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Half of British firms are planning to expand their workforce in 2015 claims new report

22 December 2014

Half of British firms are set to expand their workforce in 2015, and permanent jobs are likely to outstrip temporary work a new report has claimed. The survey conducted by [...]

Russia will not default nor impose capital controls says Ashmore’s Jan Dehn

22 December 2014

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore discusses why both sentiment towards Russia and prices of Russian assets have moved out of line with fundamentals, which is creating significant value [...]

The year of cheer – consumer confidence surges in 2014

22 December 2014

Consumer confidence has rocketed in the run up to the festive season according to the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report. The bank claimed the survey’s score jumped to its [...]

Bank of England MPC member expects bigger salaries for Britons to arrive in 2015

22 December 2014

A senior Bank Of England official expects that larger pay rises will be offered to workers in 2015. Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 5 Live’s Wake up to Money programme, [...]

Bank currency rigging fines help reduce UK borrowing

19 December 2014

Fines imposed on some of Britain’s biggest banks for rigging foreign exchange rates have helped wipe 10% off UK borrowing figures over the past year.   Banks were fined £1.1 [...]

City regulator to punish wrongdoers more harshly under new plans

19 December 2014

The City watchdog will be forced to come down harder on financial companies that flout its rules.   The government is planning to overhaul the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enforcement [...]

Planning a holiday? Find out which currencies are best value for Brits

19 December 2014

Before planning your holiday next year, it’s worth having a look at the countries where your pound will buy you more.   Thanks to Britain’s strong economy it has outperformed [...]

Iceland repays UK another £1.36bn to cover Icesave bail out

19 December 2014

The government has recouped a further payment of £1.36 billion from Iceland to pay for the cost of bailing out Icesave bank after its collapse.   Icesave, which is owned [...]

Gross mortgage lending growth comes to a standstill

18 December 2014

Gross mortgage lending fell a steep 9% month-on-month during November, flattening the annual growth rate as activity dropped back. According to figures from trade body, the Council of Council of [...]

House price premium in National Parks now at a hefty 21%

18 December 2014

The premium home buyers face for purchasing a property within a National Park has jumped from 18% to 21% new research from Nationwide has claimed. At present there are around [...]

Extraordinary times…winners and losers in the oil game

18 December 2014

Mark Burgess, chief investment officer at Threadneedle Investments analyses the extraordinary backdrop investors are presently facing and what it means going forward in 2015… We are living and investing in [...]

Britain is swiftly becoming of a nation of ‘pre-tirees’ claims new report

18 December 2014

Changes in life expectancy, individual economic circumstances and government legislation have caused a seismic shift in the way people now retire in the UK a new report has concluded. The [...]

What does 2015 hold for the world’s developed markets?

17 December 2014

Investment Quorum’s chief executive Lee Robertson looks at the challenges facing investors next year. Clearly we experienced an extremely mixed year with the first three months being plagued by geo-political [...]

Inflation falls to 12-year low of 1% as petrol and food prices drop

16 December 2014

Inflation has fallen to a 12-year low of just 1% in November, official statistics reveal. The Consumer Prices Index inflation measure fell from 1.3% in October, according to the Office [...]

Co-op fails Bank of England stress test

16 December 2014

The Co-operative Bank has failed a Bank of England “stress test” designed to gauge lenders’ ability to survive another financial crisis. Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland were [...]

Home buyer confidence steps up as the outlook for house prices cools down

15 December 2014

The typical Briton’s confidence towards the outlook for house prices has plummeted even further from its July 2014 peak new research from Halifax has claimed. According to the lender’s latest [...]

FTSE 100 falls for fifth day in a row, wiping off 5%

12 December 2014

The FTSE has fallen for the fifth day in a row with the blue chip index down 5% over the week.   Markets have been concerned with the recent slump [...]

The impact of the strengthening US dollar on global economies‏

11 December 2014

As the dollar goes from strength to strength, John Chatfeild-Roberts, head of the Jupiter’s independent funds team, asks what this might mean for the US and other economies… Over the past decade, we have [...]

Mortgage advances on the rise again despite ‘property market slowdown’

11 December 2014

In contrast to much of the latest news on the UK’s property market, new statistics from the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ (CML) show that home loan advances have picked-up. The [...]

Early interest rate rise presents “huge risk”, warns BCC

10 December 2014

An early interest rate rise would present a “huge risk” to the economy, the British Chambers of Commerce has warned. The BCC expects that UK interest rates will rise to [...]

High confidence, low inflation and a cold spell point to happy Christmas for retailers

9 December 2014

High consumer confidence, strong employment, low inflation and colder weather are pointing to a happy Christmas for retailers, economist Howard Archer has forecast. Archer, the chief UK and European economist [...]

2015 outlook for UK commercial property

8 December 2014

Following an exceptionally good year for UK commercial property, Duncan Owen, head of real estate at Schroders outlines what trends he expects to emerge in 2015… This year has been a [...]

Japan’s slide back into recession deeper than initially estimated

8 December 2014

Japan’s fall back into recession was deeper than originally forecast but growth is expected to return in the last three months of 2014. The second estimate for GDP growth during [...]

US reports highest monthly job gain since 2012

5 December 2014

Strong jobs figures from the US exceeded expectations again with the highest single month job gain since January 2012 reported. The gain of 321,000 jobs in November was well ahead [...]

Brace yourself! ‘Colossal’ spending cuts on the way

5 December 2014

Britons are facing ‘colossal’ spending cuts over the next five years in order for the country to ditch the deficit and get back into the black. Delving into the numbers [...]

