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Will the mortgage market review choke property prices or just bring some much-needed sense to the housing market?

24 April 2014

Put MMR into a search engine and you get around 54 million hits. Most of those are for the MMR vaccine which protects young children – controversially – against measles, [...]

Energy supplier switching times to be cut in half by the end of 2014

22 April 2014

Changing energy supplier is set to become easier and much faster for consumers as firms commit to slashing switching times in half by the end of 2014 writes Philip Scott. [...]

Britons now collectively spending in excess of £6bn on moving house

22 April 2014

The price tag just for the privilege of moving home now stands at more than £8,000 as increases in the associated costs continue to rise writes Philip Scott. According to [...]

Housing boom continues apace as mortgage lending rockets by more than 33%

17 April 2014

The UK’s housing market is sustaining its robust momentum with mortgage lending rising to £15.4bn in March, marking an annual increase of 33.2% writes Philip Scott. According to trade body [...]

Wages rise but still remain below pre-financial crisis levels for both the private and public sector

17 April 2014

The fall in inflation to 1.6% has helped drive up real year-on-year wage growth for private sector workers but pay packets still remain below pre-crisis levels writes Philip Scott. While [...]

Property outside London – what’s the market like if we ignore the Capital?

17 April 2014

Trade body, the Council of Mortgage Lenders looks at how UK house price averages change without the influence of the Capital… The London housing market is attracting significant attention at [...]

Chinese growth to slow further this year says Schroders

16 April 2014

Chinese growth is likely to remain subdued this year and may slow further says Schroders’ Emerging Markets economist Craig Botham. Chinese growth slowed in the first quarter of 2014, from 7.7% [...]

London Central Portfolio launches closed ended central London property fund which can take Sipp and Isa cash

16 April 2014

London Central Portfolio (LCP), has launched its fourth fund, London Central Apartments II (LCA II) which is designed to be SIPP and ISA eligible. Naomi Heaton, CEO of LCP, says: [...]

Unemployment falls to 6.9% but experts say high number of part timers means rate rise still some way off

16 April 2014

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 in the year to February a five year low. The unemployment rate is now at 6.9% [...]

Official numbers show UK house prices jumped by 9% over the past 12 months while London property rockets by almost 18%

15 April 2014

UK property prices jumped 9.1% year-on-year in February with London prices up an eye-watering 17.7% official figures show writes Philip Scott. The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics [...]

Cost of living eases as inflation drops to 1.6% in March – its lowest level since October 2009

15 April 2014

Pressure on the Bank of England to lift interest rates has eased even more as the rate of inflation pulled back for the third month in a row during March [...]

Fears grow for China’s financial crisis but they may be overdone argues Schroders

9 April 2014

Fears of a Chinese financial crisis are growing, but are may be overdone says Craig Botham, emerging markets economist at Schroders. He has outlined his view of the economic outlook [...]

Understanding the risk of deflation in Europe

9 April 2014

By Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist – UK & Europe, J.P. Morgan Asset Management The eurozone is in recovery mode, at last.  But there are a number of risks and [...]

IMF admits it was too pessimistic on UK with growth of 2.9% expected in 2014.

8 April 2014

The IMF chief economist Oliver Blanchard has admitted that previous forecasts for the United Kingdom were too pessimistic when he warned the Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne that he was [...]

Car sales jump to a decade-high as both the economy and consumer confidence improve

4 April 2014

The UK economy is continuing to flex its muscles as the latest numbers from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders show that car sales have accelerated to a 10-year high. [...]

UK house prices continue to charge ahead despite dip in March says Halifax

4 April 2014

The UK’s property market is continuing to accelerate rapidly as prices are up by almost 9% in the past year according to the latest figures from Halifax. The lender’s numbers [...]

Royal Dutch Shell, SSE and Home Retail Group – three stocks to profit from a value rotation

2 April 2014

Edmund Shing of BCS Asset Management takes a look at the prospects for value investing Momentum takes a beating, Value remains near highs So it is true: what goes up [...]

