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Osborne’s EU charge cut claims are false, say MPs

27 February 2015

MPs have said chancellor George Osborne claim to have halved the amount of money handed to the European Union is false.   The Treasury Select Committee, which is led by [...]

FTSE 100 at new high – is it time to party like it’s 1999?

26 February 2015

Is it time to party like it’s 1999? The recent rally in the FTSE 100 index from the low in October last year has been impressive given the preponderance of [...]

UK business investment suffers steep fall

26 February 2015

Official figures show that business investment in Britain dropped sharply in the final three months of last year. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that business spending [...]

UK economic growth confirmed at 0.5% for final three months of 2014

26 February 2015

Official figures have confirmed that UK economic growth slowed to 0.5% quarter-on-quarter in the final three months of the 2014. Numbers from the Office for National Statistics released on Thursday [...]

Eurozone ministers back Greek reform plans

24 February 2015

Eurozone finance ministers have approved reform proposals by aimed at securing an extension of its bailout, according to the BBC. The European Commission described the Greek proposals as a “valid [...]

What Janet Yellen’s testimony and US interest rates mean for global investors

23 February 2015

Investors globally can expect US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to move equities, fixed income and commodities markets. David Stubbs, global market strategist [...]

Government sells-off a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares

23 February 2015

The government has sold-off a further £500m of Lloyds Banking Group shares the Chancellor George Osborne has today confirmed. The latest sell-off means that the total amount of money recovered [...]

Greek government set to submit reform package to secure extension on its bailout loan

23 February 2015

The Greek government is set to unveil a package of reforms to its creditors on Monday in a bid to secure its bailout extension. As reported on BBC News the [...]

Britain’s budget surplus hits seven-year high at £8.8bn

20 February 2015

Britain’s budget surplus hit a seven-year high of £8.8 billion last month, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has reported.   Stronger tax receipts have put the country back on [...]

Investor confidence holding up despite threat of Grexit

19 February 2015

Despite the abundance of uncertainty clouding stockmarkets investor confidence remains relatively robust claims new research from Halifax. The lender’s Share Dealing Market Tracker found that despite the ongoing talks between [...]

What next for European shares as Greece reaches crunch time?

19 February 2015

Can Elbi, manager of the JB Europe Focus fund at Swiss & Global Asset Management looks at what investors should expect from the market as the clock ticks for Greece… [...]

ECB gives troubled Greek banks another €3.3bn in emergency funding

19 February 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) has agreed to up the emergency funding available to Greek banks to €68.3bn according to BBC News. The €3.3bn increase in the so-called Emergency Liquidity [...]

Unemployment falls to six-year low: what it means for household finances, interest rates and the pound

18 February 2015

Unemployment fell to a six-year low of 5.7% in the three months to December, official  figures reveal. Office for National Statistics data released today showed that  30.9m people were in [...]

Inflation falls to record low: What it means for interest rates, sterling and more

17 February 2015

UK inflation fell to 0.3% in January – the lowest level since the Office for National Statistics began to publish the Consumer Prices Index in 1997. CPI grew by 0.3% [...]

Bonds as volatile as equities asserts Miton fund manager

16 February 2015

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi asset fund range, explains why he has reduced exposure to bonds… One of our most strongly held views has been our “lower for longer” [...]

Business group the CBI ups its economic growth forecast for the UK

16 February 2015

Against a backdrop of lower oil prices and inflation business lobby group the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) has upped its 2015 economic growth forecast for the UK. The CBI [...]

Japan drags itself out of recession but growth rate underwhelms

16 February 2015

The Japanese economy finally bounced back during the final three months of 2014 but the initial estimates of growth are far lower than had been expected. Official numbers show that [...]

European stockmarkets hit seven-year high

13 February 2015

Improvements in UK growth have pushed European stockmarkets to a seven-year high.   Optimism is running high after the Office of National Statistics recorded UK growth of 3.1%, an increase [...]

Sterling rises overnight on Carney’s deflation warning

13 February 2015

The pound soared against the dollar and the euro overnight following yesterday’s announcement from the Bank of England that the UK is heading for deflation.   Sterling rose above $1.54 [...]

UK threatened by deflation: Expert reactions

12 February 2015

Driven by falling oil and food costs UK inflation is set to fall into negative territory. In the Bank of England’s Inflation Report, governor Mark Carney asserted that inflation is [...]

Bank of England Inflation Report: An economist’s view

12 February 2015

February’s Bank of England Inflation Report suggests interest rate hike could happen around turn of year says Howard Archer chief UK & European economist 
at IHS Global Insight. Below he gives [...]

UK inflation on course to turn negative this year says Bank of England boss

12 February 2015

On the back of falling oil and food costs UK inflation is set to fall into negative territory and remain on the balance for the remainder of 2015. In the [...]

Property repossessions across the UK fall by 26% during 2014

12 February 2015

Property repossessions in the UK dropped substantially last year falling to the lowest level since 2006 according to new numbers from trade body the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). Last [...]

Household debt to surge almost three times faster than wages under Osborne’s plans, claims TUC

12 February 2015

Official growth forecasts based on the Chancellor George Osborne’s economic plans are dependent on household debt growing much faster than pay, new research from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has [...]

Greece and eurozone officials failing to seal a deal on bailout

12 February 2015

Greek politicians and eurozone bosses have failed to arrive at an agreement over the embattled country’s debt obligations though both parties are still hopeful a deal can be made. Following [...]

