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US Federal Reserve suggests interest rate rise in March is unlikely

11 February 2016

The US Federal Reserve has downplayed the possibility of another interest rate hike in March in the wake of the recent market turmoil. On Wednesday, 10 February, Fed chair Janet [...]

“Currency markets display extremes of risk aversion”

11 February 2016

Abi Oladimeji, head of investment strategy at Thomas Miller Investment, comments on currency moves as global growth remains moribund… In recent weeks, financial markets have been in the grip of [...]

Low interest rates could be here “indefinitely,” warns former regulator

10 February 2016

The former boss of the City watchdog Adair Turner has warned that the UK economy could be stuck with low interest rates “almost indefinitely”. In an interview with the BBC, [...]

Bad news for half-term holidaymakers as pound falls to one-year low against the euro

9 February 2016

Sterling hit a new one-year low today at 1.27 pounds to the euro dealing a blow to the spending power of holidaymakers travelling to Europe this coming half term. The [...]

India’s economy growing at a rate of 7.3% but numbers “overstate strength of economy”

8 February 2016

India’s economy grew by 7.3% on an annual basis between October and December, faster than most had anticipated. In addition, there were also sizeable upward revisions to estimates of growth [...]

Expert comment: “Time to hit the panic button?”

8 February 2016

On the day that the Chinese New Year begins, Schroders’ chief economist Keith Wade, comments on the risks facing the global economy, recognising that the biggest ‘known unknown’ for the global [...]

George Osborne’s budget surplus goal – “a precarious balancing act”

8 February 2016

The Chancellor’s “inflexible” budget surplus goal may result in sudden tax hikes or spending cuts, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned. The IFS said that George’s Osborne’s target [...]

Government pushing the North as the UK’s next financial services hotspot

8 February 2016

Northern Powerhouse minister, James Wharton is calling on international financial services companies to “tap in to the wealth” of the North of England. Speaking after attending an event in Leeds, [...]

“Good quality defensive firms offer opportunities for positive returns”

8 February 2016

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range explains why there is still quality to be found in defensive stocks… It has been a difficult start to 2016 with most [...]

Oil price falls have boosted wages and economy, says Bank

5 February 2016

Falling oil prices has been good for the economy as people’s money stretches further than it did.   Ben Broadbent, deputy governor of the Bank of England, told the BBC [...]

“Bank of England still expects interest rate rises … just not yet”

4 February 2016

Schroders senior European economist, Azad Zangana, comments on this weeks Bank of England (BoE) interest rate decision and Inflation Report… The Bank of England announced on Thursday that it was [...]

Investing in China in the Year of the Monkey: Investors need to be nimble and smart

4 February 2016

William Fong, lead manager of Baring China Select and China Growth funds explains why he believes investors will need to be smart as well as nimble if they are going to beat [...]

Bank of England holds interest rates at 0.5% and cuts its economic growth forecast

4 February 2016

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has once again voted in favour of keeping interest rates at their historic low of 0.5% for another month. But against recent [...]

Expert comment: “Communication helps to provide stability”

4 February 2016

Dominic Rossi, global CIO of equities at fund manager Fidelity International looks at the recent market volatility and the role central banks need to play… The world economy is bearing [...]

“Japan steps up the currency war”

1 February 2016

Keith Wade, chief economist at Schroders, comments on the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce a negative interest rate policy… In a surprise move the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has [...]

Expert opinion: what Japan’s negative rates mean for investors

29 January 2016

The Japanese central bank has shocked the market but moving interest rates into negative territory and experts fear where it could lead.   Here the experts give their verdict on [...]

Consumers more confident about house prices than economy

29 January 2016

Confidence in the economy may be cooling but Britons are still positive about the housing market.   The latest quarterly Halifax housing market confidence tracker shows despite steadily falling since [...]

Bank of Japan shocks with move to negative interest rates

29 January 2016

The Bank of Japan has made the shock move into negative interest rates territory in a bid to get its banks lending.   The benchmark rate is now -0.1% which [...]

City regulators to investigate former HBOS senior managers

28 January 2016

City watchdogs the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) are to commence investigations into certain former HBOS senior managers. The decisions follows a report by Andrew [...]

UK GDP figures: “Bank of England still on course to raise rates this year”

28 January 2016

Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what the latest GDP figures mean for investors… The Office for National Statistics said on Thursday that the UK economy [...]

UK economic growth slowed to 2.2% last year – significantly down on 2014′s 2.9%

28 January 2016

The British economy expanded by 0.5% in the final three months of 2015, bringing the annual growth rate to 2.2%, the slowest for three years according to official figures released [...]

Expert comment: “Nervous markets call for a calm approach”

28 January 2016

The first three weeks of 2016 have been a difficult time in global stock markets, but in reality little has changed except perception. John Chatfeild-Roberts, head of strategy, Jupiter Independent [...]

US Federal Reserve sounds a note of caution keeps interest rates on hold

28 January 2016

As widely expected and given the volatility engulfing markets since the start of the year, the US central bank is keeping its key interest rates on hold for the time [...]

Oil rout prompts expat workers to return home, financial adviser warns

27 January 2016

The continuing saga surrounding oil prices is fuelling demand for financial advice from high net worth expats returning to Britain, says Mike Coady, managing director of deVere UK… Since mid-2015 [...]

“Oil glut will drown out the rhetoric”

26 January 2016

The reality of oil supply overwhelms political rhetoric from Draghi and Saudi, says Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens… When investing, it is essential to look forward at least six months [...]

