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Eurozone recovery stumbles further as business growth eases in August

Eurozone recovery stumbles further as business growth eases in August

Pressure is mounting on European policymakers to undertake new measures to reignite the Eurozone’s ailing economy as new numbers show business activity in the region fell back once again in [...]

Small British businesses set to create 1.9m new jobs

Small British businesses set to create 1.9m new jobs

With the UK’s economy getting back on track business confidence is on a roll as new research shows that small firms across Britain are looking to take on a raft [...]

Mortgage lending jumps to its highest level in six years

Mortgage lending jumps to its highest level in six years

Despite the recent arrival of tighter regulations on home loans gross mortgage lending jumped 7% in July taking it to its highest monthly level in almost six years. According to [...]

Labour pledges to give new regulator the powers to revoke energy firm licences

Labour pledges to give new regulator the powers to revoke energy firm licences

Labour has pledged to give a new regulator the powers to tear-up energy companies’ licenses if they are found to be not acting in the best interests of consumers. Caroline [...]

Britons’ household savings jump by 500% in the past 40 years

Britons’ household savings jump by 500% in the past 40 years

Despite the UK’s personal debt tally hitting £1.4 trillion the value of household savings in Britain has surged by more than 500% over the past four decades. According to research [...]

Mortgage borrowers in the South East and South West most concerned about future base rate rise

One third would struggle if mortgage payments increased by £100 a month

Mortgage borrowers in the South East and South West most concerned about future base rate rise

Around half (51%) of UK homeowners are unconcerned about a rate rise and the impact that it could have on their monthly mortgage repayments over the next 12 months. However [...]

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee splits seven to two on interest rate rise

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee splits seven to two on interest rate rise

Two out of nine members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates in August. This is the first split in the MPC for three [...]

Self employed at all time high of 4.6 million but average income falls 22 per cent since 2008

Self employed at all time high of 4.6 million but average income falls 22 per cent since 2008

Self-employment is at its highest level for 40 years with 4.6 million self-employed in the period April to June. More people (both self-employed and employees) continuing to work beyond the state [...]

Funny money: More than £1bn of loose change resting in coin jars countrywide

An estimated £1.3bn of loose change is sitting in coin jars across the country with the typical pot containing £40.80. The study from comparison site Gocompare found that 31.3m UK [...]

Brokers back UK house-builder Taylor Wimpey

Confidence is growing in Taylor Wimpey as analysts at The Share Centre upgrade their recommendation on the house-builder’s shares to a ‘buy’. While its stock is off by 10% over [...]

Does a ten year bund yield of 1% mean deflation?

Michael Krautzberger, Head of European Fixed Income at BlackRock, comments on German 10-year Bund yields crossing below 1% and provides some graphs for his analysis too.  German short-dated yields have been low for several [...]

UK households still pessimistic about their finances

The UK’s Markit Household Finance Index rose fractionally to 42.2 in August, up from 42.0 in July but still well below the neutral 50.0 value says Markit, indicating pessimism. Negative [...]

BHP Billiton – shares not capital on offer from demerger – but The Share Centre still says ‘Buy’

Mining giant BHP Billiton plans to spin-off some of its assets into a new (£8.4bn) metals and mining company specialising in aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, and silver. BHP Billiton will [...]

Hargreaves Lansdown offers low cost income drawdown ‘retirement bridge’ to investors who have delayed annuity decision

Hargreaves Lansdown is offering a low cost drawdown plan which it terms a ‘retirement bridge’ with a minimum fee of £75+VAT. It says this will allow investors to draw their [...]

European real estate could return 7% a year but deflation remains a threat

Aviva Investors is forecasting that the European ex-UK real estate market could return up to 8.2% a year over the 2014-2016 period and 7% per annum over the longer term [...]

Guest blog – why the financial watchdog should not have banned Cocos from the retail market

Cormac Hollingsworth, research associate at thinktank the Social Market Foundation makes the case for why the financial watchdog should not have banned bank bonds known as Cocos from the the [...]

Eurozone should bounce back says Schroders’ Zangana

The Eurozone should bounce back from disappointing economic numbers says Schroders European economist Azad Zangana. In a note issued today, he writes: “Within the eurozone, Germany surprised most by posting growth [...]

Four million workers now in workplace pensions under new auto-enrolment system

Four million workers have now been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension according to the Pension Regulator. The regulator’s monthly declaration of compliance report shows that more than 21,000 employers [...]

Glencore still attractive for medium risk investors says The Share Centre

Glencore remains attractive for investors willing to accept a medium level of risk says The Share Centre. The broker says Glencore’s mixed production report is similar to the first quarter [...]

Bond funds a ‘hold’ not a ‘sell’ warns broker

Brewin Dolphin’s head of fund research Ben Gutteridge explains why investors should not sell their fixed income holdings in haste… The chorus of Western policy makers calling for tighter monetary [...]

Emerging market recovery: Are we nearly there yet?

Craig Botham, emerging market economist at Schroders, gives his view on the emerging market export recovery… The emerging market (EM) export recovery is seemingly always on the horizon, but never [...]

Investors – “Keep Calm and Carry On” when interest rates rise

In response to the Bank of England Governor’s comment last week that “the economy has edged closer to the point at which the Bank Rate will gradually need to rise” [...]

Expert views on Bank’s rate hold decision

Mindful Money looks at the expert views about interest rates in light of the Bank of England’s decision to maintain the base rate at 0.5%. Could there be a split [...]

The Share Centre tips three AIM stocks – Breedon Aggregates, Anpario and Amerisur Resources

The Share Centre has tipped three AIM shares to coincide with the anniversary of the shares being allowed to be held within an Isa. The three firms are Breedon Aggregates, [...]

Italy suffering triple dip

Italy has slipped back into a recession for the third time since 2007 with the economy contracting by 0.2% in the second quarter following on from a 0.1% fall in [...]

UK All Companies sector boasts most consistent fund performers in the last three years

The UK All Companies sector is the most consistent sector for top quartile performance over the last three years, according to the F&C FundWatch survey. The survey compiled by F&C’s [...]

Energy consumers warned to switch before five fixed price deals come to an end on August 31st

On Sunday 31 August five fixed energy deals will expire, at which point consumers who have not shopped around and switched to a better deal will be automatically rolled onto [...]

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