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The big bank backlash has begun! Savers switching to smaller banks

The big bank backlash has begun! Savers switching to smaller banks

Britons are shunning the ‘Big Four’ banks and switching to smaller banks, according to new figures from The Payments Council. The council, which operates and oversees the seven-day switching guarantee [...]

Weak US jobs data disappoints markets and reins in dollar

Weak US jobs data disappoints markets and reins in dollar

Weaker than expected US jobs data put the reins on the dollar but provided some confidence that interest rates would remain low for a while longer. While figures from the [...]

Bank fines: where does the money go?

Bank fines: where does the money go?

Lloyds is the latest in a long line of banks to be fined as it was forced to cough up over £200 million for its part in the rate-rigging scandal [...]

Broadband customers ‘held captive’ by poor service and high cancellation fees

Broadband customers ‘held captive’ by poor service and high cancellation fees

Broadband users suffering with poor service are being punished with sneaky charges for trying to cancel and providers are even passing fees on to debt collectors. Citizens’ Advice Bureau said [...]

Scrap pensions in favour of cradle-to-grave ‘lifetime ISA’, says think-tank

Scrap pensions in favour of cradle-to-grave ‘lifetime ISA’, says think-tank

The government has been urged to scrap pensions and put in place a ‘lifetime ISA’ that follows a person from cradle to grave. A new report from the think-tank Centre [...]

Emerging markets make a return to top of the outperformance tables

Emerging markets make a return to top of the outperformance tables

After a tumultuous 2013, emerging market have bounced back this year to provide outperformance for investors. Six out of the top 10 performing funds are invested in emerging market economies, [...]

Stamp duty and inheritance tax: how your house is costing you more

Stamp duty and inheritance tax: how your house is costing you more

Rising house prices are not just pushing up household debt burdens but also the amount of tax due to the exchequer. New figures from estate agent Savills shows the number [...]

Watchdog finds “best execution” less than best

Watchdog finds “best execution” less than best

Investors risk losing out on transactions because those carrying them out on their behalf often flout rules designed to protect clients. A new paper from the Financial Conduct Authority concludes [...]

Crowdfunded convertible loans now an option for the retail investor

Financial firms are now able to apply crowd-funding techniques to convertible loans opening up a source of new source of potential returns to retail investors. These have  generally only been [...]

Best sellers in the first month of the NISA

Hargreaves Lansdown has listed the most popular shares, active and passive funds invested in the New Isa since it launched a month ago. The CF Woodford Equity Income topped the [...]

Free direct investment guide aims to get to the heart of what matters for investors

An investment platform consultancy, the Lang Cat, has launched a free-to-download direct investment guide. “Come and have a go: a direct approach to platform investing” is a must-read for all investors, from [...]

The Share Centre rates ITV a buy

ITV has been recommended as a ‘buy’ by the Share Centre as the television company reported a rise in half year profits of 11% to £322m. Graham Spooner, investment research [...]

Guest blog – planning your retirement like packing for your holiday

Duncan Robertson, director of pricing at Aegon, gives his view on how to make sure you are ready for retirement just like you pack for your holiday. I love holidays.  [...]

Saudi Arabia – undervalued and underowned until now?

Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore discusses the investment opportunities presented by the under-valued, under-owned and, until now, under the radar Saudi Arabia equity markets along with the situation [...]

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, [...]

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