Treasury appoints Andrew Bailey as new boss of FCA

26 January 2016

The Treasury has appointed a new chief executive of City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority: Andrew Bailey. Bailey is currently the deputy governor for Prudential Regulation at the Bank of [...]

“Widespread pessimism on China is misplaced”

25 January 2016

David Raper, manager of the Comgest Growth Greater China fund believes the negatively over the country has been overdone, he explains why… The consensus view on China is resolutely negative, [...]

Don’t panic! Why investors should sit tight right now

22 January 2016

Investors spooked by stockmarket turmoil should hold tight as the rest of the year is predicted to be better.   Charles Stanley chief executive Paul Abberley said investors shouldn’t be [...]

FTSE 100 lifts off lows as ECB drops QE hint

22 January 2016

A nod towards further quantitative easing (QE) by the European Central Bank (ECB) has seen the FTSE 100 gain some traction this morning.   ECB president Mario Draghi has hinted [...]

European Central Bank sits tight but further interest rate cuts a possibility

21 January 2016

The European Central Bank sat tight on Thursday at its January policy meeting and kept interest rates on hold. In the face of near zero inflation, ECB president Mario Draghi [...]

UK officially enters a bear market as global equities fall

20 January 2016

The UK has officially entered a bear market as the FTSE 100 has fallen by more than 20% since its April high. The sell-off comes on the back of the [...]

Employment rate reaches new high, but wage growth slows

20 January 2016

The employment rate was at its highest level since records began in 1971, official figures show. Office for National Statistics data for September to November 2015, 74% of people aged [...]

“Now is not the time to raise interest rates,” says Bank governor

19 January 2016

The Bank of England governor has ended speculation over the possibility of an imminent interest rate rise, stating “now is not the time”. Speaking at Queen Mary University of London [...]

Inflation reaches 11-month high in December at 0.2%

19 January 2016

UK inflation reached an 11-month high of 0.2% in December, but as it remains so close to zero analysts say there is little pressure on the Bank of England to [...]

More than 1,000 jobs to go at Tata Steel plants as “cheap imports” flood the UK

18 January 2016

Tata Steel UK has today announced cost-saving proposals which will mean the loss of 1,050 jobs. The firm said on Monday that the vast majority, at 750 of these roles, [...]

Wealthiest 62 people in the world own as much as the poorest half of the global population

18 January 2016

Runaway inequality has created a situation where today a mere 62 people own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population, claims a damning new report from Oxfam. [...]

“Currency wars aren’t over yet…”

18 January 2016

Colin McLean, managing director at SVM Asset Management asserts that while currency wars may have fallen out of the headlines, he believes 2016 may bring renewed volatility, he explains why… [...]

Labour would target dividends if companies refuse to pay a decent wage, Jeremy Corbyn warns

18 January 2016

A Labour government could stop corporations from sharing their profits with shareholders if they fail to pay employees the living wage. BBS News reports that in a speech, Labour leader [...]

Stockmarket turbulence: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t worry

15 January 2016

Investors may be concerned about the temperamental stockmarkets but they should as a poor start for equities has been driven by fear not fact.   Edward Smith, asset allocation strategist [...]

Will there be an interest rate rise in the UK at all in 2016?

14 January 2016

David Page, senior economist at AXA Investment Managers comments on the Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting this week and concludes that November 2016 is now the [...]

Bank of England sits tight and holds interest rates at 0.5%

14 January 2016

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has voted eight to one in favour of keeping interest rates at their historic low of 0.5%. Once again Ian McCafferty, was [...]

Are investors’ fears over China overblown?

13 January 2016

China’s equity and currency markets have has a bad start to the year with a knock-on impact on global markets, but should investors be quite so concerned about China? Craig Botham, [...]

What sterling’s fall against the euro means for UK imports

13 January 2016

Andy Scott, economist at HiFX looks at the implications of the recent fall of sterling against the euro for UK imports… The sharp fall in the value of the Pound [...]

Star fund manager Mark Mobius on “China’s conundrum”

11 January 2016

Veteran investor, Dr Mark Mobius of Templeton Emerging Markets Group takes a detailed look at China’s current conundrum… New-year celebrations in the Western world gave way to concerns about China [...]

Expert comment: “2016 has got off to an ugly start”

11 January 2016

Mark Dowding, partner & co-head of investment grade debt at BlueBay Asset Management gives his latest view on the markets… Renewed fears with respect to financial stability in China have [...]

US employment figures a tonic for tumultuous markets

8 January 2016

The latest employment figures from the US will calm the nerves of investors concerned about China.   The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a surge in the number of [...]

Why volatility in Chinese markets is a buying opportunity

8 January 2016

The tumultuous nature of China’s stockmarket may be scaring investors but it is also providing some important buying opportunities.   Nigel Green, chief executive of deVere Group, said investors need [...]

Reasons why investors should stay positive in 2016

7 January 2016

Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens highlights why investors should not be too pessimistic this year despite the turmoil in China… Happy New Year from the markets…not! Sound bites looking forward [...]

George Osborne: The UK economy faces a “dangerous cocktail” of threats

7 January 2016

Following George Osborne’s upbeat Autumn Statement when he declared that the UK was “growing fast”, the Chancellor is now expected to significantly temper his positivity later today. In a speech [...]

Expert comment: “China market slump – it ain’t over yet”

7 January 2016

Jason Hollands, 
managing director
 at Tilney Bestinvest examines the market volatility engulfing China For the second time this week we’ve seen another sharp, circa 7% decline, in Chinese domestic stock [...]

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