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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%. SavingsChampion.co.uk 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 [...]

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 [...]

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