HSBC Swiss tax row heats up as MPs and officials exchange blows

11 February 2015

The row over HSBC’s Swiss bank accounts heated up today with accusations flying between party leaders at Prime Minister’s Questions followed by an irate exchange between HM Revenue & Customs [...]

“Global growth should accelerate from levels of past three years”

9 February 2015

Global GDP growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on [...]

Former US central bank chairman anticipates Greece will be forced out of eurozone

9 February 2015

Alan Greenspan, the former head of the US central bank has stated that he believes Greece will ultimately leave the eurozone. Speaking to the BBC, Greenspan, who was chairman of [...]

Dollar soars on another round of strong US jobs data

6 February 2015

Strong jobs data from the US sent the dollar soaring and means the currency’s bull run ‘could turn into a charge’, according to foreign exchange company FEXCO.   A robust [...]

Bank of England keeps rates at 0.5% at February’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting

5 February 2015

The Bank of England has held interest rates at their historic low for another month. In a bid to prop-up the British economy, the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which [...]

Greece’s attempt to renegotiate its debts is likely to be “extremely challenging”

5 February 2015

Veteran investor and manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust Dr. Mark Mobius takes a look at what’s happening in Greece as the embattled nation tries to fix its [...]

BT buys mobile giant EE in £12.5bn landmark deal

5 February 2015

In  landmark deal, BT has agreed to buy EE for £12.5bn, creating a telecommunications giant that will cover mobile, fixed line, broadband and television services. BT shares jumped 5%, or [...]

UK house prices rebound unexpectedly in January pushing the annual growth rate back up to 8.5%

5 February 2015

UK house prices bounced back robustly in January taking the annual rise back up to 8.5% according to new numbers from Halifax. The lender’s figures show that prices unexpectedly rose [...]

The worst of the spending cuts may be yet to come, warns IFS

4 February 2015

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that the deepest spending cuts are yet to come. Its Green Budget, which reviews potential issues ahead of next month’s Budget, said [...]

Deflation in food prices is at record pace

4 February 2015

Deflation in food prices is at its fastest pace on record, the latest figures from retailers have revealed. Overall shop prices showed deflation for the 21st consecutive month, decelerating to [...]

UK manufacturing accelerates in January

2 February 2015

UK manufacturing has enjoyed a strong start to 2015 as output growth and new orders have rebounded following a slowdown during the latter half of last year. The widely followed [...]

Why aren’t prices at the pump fully reflecting the slide in crude oil prices?

2 February 2015

Andrew Ramsbottom, director, research at Tilney Bestinvest discusses how the taxation of petrol in the UK means that the prices at the petrol pumps don’t reflect the scale of the [...]

What would it take to get house prices to rise further?

2 February 2015

We recently highlighted the unfortunate knack some investors have of misjudging when they move into illiquid assets writes Ian Kelly. That article, Best laid plans, had been published on The [...]

2015 kicks off with strong retail sales growth claims CBI

29 January 2015

Retail sales grew strongly in the year to January, slightly exceeding expectations, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The business lobby’s latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey of 127 [...]

Government targets benefit fraudsters with maximum penalty to be more than doubled

29 January 2015

Parliament is today set to look at plans to more than double the maximum penalty for benefit fraud from £2,000 to £5,000. The potential fine could be offered as an [...]

US Fed statement hints that US interest rate rise may be delayed

29 January 2015

Schroders US fixed income portfolio Manager Lisa Hornby takes a look at yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement… The January FOMC statement was relatively unchanged compared to the December [...]

Bank of England boss Mark Carney voices eurozone concerns

29 January 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has cautioned on the current structure of the eurozone. Speaking in Dublin, Ireland, Carney said the present backdrop and make-up puts it in an [...]

House price growth cools in January as momentum eases across the UK market

29 January 2015

Property prices rose by just 0.3% in January taking the annual gains to a 14 month low of 6.8% according to new numbers from Nationwide. The lender’s data highlights  that [...]

UK economy grows at fastest pace since 2007

27 January 2015

The UK economy grew at its fastest rate since 2007 last year as annual GDP increased by 2.6%. Office for National Statistics data showed that, while  GDP growth slowed slightly [...]

UK economy bolstered by record spending from overseas tourists in 2014

26 January 2015

Analysis from national tourism agency VisitBritain shows that more international tourists are travelling across the UK than ever before with spending hitting new record. The new figures from the Office [...]

Greek elections: What to expect now – expert reactions…

26 January 2015

Syriza has obtained a strong victory in the Greek elections gaining more than 36% of votes – we highlight the expert reactions below… Paras Anand, head of European equities at [...]

Oil price jumps on Saudi king’s death

23 January 2015

Oil prices jumped this morning on news that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had died.   A barrel of Brent crude oil increased to a high of $49.80 before falling [...]

European Central Bank unveils massive QE strategy: Expert reactions

22 January 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced that it will start a quantitative easing (QE) programme in March. The ECB said it will buy government bonds worth some €60bn per [...]

Has the ECB done the right thing with QE?

22 January 2015

Paras Anand, head of European equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment looks into on European Central Banks QE plan… As the details of the ECB’s quantitative easing plan are brought into [...]

European Central Bank to pump billions into the eurozone via QE

22 January 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) has stepped up its battle to get the eurozone back on its feet by today announcing a massive quantitative easing (QE) programme. As had been [...]

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