It’s “show-time” for corporate earnings says UBS’s Bill O’Neill

2 April 2014

The economic recovery is unlikely to see a fall back because all the major economies are growing at the same time says Bill O’Neill, head of the chief investment office of [...]

Vietnam to lead Asean recovery says Barings Asset Management

31 March 2014

Vietnam should help drive a recovery in the ASEAN sector, Barings Asset Management says. The firm says Vietnam is likely to enjoy another year of robust performance in 2014 with [...]

Three fund managers, three investment views: Fidelity, M&G and Threadneedle give their outlook.

31 March 2014

As the end of the tax year approaches, savers may be looking to add a global angle to their ISA portfolio. Three fund managers including Jeremy Podger manager of Fidelity [...]

The Chancellor declares he is committed to fighting for “full employment”

31 March 2014

The Chancellor George Osborne has declared that the government is committed to fight for full employment in Britain and ensuring jobs are central to its economic plan writes Philip Scott. [...]

Despite monthly dip mortgage approvals soar by almost 40% year-on-year in February

31 March 2014

After reaching their highest level in some six years in January, mortgage approvals eased back to a four-month low in February according to the latest numbers from the Bank of [...]

Deflation now primary Eurozone concern

28 March 2014

Fixed income veteran and manager of the M&G Global Macro Bond fund Jim Leaviss, gives his thoughts on how deflation has replaced credit worthiness and default risk as the main [...]

UK economic expansion estimate for 2013 revised down to 1.7%

28 March 2014

UK economic growth estimates for last year have been revised down to 1.7% from a previous forecast of 1.8% writes Philip Scott. The latest numbers from the Office for National [...]

Private and public sector workers still worse off than five years ago though private sector workers spending power up in last 12 months

27 March 2014

Employees in both the private and public sectors have seen their purchasing power fall considerably compared to five years ago, according to the latest VocaLink Take Home Pay Index. FTSE [...]

US rates could rise in Spring 2015 says BlackRock’s Koesterich

25 March 2014

BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist Ross Koesterich says the Federal Reserve could raise rates as early as Spring of 2015. In a note issued this week, he says that suggestions that [...]

Budget 2014 timetable: The saver’s and investor’s guide to when the key changes will happen

21 March 2014

In his Budget speech to the House of Commons this week designed to win the hearts, minds and indeed votes of the nation’s “makers, doers and savers”, the Chancellor George [...]

Has the economic recovery boosted your finances? Some 75% say they are yet to reap any rewards

21 March 2014

Despite the UK’s economic rebound since the nadir of the financial crisis with 1.9% GDP growth notched up 2013, its best since 2007, millions feel worse off now than they [...]

Fed has followed Bank of England and scrapped forward guidance says Schroders’ Zangana

20 March 2014

The Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen has effectively scrapped forward guidance in current form says Schroders. Janet Yellen took charge of her first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting as [...]

Unemployment falls by 63,000 to 2.33 million or 7.2%

19 March 2014

Unemployment fell 63,000 in the three months to January with the rate at 7.2%. This is down 191,000 on the year to 2.33 million for November 2013 to January 2014 [...]

UK still on solid recovery path says Markit

19 March 2014

Confidence among UK households about their finances has fallen slightly this month according to the Markit Household Finance Index though it is still much higher than the typical levels of [...]

China and Russia are just an excuse – developed market fundamentals are holding back markets argues Ashmore’s Dehn

18 March 2014

Russia and China are being used as excuses for poor global stock market performance when the real reason are fundamentals and QE supported valuations in developed markets argues Jan Dehn [...]

The M&G Central Bank Credibility Survey – the Carney impact?

17 March 2014

M&G’s veteran bond manager Jim Leaviss assesses the Bank of England’s boss, in regards to his fiscal policies… Whilst YouGov is surveying consumers around the UK, Europe and Asia for the [...]

Mark Carney is wrong about UK economy says Henderson’s Simon Ward. Rate rise would cut risk of 2015 inflation surge

14 March 2014

Henderson chief economist Simon Ward has hit out at Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s suggestion that there is spare capacity in the UK economy and called for an early [...]

