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UK unemployment falls to pre-crisis levels

17 April 2015

UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since before the financial crisis.   According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the rate of unemployment in [...]

Investors should prepare “to take advantage of the fallout” from US Federal Reserve’s inevitable rate rise

16 April 2015

Investors should prepare a defensive portfolio and to be ready to take advantage of the imminent significant opportunities that will likely present themselves writes Tom Elliott international investment strategist at [...]

Inflation stays at zero in March: what it means for savers, spenders and investors

14 April 2015

Consumer price inflation remained at zero in March, confounding speculation that the UK might enter deflation for the first time since 1960. Lower utilities, clothing and transport costs kept the [...]

Is “manifesto week” ushering in the death of simple saving?‏

13 April 2015

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Personal Investing argues that the current scramble for votes is making personal finance a minefield of complexity… The recent direction of travel for pension [...]

Hiring intentions across UK firms hit “sky-high” levels despite flat productivity

13 April 2015

Hiring intentions across British companies are at “sky-high” levels but worries remain over the strength of productivity a new analysis from accountants and business advisers BDO LLP has found. In [...]

Sterling at five-year low against dollar on UK slowdown fears

10 April 2015

The pound has hit a new five-year low against the dollar as figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) warned the recovery was slowing in the run up to [...]

Greece has just six days to come up with new reforms to seal next bailout

9 April 2015

The eurozone has warned that Greece has just six working days to drum-up a new list of reforms if it is to agree a deal on its next bailout. According [...]

Six million Britons borrow money to pay for food

9 April 2015

Some 12% – a massive six million Britons borrowed money to cover their grocery bills last month, according to research from the Debt Advisory Centre. Notably, similar research carried out [...]

Bank of England holds interest rates at 0.5%

9 April 2015

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) avoided any pre-election shock today and voted to keep the cost of borrowing at 0.5% for at least another month. March marked [...]

UK trade deficit widens in February on the back of falling exports

9 April 2015

Britain’s trade deficit widened by more than anticipated in February as exports fell markedly according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Official numbers show that the total [...]

Shop prices tumble at record rate

8 April 2015

Shop prices decreased for the 23rd month in row and at a record rate in March. The BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index reported annual deflation of 2.1% in March, compared to [...]

Labour pledges to scrap non-dom tax status

8 April 2015

Labour has pledged to scrap non-domicile status, which allows wealthy individuals to avoid paying UK tax on some of their foreign earnings. Ed Miliband says the status “makes Britain an [...]

Shell to buy BG Group for £47bn in the second largest ever oil and gas deal

8 April 2015

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy BG Group for £47bn, in the biggest oil and gas deal for 17 years. BG Group was formed in 1997 when British Gas [...]

Russia’s better-than-anticipated economic growth figures fail to inspire confidence

2 April 2015

Following the publication of the latest set of Russian GDP figures Schroders emerging markets economist Craig Botham explains what he expects for the troubled economy throughout the rest of 2015… The [...]

UK productivity at unprecedented post-war low

1 April 2015

The lack of productivity in the UK workforce since 2007 is “unprecedented in the post-war period” official figures reveal. The figures were bad news for the UK economy, as labour [...]

UK economy grows faster than expected and confidence hits 12-year high

31 March 2015

The UK economy grew at a faster pace than previously thought in the final quarter of 2014, while consumer confidence reached a 12-year high this month, new figures reveal. Economists [...]

Mortgages approvals climb for the third successive month to reach a six-month high in February claims Bank of England

30 March 2015

Mortgage approvals ticked-up modestly for third month running in February to hit a six-month high according to new figures from the Bank of England. The data adds to growing evidence [...]

Deflation fears are ‘misleading’, says Bank deputy

27 March 2015

Fears that Britain will become stuck in a deflationary spiral of falling prices and wages are overblown, according to the deputy governor of the Bank of England.   Ben Broadbent [...]

UK retail sales surpass forecasts with 5.7% rise

26 March 2015

Consumer spending continues to drive the UK economic recovery, with retail sales rising 5.7% in February compared with a year earlier writes Hargreaves Lansdown senior economist Ben Brettell… This was [...]

Equitable Life’s capital distribution rises to 35% just in time for the pension freedoms

24 March 2015

Equitable Life is to increase its capital distribution to 35% this April up from 25% last year. The move comes as many investors will be hoping to take advantage of [...]

UK inflation falls to zero

24 March 2015

UK inflation rate fell to 0% in February, the lowest since records began, official figures show. Price movements in recreational goods and food, furniture and furnishings helped to cut the [...]

Labour to give manifesto pledge not to increase VAT

24 March 2015

The Labour Party has promised not to increase VAT if elected. The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says the Labour general election manifesto will contain a pledge not to increase VAT. [...]

Business lobby the CBI warns the UK cannot afford a post-election “power vacuum”

23 March 2015

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned all political parties that whatever the result of May’s general election, the new Cabinet must knuckle down to business quickly. The business [...]

Bond markets and currencies now “on a different path”

23 March 2015

We have written extensively recently on moves in bond yields and currencies and general expectations of lower long term growth and inflation and, within that, economies and monetary policy that [...]

