent months when it [...]

Dividend payouts from UK plc worse than expected during 2014

Dividend payouts from UK plc worse than expected during 2014

UK plc collectively paid out a headline £97.4bn in dividends to shareholders in 2014, 21% higher than 2013. But take away Vodafone’s bumper payout and underlying growth was far less [...]

Three quarters of Britons are planning to cut back and save this year

Three quarters of Britons are planning to cut back and save this year

Three quarters of UK adults are planning to adapt their lifestyle this year to help them save for the long-term.   A survey by insurer Standard Life shows 76% of [...]

Greek elections: What to expect now – expert reactions…

Syriza has obtained a strong victory in the Greek elections gaining more than 36% of votes – we highlight the expert reactions below… Paras Anand, head of European equities at [...]

Has the ECB done the right thing with QE?

Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment looks into on European Central Banks QE plan… As the details of the ECB’s quantitative easing plan are brought into [...]

Where next for biotechnology stocks?

Martin Wales, equity analyst at M&G Investments examines the outlook for the biotech sector… The global biotech market is expected to grow 54% between 2012 and 2017. Biotechnology shares were [...]

Why Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone are a ‘buy’ for The Share Centre

The Share Centre has added Infinis Energy and Dixons Carphone to its ‘buy’ list. The broker said that at Infinis Energy, a fall in share price and an a dividend [...]

MPC now voting nine to nil in favour of keeping base rate at 0.5%

The two dissenting voices on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee have now come back into line with the rest of committee and no longer want to see a [...]

Nationwide launches lowest ten-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.84%

Nationwide Building Society is launching the lowest ten-year fixed rate mortgage on the market at 2.84% tomorrow. The deal, fixed until 2025, is available to borrowers with a 40% deposit [...]

Citizens Advice reveal locations for free pensions guidance

Citizens Advice has announced the first 44 bureaux in England and Wales which will be offering  face-to-face Pension Wise guidance sessions under a Government-backed initiative. Each delivery centre will have [...]

Strong dollar and weak oil price likely to boost Europe’s corporate profits

The strong rise in the US dollar and the fall in the oil price are likely to provide a boost to corporate profits in Europe and Japan this year asserts [...]

Climate change – an investment play for today?

It is often said that climate and carbon themes are not financially material risk factors in the short to medium term writes Axa Investment Management’s Luisa Florez… As an illustration, [...]

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 [...]

One in six suffer their financial woes in silence

One in six people have kept secrets from their loved ones by hiding or lying about rent or mortgage troubles. Struggling individuals will go to great lengths to hide their [...]

Burberry is a ‘buy’ says The Share Centre

Fashion house Burberry  has been branded a ‘buy’ by The Share Centre,  as sales at the group rose by 15% to £604m in the third quarter. The business, which features [...]

A third of 18-24 year olds have taken on a second job to make ends meet

A third of 18 to 24-year-olds have been forced to take on a second job, in order to make ends meet claims new research from budgeting account provider thinkmoney.co.uk. But [...]

12% of over-40s say they could manage on the State Pension alone

Given the significant amount of Britons saving nowhere near enough for retirement, some 12% of over-40s assert that they would be able survive solely on the State Pension if it [...]

Ticket operator Trainline.com gears up for IPO

The UK’s biggest train ticket retailer Trainline.com has announced its intention to float. The operator’s private equity owners Exponent, hired Morgan Stanley last July to oversee a potential £400m float, according [...]

Financial stress for UK households eases back for the first time in three years

Financial worries among UK adults have decreased for the first time in three years, claims new research from MoneySuperMarket. The comparison site’s analysis found that today some 15.6 million people, [...]

Euro plummets to nine-year low against the US dollar as ECB suggests QE is on the way

The euro has collapsed to a nine-year low against the US dollar as investors anticipate the European Central Bank (ECB) may take further action to prop up the region’s embattled [...]

How to get rid of the festive hangover and put your finances on the right track in 2015

If you’re suffering a financial hangover after the festive period, make sure you follow these steps in order to get back on track.   According to credit checkers Experian, 35% [...]

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