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House prices in Hackney have increased 700% in decades Lloyds research shows

19 February 2017

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The North East London Borough of Hackney has seen the steepest growth in house prices in the capital over the past 20 years, according to new research by Lloyds Bank. The average house price in Hackney has increased £530,700 (702%), from £75,569 in 1996 to £606,269 in 2016. This compares to the average increase of […]

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‘Interesting times’ may not be a curse when it comes to investing in Asia

15 February 2017

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HyungJin Lee, Head of Asian Equities, Barings, Hong Kong takes a look at the investment prospects for Asia in 2017. Many will wonder whether fresh forces will emerge this year to reshape markets and sweep away the new normal of yesteryear. With politics upended in the developed world and US interest rates on an upward […]

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Pensioner incomes now £20 a week higher on average than those of working age households

13 February 2017

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Pensioner incomes are now around £20 a week better off than those in typical working age households, a report by the Resolution Foundation into inter-generational fairness suggests. A new analysis says that strong recent growth in typical pensioner incomes has been driven by new cohorts of pensioners who are more likely than their predecessors to […]

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MPs call for large private firms with big DB pensions to be scrutinised like listed companies

12 February 2017

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A committee of MPs has called for companies with an important social impact to face new governance and reporting requirements in a bid to avoid a repeat of the BHS fiasco. The work and pensions select committee wants the requirements currently faced by publicly listed firms to be extended to large private firms and those […]

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Buy, sell or ignore? – research reveals equity analysts’ woeful record on FTSE 350 stocks in 2016

10 February 2017

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The usefulness of equity analysts’ buy, hold and sell signals have been cast into doubt by research from platform A.J Bell. The ten least popular stocks in the FTSE 350 – those with the greatest number of ‘sell’ ratings from analysts – beat the most popular ones and the index hands down in 2016. The […]

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NS&I reduces rates on its variable savings products

7 February 2017

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NS&I is reducing interest rates on four of its variable rate products. It says this follows reductions in interest rates across the savings market after the Bank of England’s reduction of the base rate by 25 basis points, to 0.25% in August 2016. Variable rate changes will apply to premium bonds, Direct ISA, Direct Saver […]

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Self employment leads to increased financial stress on families

3 February 2017

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The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the […]

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Trump Presidency risks return of global boom and bust by throwing “fiscal fuel” at an already recovering economy

23 January 2017

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The Presidency of Donald Trump could bring herald a return to a pattern of global boom and bust says fund manager Psigma. Psigma’s Chief Investment Officer Tom Becket says the world faces three potential scenarios with about roughly a one in three chance of each which he categories as heaven, purgatory and hell – borrowing […]

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Look for value in the FTSE 250 and IPOs amid general uncertainty says Selftrade

20 January 2017

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Investors should look to the FTSE 250 and keep an eye on IPOs this year given broader political, economic and market uncertainty says Mark Taylor, CEO of Selftrade. He says: “It’s likely waters will remain choppy in 2017. Certainly politically, there will be further uncertainty as Brexit negotiations unfold. Added to this, elections across Europe […]

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How big was the global Trump rally – and where does it leave valuations?

20 January 2017

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Major stockmarkets have rallied as much as 12% since Trump was elected as president. Fund manager Schroders looks at why and whether markets are getting ahead of themselves or not below. Stockmarkets rarely rally in the face of political and economic uncertainty. The combination of Brexit, Donald Trump’s election, the return of inflation and prospect […]

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