Savings rates look to be on the rise at last

16 January 2017

insight

Rates on savings accounts are on the rise with 33% of all new launches seeing a rate rise rather than a rate cut, according to research from Savings Champion. The trend reverses what has been seen in recent years and means savers who have been struggling to get better rates on their savings are at […]

Read More...

Huge rise in lowest paid men working part time says IFS

13 January 2017

insight

One in five men aged 25 to 55 with low hourly wages are now working part time a huge rise on the one in twenty in a similar position two decades ago research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows. The think tank says this is the result of a steady trend – not just […]

Read More...

Three bond market trades for an uncertain 2017

13 January 2017

insight

Navigating the uncertain geopolitical and economic landscape in 2017 will require a search for relative rather than absolute value, says John McNeill, co-manager of the Kames Absolute Return Bond Global Fund. In a low-yield environment in which absolute value is scarce and “passive exposure to fixed income makes no sense”, McNeill says investors seeking an […]

Read More...

UK business start ups fall by nearly a fifth in last five years. Orkney Islands among places to defy the trend with 42% increase

11 January 2017

insight

Start-up numbers have fallen significantly in the last five years according to Lloyds Bank analysis. The findings reveal that 19% fewer new businesses were started up in the UK in November 2016 compared to November 2011. Regionally, the data from BankSearch shows that Wales has seen the largest decline in new start-ups falling by over […]

Read More...

We are unlikely to see a market meltdown this year says Kames Capital

9 January 2017

insight

Markets around the globe are not likely to descend into meltdown this year, with prospects for economic growth actually looking brighter than they have for some time, Kames Capital’s chief investment officer Stephen Jones says. Jones, who oversees £51.3bn of assets under management in his role as CIO, said while there have been elevated concerns […]

Read More...

Average rent outside London hits £750 a month

9 January 2017

insight

The average rent paid for a residential property in the UK outside London hit £750 a month in December, rising by 2.04% over 2016, according to the latest Landbay. Rental payments now account for over half (53%) of the average take-home pay of £1425 for people living outside the capital. London rents dipped to £1,882 […]

Read More...

Expert Opinion: The best of times or the worst of times?

6 January 2017 by Chris Iggo

insight

Economic momentum is improving. It is supporting risk assets and delivering good returns to investors. Can it last? It can if the Federal Reserve (Fed) does not need to raise rates too quickly, if the new US Administration can deliver on tax cuts, if corporate animal spirits are revived and if Trump shuts down his […]

Read More...

Expert Opinion: Productivity and the poverty premium

6 January 2017 by Steve Herbert

insight

As we enter 2017 it is becoming increasingly apparent to all that the likely future trading relationships of the UK are still very much a work in progress.  No one truly knows what lies ahead for the country, yet this lack of detail should not deter employers from taking action to ensure that each and […]

Read More...

UK income seekers warned of slim pickings in the UK in 2017

5 January 2017

insight

UK-based investors looking to generate attractive incomes will need to broaden their horizons in 2017, with the outlook for domestic investments limited, according to Kames Capital’s Vincent McEntegart. McEntegart, manager of the Kames Diversified Monthly Income Fund, said the prospects for UK–focused income-seekers were constrained by political and monetary headwinds, with better opportunities elsewhere. “It […]

Read More...

The political events for investors to watch in 2017

4 January 2017

News

With more political uncertainty to come this year, Rowan Dartington’s technical investment director Guy Stephens ponders on whether equities will continue climbing the wall of worry or not As the markets tentatively venture into 2017, there are the usual plethora of outlook commentaries all basically saying the same thing that they were saying towards the […]

Read More...