Fiscal stimulus should improve global growth says Russell Investments

6 December 2016

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Global economic growth is likely to improve, spurred by fiscal stimulus as political leaders worldwide move away from austerity says Russell Investments. Longer-term, however, they think the prospect of trade protectionism raised by Brexit and the U.S. presidential election could mean slower growth and higher inflation. Wouter Sturkenboom, senior investment strategist EMEA, at Russell Investments, […]

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Cross rail having big impact on house prices near stations on route due to open in spring 2017

5 December 2016

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Average house prices near the still to be completed Cross Rail project have grown by 22% over the past two years – compared to 14% increase in surrounding areas. The London areas of Abbey Wood, Forest Gate and West Drayton see biggest price jump – all up by nearly 50% according to new research by […]

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What does Italy’s no vote mean – especially for Italian banks

5 December 2016

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Bill Papadakis, Investment Strategist at Lombard Odier looks at the impact of the Italian No vote.  On 4 December 2016, a large majority prevailed in favour of “no”  in the country’s referendum with 59.1% of voters rejecting the constitutional reform put forth by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s government. Renzi was quick to acknowledge and […]

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Buy-to-let landlords increasingly incorporating to cope with tax rises

2 December 2016

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Landlord confidence has bounced back following recent tax increases as investors adapted and looked to secure mortgages through limited companies or increase rents in reaction to higher tax costs, according to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance’s Buy to Let Britain report. Landlords’ confidence is at its highest in a year, with 54% of investors […]

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Expert Opinion: ImPeTuous tax rise?

2 December 2016 by Steve Herbert

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Steve Herbert suspects that yet another increase to Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) could be an own-goal for the UK Budgets (and Autumn Statements) must be amongst the most stressful and challenging times for any Chancellor of the Exchequer.  Even more so when the presiding government is in the early stages of negotiation to decide the […]

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The robots deciding where your money goes

2 December 2016

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Challenger banks are not the only thing to come out of the fintech revolution. There is also a new wave of investment platforms – AKA ‘robo-advisers’ – designed to make managing our money significantly easier, even, mayhaps, a joy. What do the words ‘fintech’ and ‘robo-advice’ actually mean? Fintech is a mash-up of ‘financial’ and ‘technology’: […]

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1 December 2016

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Stock markets are more likely to rise in December than any other month, according to analysis of nearly three decades of data. The analysis conducted by fund manager Schroders, which covers the world’s largest markets, adds to the debate over the existence of the “Santa Rally”, an alleged effect often dismissed by seasoned investors. The […]

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Trump makes a buying opportunity in emerging markets

1 December 2016

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Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore, explores why the end of 2016 looks very much like the end of last year, and suggests that it offers a similarly enticing entry point to EM for investors. He explores how the moves in the US markets have been overdone and that the rise in US stock […]

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Shoppers to spend extra £96.22 per week on food over Christmas period

1 December 2016

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The majority (64%) of UK adults are budgeting to spend an extra £96.22 per week on food during the Christmas and New Year period, research from short-term loan provider Sunny shows. UK shoppers believe they will need to increase their spend by 115% to cover the whole Christmas and New Year period. They usually spend […]

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Nearly half of women see it as their sole responsibility to make sure their family has enough income in a crisis

28 November 2016

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For nearly three in ten (28%) women in the UK, the inability to support themselves or their families financially is their greatest financial fear. A new report from Aegon ‘Protection matters: does women’s financial planning match their priorities?’, which draws on the opinions of more than 2,000 women[1], found that nearly half (46%) believe it’s […]

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