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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 [...]

FTSE 350 workers’ monthly wages on the rise‏

20 November 2014

Workers for FTSE 350 companies have seen their real wages rise, albeit by just £4.81 a month, compared with the same period a year ago claims the latest VocaLink Take [...]

Gross mortgage lending jumps 8% year-on-year in October

20 November 2014

Gross mortgage lending jumped 8% on an annual basis to reach £19bn in October according to the latest estimates from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The trade body’s latest [...]

Retail sales enjoy healthy October pick-up providing better reassurance on UK growth

20 November 2014

Retail sales volumes rose by a robust 0.8% month-on-month in October after falling back by 0.4% in September. But year-on-year growth picked up significantly to 4.3% over the month from [...]

Eurozone could lose one in six workers due to population ageing claims new research

20 November 2014

Harnessing the power of older workers is a “vital component of any long-term strategy to rejuvenate economic growth across the Europe”, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) has argued. [...]

2015 sunshine for equities – but lower Chinese growth may drag on emerging markets

19 November 2014

Christmas appears to be earlier each year – it often hits stores before many of us have opened our summer sunblock. It’s not much different with economic and stock market [...]

Royal Mail at crossroads – new directions or lost up the garden path

19 November 2014

By Tony Levene As Royal Mail reveals half year results, investors in the group – controversially privatised in October 2013 – face a dilemma. Should they sell out now while [...]

Savvy second time buyers biding their time to jump straight into a family home

19 November 2014

Homeowners living in their first home are increasingly looking to move into bigger four bedroom detached houses, reducing the number of steps they are taking on the property ladder to [...]

UK house prices up by more than 12% in the year to September official numbers show

18 November 2014

UK house prices rises accelerated at an annual rate of just over 12% in September, the highest since July 2007 official numbers have claimed. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) [...]

Following disastrous GDP figures Japan’s prime minister calls snap election and delays sales tax hike

18 November 2014

Following the news that Japan has slipped back into recession the country’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe has decided to call a snap election and delay the anticipated sales tax hike. [...]

Consumer price inflation edges up to 1.3% but the cost of living is expected to retreat in the near-term

18 November 2014

Consumer price inflation edged up from its five-year low of 1.2% in September to 1.3% in October according to official numbers but experts believe it could still dip below 1% [...]

Bank of England boss Mark Carney puts bankers’ pay in the spotlight

17 November 2014

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has urged that new compensation structures are needed to “help re-build trust in financial institutions”. Delivering a speech on the future of financial reform [...]

The launch of China’s Stock Connect scheme – expert reactions

17 November 2014

Today marks the opening of the first trading link between Shanghai and Hong Kong. The scheme dubbed, Stock Connect, gives China the ability to open up its equity capital market [...]

Japan falls into recession but experts say investors need to look past the short-term noise

17 November 2014

The Japanese economy has taken analysts by surprise as new numbers show the world’s third largest economy fell into recession between July and the end of September. Initial figures show [...]

Eurozone grows by more than expected, but it’s not out of the woods yet

14 November 2014

Germany has managed to avoid recession and the eurozone economy grew by more than expected but the area is still struggling to break out of a ‘sluggish growth environment’. Latest [...]

UK house price growth falls back for the fourth consecutive month

13 November 2014

UK house price momentum has continued to ease back as new buyer demand tailed off in October, according to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Market Survey. [...]

Financial mutuals launch campaign to get a better deal for consumers

13 November 2014

The Building Societies Association (BSA) and the Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM) have launched a campaign in a bid to ensure consumers get a better deal. The two trade organisations, [...]

Government extending 24-hour visa service to attract more business to Britain

13 November 2014

Downing Street has today unveiled plans to extend its 24-hour visa service in a bid to attract more investment in the UK. As the Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in [...]

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to drop latest figures show

13 November 2014

New figures from trade body the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show a continuing reduction in the number of both repossessions and mortgages in arrears. The statistics for the three [...]

Bank of England Inflation Report: “A cautious outlook”

13 November 2014

Schroders European economist, Azad Zangana, comments on this week’s Bank of England Inflation Report… Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney delivered a cautious outlook when presenting the November Inflation Report [...]

Unemployment falls to 6% and wages finally outstrip consumer prices index

12 November 2014

UK unemployment fell by 115,000 between July and September to 1.96 million or around 6%, according to the the Office for National Statistics. This is the 18th consecutive fall in [...]

Cheap oil: The impact on the economy and markets

10 November 2014

The price of oil has dropped sharply in the last month as lukewarm global growth has reduced demand expectations even as supply remains steady. Erik Knutzen, chief investment officer, multi-asset [...]

Research shows a third of home owning Britons would struggle with a hike in interest rates

10 November 2014

Around a third of homeowners would be at pains to meet their mortgage payments if interest rates rise were to rise by just 2% according to an analysis by ICM [...]

“Too big to fail” banks – no more taxpayer bailouts

10 November 2014

International regulator the Financial Stability Board (FSB) has unveiled new proposals aimed at ensuring taxpayers never again have to bail out banks. Bank of England governor Mark Carney, who is [...]

Bank of England holds interest rates at historic low

6 November 2014

The Bank of England has kept interest rates at their record low of 0.5% for another month. In addition, it has chosen not to extend its quantitative easing (QE) programme [...]