Stamp duty – big losers look to be buyers of family homes between £1.5m and £2m with potential tax increase of 41%

3 December 2014

Central London residential fund manager LCP has calculated the impact of the stamp duty reforms with homes between £1.5m and £2m potentially subject to the biggest tax hit. Yet the [...]

Chancellor aims to take government spending as proportion of GDP back to 1938 levels

3 December 2014

Economists have questioned why the Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne plans to take spending as a proportion of GDP back to levels last seen in 1938. The level would take [...]

Joseph Rowntree Foundation warns of recovery based on rising poverty

3 December 2014

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned that the worst off families are heading in the wrong direction financially under the Chancellor’s policies. The foundation says that George Osborne has high [...]

Stamp duty and business rate reforms are tipped

3 December 2014

George Osborne is planning to reform business rates and the stamp duty system in his Autumn Statement this afternoon, reports suggest. According to The Financial Times, the Chancellor will announce [...]

Funding for Lending Scheme is extended

3 December 2014

  The Bank of England and Treasury have announced a one-year extension to the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which provides a cheap source of finance to banks that support [...]

Government to invest £2.3bn in flood defences

2 December 2014

The Government has pledged a £2.3 billion investment over six years to improve Britain’s flood defences. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that the spending would help [...]

Experts give their hopes and predictions ahead of tomorrow’s Autumn Statement

2 December 2014

As the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to his last Autumn Statement, the last one before the General Election, the experts reveal their hopes and predictions for tomorrow’s speech: More [...]

Tory manifesto pledge to “balance the books” looks set to be broken, economist warns

2 December 2014

The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to “balance the books” is looking increasingly unattainable, Dr Giulia Faggio, lecturer in economics at Westminster Business School has warned. Reflecting on the options available [...]

Majority of broad stock markets up in November due to stimulus talk but oil-dominant indices suffer

1 December 2014

Thirty two out of 48 markets on S&P’s Broad Market Index (BMI) gained in November as markets reacted with approval to the prospects of stimulus from the ECB while China [...]

Miton’s Jane expects ‘low growth world’ as economies focus on monetary policy

28 November 2014

Governments should focus on fiscal growth rather than tinkering with monetary policy in order to boost economies, argues Miton fund manager David Jane. Jane, who manages Miton’s multi-asset funds, said [...]

Pension tax relief may prove to be a tricky detail arising from more powers for Scotland

27 November 2014

It is still early days in the debate over extra powers for Scotland. But the implications of variations in income tax could be profound writes Mindful Money editor John Lappin. [...]

The falling oil price – good news for consumers, businesses and the economy

27 November 2014

After remaining stubbornly high throughout the financial crisis, the price of oil has dropped by almost 30% in the past six months boosting hopes that its slide will help drive [...]

Britain’s annual household bills down by an average of £70 since last election

27 November 2014

Britons are typically paying less on their bills than they did at the time of the General Election in May 2010, new research claims. The analysis from found that [...]

Kames Capital’s CIO Stephen Jones: “Why interest rates will not rise in the UK next year”

27 November 2014

Kames Capital’s chief investment officer Stephen Jones explains why he believes the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will leave the base rate at 0.5% throughout 2015 – despite [...]

UK commercial property provides the top 12-month returns for investors

27 November 2014

Of all the key asset classes UK Commercial Property has delivered the best investment returns over the past year according to a report from Lloyds. The latest Lloyds Bank Private [...]

Is Stamp Duty reform on the cards? Hargreaves Lansdown’s predictions for Autumn Statement

26 November 2014

A clue in the wording on HM Revenue & Customs website could suggest the Chancellor is planning reforms to Stamp Duty in next week’s Autumn Statement, Hargreaves Lansdown suggests. In [...]

Surprise dip in business investment but consumer spending remains strong

26 November 2014

UK Business investment dropped unexpectedly in the third quarter of the year,  but consumer spending held up, official figures show. Business investment was 0.7% lower in the three months to [...]

UK interest rates should rise next year, says OECD

25 November 2014

The Bank of England should put up interest rates in mid-2015 in order to keep the UK economy in check, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has urged. [...]

Ballooning sovereign debt threatens global recovery, Standard Life warns

25 November 2014

Developed market economies are still vulnerable to an economic shock unless more is done to boost growth and reduce debt, Standard Life Investments has warned. Sovereign debt in the developed [...]

Business lobby, the CBI, calls on Chancellor to focus more on infrastructure investment

24 November 2014

Business lobby, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement to focus on infrastructure investment, encouraging innovation and removing barriers to [...]

Youth poverty surges while pensioners facing financial hardship falls to lowest ever level

24 November 2014

New research has concluded that while there has been a big rise over the past decade in the proportion of adults under 25 in poverty, at the same time far [...]

Global business confidence collapses to five-year low

24 November 2014

Global business confidence plummeted to its worst level in five years during October as hiring and investment plans among companies collapsed to post crisis lows. The Markit Global Business Outlook [...]

Value of UK private housing breaks through the £5 trillion barrier

24 November 2014

The value of the UK’s private housing stock has soared by 57% over the past decade to break through the £5trn barrier claims research from Halifax. According to the lender, [...]

UK borrowing improves in October, but still £3.7bn higher than last year

21 November 2014

Official data has revealed the UK’s public sector borrowing has improved slightly but it is still £3.7 billion higher than the same period last year. Figures from the Office of [...]

General Election 2015: What it might mean for investors…

20 November 2014

The UK economic recovery appears to be holding its own and wage growth is beginning to come through. However, the uncertainty over the outcome of next year’s general election is [...]

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