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Beware Europe-based financial advisers ‘passporting’ into the UK but operating to much lower standards on charges and disclosure

Advice firm AES International warns that firms can still appear on the website of the financial watchdog but not be fully regulated

Beware Europe-based financial advisers ‘passporting’ into the UK but operating to much lower standards on charges and disclosure

More needs to be done to protect UK citizens from European financial advisory firms which use freedom of services laws within the EU to dodge UK consumer protection rules according [...]

UK growth of 0.7% in second quarter back to level ‘typical’ of last two years

UK growth of 0.7% in second quarter back to level ‘typical’ of last two years

Britain’s economic growth reached 0.7% in the second quarter according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. Growth in the first quarter was a disappointing 0.4% down [...]

Metal madness – why I’m a gold sceptic

7IM's Ben Kumar is not attracted by the glitter of gold

Metal madness – why I’m a gold sceptic

7IM’s investment manager Ben Kumar is far from enamoured of gold as an investment. Have you ever considered investing in Antimony, Cadmium or Zirconium? Could you identify which was which [...]

Under 25s relying heavily on credit to cover housing costs

Under 25s relying heavily on credit to cover housing costs

Young adults are most likely to be relying on credit cards and loans to make ends meet as they struggle with housing costs claims the Debt Advisory Centre. A study by the [...]

Payday lender Cash Genie to provide £20m in redress to more than 92,000 customers

Payday lender Cash Genie to provide £20m in redress to more than 92,000 customers

Payday lender Cash Genie is facing stumping up a massive £20m compensation bill after hitting borrowers with a £50 transfer fee to the group’s debt collection arm. The City watchdog [...]

A missed phone payment could cost you your dream home

A missed phone payment could cost you your dream home

Missed or late payments on your mobile phone could cost you your dream home, as lenders comb bank statements to carry out strict affordability checks. Research by loan, mortgage and [...]

Four funds for courageous commodity contrarians

Four funds for courageous commodity contrarians

There are plenty of stock market adages to suit the current commodities rout. “Be greedy when others are fearful” is Warren Buffett’s famous advice. “Buy when there’s blood in the [...]

Investors urged to “China-proof” their investment portfolios as shares crash

Investors urged to “China-proof” their investment portfolios as shares crash

Stocks in mainland China recorded their sharpest one-day fall since 2007 on Monday, as the Shanghai Composite crashed by 8.5%. The fall was driven primarily by weak economic data which [...]

BlackRock slashes charges on five tracker funds including FTSE 100 and FTSE All Share funds

BlackRock has halved charges on some of its biggest index tracking funds covering the UK, US and European markets. The fund group has cut the charges on its giant £8.7 [...]

ITV a buy for medium risk investors though future growth may be more ‘conservative’

ITV continued to rebalance its business successfully with the broadcaster saying it was on track for another strong performance this year as net profits rose to £275m in the six [...]

Some £1.2bn paid out by Britons in overdraft charges during the past year

Some 33% of Britons faced charges from their bank for going overdrawn or bouncing scheduled payments over the past year. With the average charge being £73, this equates to £1.2bn [...]

Shares in British engineering solutions provider Costain are a ‘buy’

Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks Costain as share of the week… British engineering solutions provider Costain is a top choice for investors seeking a long [...]

“Chinese contradictions and Western hypocrisy”

Anthony Rayner, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, compares Chinese and Western responses to crises in equity markets…  The Chinese equity market started to rally last year, in anticipation of [...]

Investors respond positively to improvement in Kingfisher trading

As Kingfisher provides a trading update Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher reported a [...]

Five tips to help avoid being overcharged by your bank

Overdrafts can give you a handy financial cushion, and it is possible to use them safely – but slipping into an unauthorised overdraft can leave you with fees you may [...]

Greece: Victory for Tsipras? Think again

Bill McQuaker, co-head of Henderson’s multi-asset team, provides his views on the proposed third bailout deal for Greece… The price is high and there are still legislative hurdles to overcome, [...]

ARM Holdings is a ‘hold’ for Share Centre

As ARM Holdings reports this morning, Graham Spooner investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… This morning, the Cambridge based computer chip designer, Arm Holdings, reported [...]

How have US banks fared during results reporting season?

With the majority of the US money-center banks having reported for their second quarter results, Filippo Alloatti, senior analyst at Hermes Credit, shares his initial thoughts on the numbers… In [...]

Money worries a greater burden than health concerns for pre-retirees

Almost half at 49% of the over 50s are worried about not having enough money in retirement, compared to just over a third, at 37%, who are concerned about health [...]

“The problem with pensions being somebody else’s problem”

Winston Churchill once said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.” The great man was – and is – correct in [...]

What is driving China’s extreme volatility?

After rallying around 150% since the middle of 2014, mainland China’s ‘A Share’ market has corrected almost 35% since mid-June. Douglas Turnbull, head of Chinese equities at fund house Neptune [...]

“Greek politicians vote overwhelmingly to approve tough austerity measures but big hurdles remain”

Financial markets and the euro will move higher on news that Greece has a reasonable chance of staying within the eurozone but the Greek saga isn’t over yet, risks remain [...]

One in five returning to work after reaching state pension age

Some 21%, or more than one in five pensioners, have gone back to work since they reached the State Pension age, or are planning to do so in the future, [...]

Burberry still a ‘buy’ for Share Centre, despite sales drop

As Burberry reports this morning, Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors… Global brands group Burberry’s first quarter trading update reported a fall in [...]

Has your financial adviser suggested using a discretionary fund manager? Five questions you should ask

You’re in the process of seeking advice and just have been told by your adviser that you could benefit from the services of a discretionary fund manager –do you know [...]

The Battle of the Challenger Banks

Challenger Banks lead the way offering 90% of the available fixed rates says Savings Champion in this sponsored editorial Amidst the backdrop of record low base rate and falling savings [...]

The Wellesley Mini-Bond offers up to 7% gross interest per annum

For people seeking alternative investment options, Wellesley Finance Plc is offering a great opportunity to invest in its Mini-Bond. The Wellesley Mini-Bond offers up to 7% (gross) interest per annum on [...]

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 [...]

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