Evidence pointing to a UK housing market slowdown gathers further pace

6 November 2014

The UK housing market continues to cool down as new numbers from Halifax show that property prices dropped 0.4% month-on-month in October. The easing across the sector has caused the [...]

What now for global quantitative easing?

4 November 2014

The US Federal Reserve may be bringing an end to its quantitative easing programme, but the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are likely to continue to increase the [...]

Mansion tax: Would winners outweigh the losers?

3 November 2014

The economic case for the controversial mansion tax is sound as the winners would significantly outnumber the losers claims wealth manager Brewin Dolphin. With the next General Election just over [...]

Germany would rather see UK leave the EU than compromise on migration

3 November 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged that she would prefer to see the UK leave the European Union rather than give in to migration reform. According to a report in [...]

Government pays off First World War debt, 100 years after it started

31 October 2014

The government has announced it will pay off part of the nation’s First World War debt, a century after the war started. Chancellor George Osborne has said the government is [...]

Japanese stocks surge as central bank announces QE extension

31 October 2014

Japan’s central bank has shocked the market by extending its stimulus package, sending its major index soaring overnight. The Nikkei 225 saw its biggest one-day gain since June 2013 as [...]

Government rolls out consultation on the Bank of England’s powers over the UK’s housing market

30 October 2014

The Government has launched its consultation on which powers the Bank of England (BoE) should have over the UK’s housing market. Back in June, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George [...]

US economy surpasses growth expectations during the third quarter

30 October 2014

Just as the Federal Reserve calls time on its massive quantitative easing (QE) programme, the news has emerged that US economy grew at a faster-than-expected annual rate of 3.5% in [...]

Some 54,000 new homeowners created through Government’s Help to Buy scheme

30 October 2014

The Government’s controversial Help to Buy scheme has helped create more than 54,000 new homeowners in England according to the latest official figures. In the first 18 months of the [...]

Average UK house prices climb to all time high but growth rate eases significantly

30 October 2014

The typical cost of a UK home has climbed to an all-time high despite an easing in overall price growth across the market. According to non-seasonally adjusted data from Nationwide, [...]

The ECB has missed the opportunity to end the European crisis

29 October 2014

The European Central Bank has missed the opportunity to rid Europe of the risk of systemic bank failures because its stress tests were simply not strict enough and did not [...]

E.ON launches cheapest energy deal on the market as ‘big six’ rise to the challenge of the smaller firms

29 October 2014

E.ON Energy has launched the cheapest energy deal on the market, marking the first time a big six supplier has topped the best buy tables this year. Tom Lyon, energy [...]

Lloyds to axe 9,000 jobs and shut 150 branches

28 October 2014

Government-backed Lloyds Banking Group is to axe 9,000 jobs and close 150 branches over the next three years. The cuts come on top of 43,000 job losses at the bank, [...]

Sales growth across UK High Streets continues to accelerate says CBI

27 October 2014

Retail sales volumes continued to grow in the year to October, with another strong rise expected in the month ahead, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The CBI’s latest [...]

Bank of England policy maker says interest rates need to rise now

27 October 2014

The Bank of England needs to raise interest rates now regardless of any signs of an easing in the economy, a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member has claimed. Ian McCafferty, [...]

24 European banks fail financial stress tests

26 October 2014

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has found that 24 institutions have failed to pass a stress testing of their finances. The EBA’s 2014 EU-wide stress test of 123 banks, which [...]

Aspiring homebuilders given boost by Right to Build initiative

24 October 2014

Ever dreamt of building your own home? Well that dream could become a reality under new plans for a ‘Right to Build’ scheme across England. Housing and planning minister Brandon [...]

Slowdown in UK growth but economy is still ‘robust’

24 October 2014

The slowdown in UK growth reported today is nothing to be concerned about and is a reflection of weak economic performance in the eurozone. UK third quarter gross domestic product [...]

Mortgage approvals drop to 14-month low in September as market eases further

23 October 2014

Mortgage approvals dropped back for the third month running to a 14-month low in September further fuelling evidence of a slowdown across the UK’s property market. According to the latest [...]

Pound falls on Bank of England minutes

22 October 2014

The pound has fallen as the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) minutes revealed that the majority of members were against raising interest rates in their latest meeting. MPC [...]

Employees finally get a pay rise… of 8p

21 October 2014

Employees of FTSE 350 companies have seen a monthly wage rise of just 8p in the past year, new figures reveal. Inflation may be falling, but take-home salaries are barely [...]

Is India presently enjoying a “Goldilocks moment”

20 October 2014

A stable government, a can-do prime minister and a recovering economy may prove to be the best recipe yet for Indian stocks, according to Avinash Vazirani, manager of the Jupiter [...]

Mortgage lending up 10% on an annual basis in September but market is “sitting on a plateau”

20 October 2014

While gross mortgage lending was up 10.2% year-on-year in September it dipped 1% on August’s total to an estimated £17.8m. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), which compiled the statistics, [...]

Bank of England chief economist ‘gloomier’ on outlook for UK

17 October 2014

The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates lower for even longer as its chief economist admitted he was ‘gloomier’ about the prospect for the UK economy. In [...]

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