Institute of Economic Affairs warns of huge tax rises and cuts due to ‘staggering indebtedness’

14 March 2014

The Institute of Economic Affairs has warned that the UK faces huge cuts in public spending or massive tax hikes to fund future pension and social care obligations. The right [...]

Happy fifth birthday bull market says BlackRock’s Koesterich but he still says stick with equities

11 March 2014

It is five years since markets bottomed out in the wake of the financial crisis says Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s Global Chief Investment Strategist but he still suggests sticking with equities. [...]

UK economy to surpass its pre-financial crisis peak by the summer

10 March 2014

The UK economy is set to surpass its pre-financial crisis peak by the summer according to forecasts from a major business lobby group writes Philip Scott. The British Chambers of [...]

Ukraine crisis: Equities still show opportunities says Templeton emerging markets guru Mark Mobius

7 March 2014

Veteran investor and manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets investment trust, Dr. Mark Mobius, outlines his view on the crisis engulfing the Ukraine and what it means for investors… The [...]

Ukraine crisis could hit energy and wheat prices and hurt global economic growth says Schroders

4 March 2014

The crisis in Ukraine could push up energy and wheat prices and the world could receive a “stagflationary” shock says fund manager Schroders. The impact of rising commodity prices, as [...]

Stamp duty now equivalent to a 10th of the average deposit and many remain unprepared for the fee

3 March 2014

Almost a quarter of first-time buyers are not considering the cost of stamp duty before making an offer on their potential home, according to new research by TSB. In fact, [...]

UK property boom continues as house prices enjoy 9.4% annual rise says Nationwide

28 February 2014

UK house prices rose 0.6% month-on-month and 9.4% year-on-year in February after an increase of 0.8% month-on-month in January according to the latest figures from Nationwide. February marked the eighth [...]

Vacancies jump by 14% in 12 months but advertised salaries slump by £2,181 in real terms

27 February 2014

There were 768,104 advertised UK vacancies in January, a 3.1% monthly increase on December and a 14% rise on the year according to the UK Job Market report from advertising [...]

UK economy should feel the benefit as shoppers return to the High Street

25 February 2014

Shoppers have been taking to the streets, boosting the UK’s economic engine as new figures reveal that not only did retail sales rise strongly in the year to February but [...]

Over 75s and under 30s facing highest inflation

18 February 2014

The over 75s and the under 30s faced the highest rate of inflation in January at 2.1% according to Alliance Trust inflation survey. The firm says the over 75s suffered [...]

2.6 million households say they don’t have enough to pay monthly bills up from 1.9 million in January 2013

18 February 2014

One in eight households or 12.6% are struggling to make ends meet up from one in ten last year according to Legal & General’s latest Money Moods survey. The number of [...]

Independent Scotland “highly vulnerable” to bank runs if it seeks currency union without fiscal union, fund manager warns

18 February 2014

Monetary union without fiscal union is a broken model that would leave an independent Scotland at the risk of bank runs a fund manager has warned. Anthony Gillham, Manager, Old [...]

Bank of England’s “smoke and mirrors” forward guidance will thoroughly confuse the average person says Schroders

12 February 2014

Fund managaer Schroders has warned that Bank of England decision to replace the 7% unemployment target with estimates of spare capacity risks being manipulated and will prove confusing for the [...]

UK business investment set to rebound and drive economic growth in 2014

11 February 2014

Following a prolonged period in the doldrums UK business investment is set to bounce back and drive economic growth in 2014, rising at its fastest rate since 2007 according to [...]

UK banking standards to be overseen by new body

11 February 2014

In a bid to re-build public trust after a plethora of scandals and shocks, UK banking standards are set to be put under another microscope by a new professional organisation [...]

Stronger consumer confidence sees UK home sales reach 10-year high

10 February 2014

UK property sales reached a 10-year high in 2013 as improving consumer confidence and the Government’s Help to Buy scheme boosted activity writes Philip Scott. Research from Lloyds Bank found [...]

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