FTSE 100 hits new high as it breaks 7,000. But it’s driven ‘more by the Fed than the Budget’

20 March 2015

The FTSE 100 has broken above the 7,000 mark for the first time, setting a new record high. The blue chip index moved to 7,004 on Friday afternoon thanks to [...]

Budget surplus? Get a reality check urges Neil Woodford

19 March 2015

We have believed for some time that the growth and inflation assumptions embedded in the forecasts of central banks around the world, are consistently too optimistic writes CF Woodford Equity [...]

‘Patient’ does not mean ‘impatient’, or the Fed has blinked

19 March 2015

Anna Stupnytska, global economist at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, looks at the latest rhetoric coming from the US Federal Reserve… While ‘patient’ was dropped at the March FOMC meeting as widely [...]

Ed Balls says Labour would not reverse any part of the Budget

19 March 2015

The Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has admitted there was nothing in Wednesday’s Budget that the Labour would reverse if the party was victorious in May’s general election. Speaking to the [...]

US Federal Reserve points to cautious end to ultra-low interest rates

19 March 2015

The US central bank has indicated that it could push interest rates higher sooner than perhaps some market commentators had expected. In its latest statement on the US economy the [...]

Axa IM’s David Page gives an economist’s view on the Budget

18 March 2015

David Page, senior economist at AXA Investment Managers shares his views on the 2015 Budget… “Budget 2015 saw the Chancellor juggle the opposing needs of balancing fiscal rectitude with voter-friendly [...]

Personal allowance increase will save taxpayers up to £200

18 March 2015

The Chancellor has announced a further above-inflation boost to the personal allowance , which will mean a tax cut for 27 million people. In today’s Budget statement, George Osborne said [...]

Employment rises, but wage growth slows

18 March 2015

January saw a marked increase in employment, but earnings growth weakened, resulting in a dip in sterling’s value against the euro and the dollar today. The latest official data shows [...]

What tomorrow’s Budget should do to tackle poverty

17 March 2015

Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, shares her views on how tomorrow’s Budget should tackle poverty … The UK cannot achieve its full economic potential while levels [...]

Tories set to slash inheritance tax on main residence with tax threshold of £175,000 for each parent

17 March 2015

The Government is considering radical plans to increase the inheritance tax threshold on a family’s main property to £1m. According to plans drawn up by the civil service and seen [...]

The Budget “must keep growth heading in right direction” urges business lobby the CBI

16 March 2015

Business lobby the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is urging the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to focus this week’s Budget on helping medium-sized firms to grow. John Cridland, [...]

Strong wage growth will push inflation back to 2% in two years, says Carney

13 March 2015

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said the UK will return to its 2% inflation target in two years thanks to the strength of the economic recovery.   Speaking [...]

TUC warns low wages to create £44bn budget blackhole by 2020

13 March 2015

The TUC has warned that chancellor George Osborne’s plans will leave Britiain’s budget with a £44 billion blackhole if wages fail to increase.   In a new report, The living [...]

Five funds to ride Europe’s quantitative easing rally

9 March 2015

With the European Central Bank kicking off its full-blown monetary stimulus this week, Tom Stevenson at Fidelity Personal Investing look at ways to invest in Europe… Getting a consensus around [...]

Budget 2015: Income tax threshold could increase by more than expected

9 March 2015

The Government is expected to hand 27m voters an income tax-cut in the upcoming Budget on 18 March. According to a report in The Sunday Times in its final Budget [...]

Neil Woodford warns the eurozone is not workable in its current state

9 March 2015

Renowned UK fund manager Neil Woodford has urged that the eurozone is not workable in its current state Woodford who established his own business Woodford Investment Management last year after [...]

Prolonged low interest rates have not helped but funding for lending really hit savers

5 March 2015

Thursday 5 March marks the six-year anniversary of the Bank of England base rate falling to a record low 0.5%. founder and Mindful Money columnist Anna Bowes looks The [...]

Six years and counting – Bank of England keeps interest rates at historic low of 0.5%

5 March 2015

Interest rates have officially been stuck at their historic low for six years with the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today voting to keep the cost of borrowing [...]

City veteran Lord Rothschild claims the world faces a threat “perhaps as dangerous” as World War II

5 March 2015

City banker and chairman of RIT Capital Partners Lord Rothschild has warned savers in the £2.6bn investment trust that the world faces a geopolitical threat “perhaps as dangerous” as World [...]

Government sells stake in Eurostar for £757m

4 March 2015

The government has reached an agreement for the sale of its entire stake in Eurostar for £757.1m A consortium comprising Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes [...]

Eurozone inflation figures suggest the region’s economic backdrop is improving

2 March 2015

As the European Central Bank (ECB) gears up to kick-start its massive monetary stimulus programme, official figures show eurozone inflation is already improving. While the currency bloc is still battling [...]

Oil price drop – emerging markets winners and losers

2 March 2015

There are clear winners and losers within the Emerging Markets (EM) universe as a result of the drop in oil price. However, uncertainty still remains regarding the causes of the [...]

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 [...]

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