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'Global growth has improved and should maintain momentum in 2014'

In the latest Fundamentals briefing, Legal & General Investment Management’s Head of Economics, Tim Drayson, examines the drivers behind the return to global growth and what the implications are for some of the main asset classes...

House price growth expectations continue to increase

Expectations for future house price growth hit a more than 14-year high during November 2013 as the amount of homes coming onto the nation's market, once again, fell well short of rapidly rising buyer demand...

Buy to let 'best investment for financial security'

Research by Manchester-based buy to let specialist, Sequre Property Investment, has revealed that more than 50% of over 50s consider either buy to let or buy to sell property as the most attractive investment option when planning their family’s financial security, ahead of shares, equities, antiques or any other investment type...

Another rise in house price confidence across UK

Households perceived that the value of their homes rose in December, according to the House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI) from Knight Frank and Markit Economics...

What next for global markets?

Here Simon Webber, Lead Portfolio Manager, Global and International Equities and Bob Jolly, Head of Global Macro, both at Schroders, give their outlooks for global equities and fixed income markets going in to 2014...

2014 investment outlook from BlackRock

Risk assets such as stocks and corporate bonds have further to run in 2014, even as a global tide of easy money slows, according to the BlackRock Investment Institute's 2014 Investment Outlook...

'Some way yet to go on bank bail-ins'

The European Central Bank set out details in its latest monthly bulletin of its expectations for monetary policy and inflation in 2014 and beyond...

Lack of prime space will push global retail rents higher in 2014

Retail rents in the world’s most expensive markets are expected to rise further in 2014 due to a shortage of prime available locations and a lack of new development, according to new research from global property advisor CBRE Group...

Impressive revival in UK rural economy

The rural economy is firmly in recovery as growth has spread from non-farming businesses to the farming sector, according to the latest data from the CLA and Smiths Gore...

Tougher than ever to manage personal finances

Managing our personal finances is getting harder and the move towards a cashless society could make this trend even worse, according to new research conducted by ING on behalf of financial education charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group)...

Compensation help for consumers 'ripped off by claims firms'

New legislation to help consumers challenge unfair treatment by claims management companies (CMCs) is a valuable step forwards, according to Citizens Advice...

'Millions worse off after raid on universal credit'

A £600million reduction in support will leave millions of working families worse off by 2017 by reducing the amount they can earn before their Universal Credit payment is withdrawn, according to new analysis from independent think tank the Resolution Foundation...

Renter debt woes spell trouble for landlords

The latest figures highlighted by The Money Charity indicate that increasing numbers are struggling to keep up with paying their rent each month...

Billions wasted due to growth of in-work poverty

The rising number of working people living in poverty is causing the Government to spend billions more than planned on social security, according to a new TUC report...

Where to consider investing in 2014

On the eve of its third birthday, Stuart Reeve, co-fund manager of BlackRock’s BGF Global Equity Income Fund, reflects on the last three years, discussing where he currently sees opportunities in the global equity market and shares his outlook expectations for 2014...

'Bank of England can start to plot exit route'

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to keep policy unchanged in December, leaving the bank rate on hold at 0...

Avoid being defrauded online this Christmas

The European Commission has issued the folowing tips to help people spend money safely online this Christmas: All that glisters is not gold Offers too good to be true often are too good to be true...

4 in 10 'worse off after Autumn Statement'

Despite the Chancellor hailing an era of economic growth, four in ten consumers (41%) believe that they will be worse off following last week’s Autumn Statement, according to uSwitch...

Indonesia among most appealing long-term growth propositions

Here Nicholas Cowley, Investment Manager, Global Emerging Markets at Henderson Managed Investment Trusts considers the investment potential offered by Indonesia...

Mortgage market continues to be driven by building societies

Building societies and other mutual lenders continue to be the main growth driver in the UK mortgage market with net lending of £1...



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