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House price growth flat over June and now up a reduced 6.4% over 12 months

House price growth flat over June and now up a reduced 6.4% over 12 months

House prices in England and Wales have cooled off during the hot summer with numbers from the Land Registry showing no movement between May and June. This followed increases of [...]

Potential home buyers increasingly put-off by threat of rising interest rates and task of raising a deposit

Potential home buyers increasingly put-off by threat of rising interest rates and task of raising a deposit

Rising property prices, the threat of higher interest rates and the task of saving for a deposit are increasingly turning people off the idea of purchasing a home, says Halifax. [...]

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Barclays, ITV & AstraZeneca

Mindful Money’s weekly share watch: Barclays, ITV & AstraZeneca

With Barclays again in the spotlight, this time as a result of the lawsuit brought by the New York attorney general, shareholders will be keen to hear how the bank [...]

Mortgage borrowers: Beware high fees sweetened by low headline rates

Mortgage borrowers: Beware high fees sweetened by low headline rates

Mortgage borrowers are being warned against choosing a mortgage based on the ‘headline’ interest rate alone as the true cost of the lowest-rate deals maybe much more pricey than they [...]

UK plc profit warnings rocket to three-year high

UK plc profit warnings rocket to three-year high

Profit warnings among UK businesses have surged to a three-year high despite the wider economy gathering further pace Last week the first official estimate for economic growth for the three [...]

Financial watchdog warns investors about interest rate risk to corporate bonds

Financial watchdog warns investors about interest rate risk to corporate bonds

The City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority has issued a warning to investors about the risks of corporate bond funds. In a consumer update, the regulator outlined the risks facing [...]

Leeds is offering 4% on cash but you’ll have to lock in for a decade

Leeds is offering 4% on cash but you’ll have to lock in for a decade

Leeds Building Society has launched a market leading savings bond paying a 4% interest rate but there’s a catch: you have to lock in for 10 years. The mutual says [...]

NS&I doubles the chance of becoming a premium bond millionaire

NS&I doubles the chance of becoming a premium bond millionaire

National Savings & Investments (NS&I) will make two premium bond savers millionaires next month after putting an extra £1 million into the prize pot. The government-backed savings organisation has said [...]

Are banks now a buying opportunity for investors?‏

Chris Beauchamp, market commentator at IG Group, comments on the opportunities for investors in the banking sector… Since the financial crisis, banks have lagged behind the FTSE All-Share index, which [...]

The big hurdles investors face in the equity bull market

Keith Wade, chief economist at asset manager Schroders, comments on the macro hurdles that he believes could challenge the continuation of the bull market and warrant a slightly more cautious [...]

British men twice as likely to dodge the doctor as women

British men are almost twice as likely as women to avoid going to a doctor when experiencing a serious health symptom says new research from protection specialist LV=. The firm’s [...]

Can Twitter become a viable alternative to Facebook?

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, commented recently that, “Valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched—particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries.” Brenda Kelly, [...]

Your glasses may be stylish but is your eye test more important? The MM interview

The Mindful Money interview with Jeremy Chadwick, managing director, VSP Vision Care VSP Vision Care is a global firm specialising in providing eye care to employees as a workplace benefit. [...]

Households need to act swiftly or risk being hit with an energy bill rise of almost £200

Consumers on some fixed energy deals could see their bills rise by up to £188 a year unless they take swift action to move to a better deal. According to [...]

Britons turn away from big white weddings in favour of getting on the property ladder

More than a quarter, at 28%, of those aged between 18 and 34 would spend a £20,000 gift from their parents on a deposit for a house according to research [...]

Small caps firms embracing self-improvement to up their earnings

Henry Lowson, manager of the AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies fund looks at how smaller companies are building value through acquisitions and expanding their global footprint… Smaller companies with good [...]

Eurozone annual inflation remains stable at 0.5% in June

Following the European Central Bank’s recent actions to stave off a period of deflation and boost economic growth in the Eurozone, the cost of living stabilised in the troubled region during [...]

100 year old investment trusts – the 10 that have increased their dividends for at least 30 years

As the centenary of the Great War approaches, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has taken a look at the investment companies that have been around for a hundred years [...]

592,695 current account switches in 2014

There were 592,695 current account switches in 2014 in the year to the 30th June – a 16% year-on-year increase on the year before says the Payments Council. In addition, [...]

Bill Mott, veteran income fund manager, to retire

Bill Mott is to retire from fund management stepping down from the PSigma Income fund. The current co-manager, Eric Moore will become co-manager alongside Gervais Williams. Mott will retire from [...]

Eurozone looks set for more disappointing growth numbers

The sharp fall in eurozone industrial production in May suggests that the recovery in the sector is flagging before it has even really begun. According to Capital Economics, production dropped [...]

UK families unaware of tax breaks that could benefit children

UK families could be using simple tax breaks to save for their children in the future, but many parents are not aware of how they could be saving on tax, [...]

Impact of tougher mortgage lending rules “more subtle than dramatic”

The impact of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), which introduced stricter lending criteria appear to be “more subtle than dramatic” says an industry trade body. The MMR, which was launched [...]

This is an “unloved” rally. Expect a bumpy transition to a normal environment says JP Morgan’s Stephanie Flanders

The market rally in the first half of 2014 is “unloved” says Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist, UK and Europe at J.P. Morgan Asset Management because investors know the days of cheap [...]

Platinum and Palladium ETPs see largest inflows in the second quarter

Platinum and palladium were the commodity Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) with the strongest demand in the second quarter with inflows $400m and $410m of inflows respectively according to ETF Securities. [...]

The Share Centre maintains M&S as a buy despite mixed results

The Share Centre has recommended investors buy Marks & Spencer despite a mixed set of results which saw food sales rise but clothing and online sales fall. Sales at the website were down [...]

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