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European markets enjoy another solid run

Here Henderson EuroTrust provides its Manager Commentary for October... "October was a good month for European markets, in spite of a largely disappointing series of third quarter results...

House prices rise on back of soaring demand

House prices jumped once again last month as rocketing interest from would-be buyers dwarfed the amount of properties coming onto the market, according to October's RICS Residential Market Survey...

Is business investment being hit by shareholders?

Last year, there was a strong consensus that capital expenditure would contribute to global growth in 2013...

'Investing must be made easier or investment companies will fail consumers'

Overuse of investment jargon will ultimately deter investors from making important financial decisions...

Record increase in optimism among smaller UK manufacturers

Optimism about the business situation rose at the fastest pace since records began in 1988 among small and medium-sized manufacturers, on the back of improving demand and output, according to the CBI’s latest SME Trends Survey...

What are the real benefits of salary exchange?

While auto-enrolment looks to ensure that all employees have a pension scheme in place, only around two-thirds of members in defined contribution schemes with twelve members or more currently have a salary sacrifice scheme available to them...

Rental market set to become more tenant-friendly?

Demand for the Government’s flagship Help to Buy Scheme coupled with an expected rise in interest rates could be the catalyst for the buy-to-let sector becoming more tenant-friendly, according to Landlord Assist...

Crisis over retirement savings for young

Future retirement shortfalls among employed young adults between the ages of 20 and 29 will likely be due to a lack of opportunity to save, rather than lack of will...

Changes to ASB legislation 'could have catastrophic results'

Proposed amendments to new crime and anti-social behaviour legislation could have catastrophic results for some victims, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing...

Can investors benefit from rising energy prices?

Here Ben Yearsley, Head of Investment Research at Charles Stanley Direct, considers the potential upside of price increases...

Taxman names and shames cheats

Names of tax cheats have been published on the HMRC website. According to HMRC, publishing the names of deliberate tax defaulters ensures everyone pays their fair share, creates a level playing field for honest people and businesses, and cracks down on the minority who seek to evade tax...

Steep fall in UK inflation surprises experts

Here, Azad Zangana, European Economist at Schroders, considers the latest Consumer Price Index report from the Office of National Statistics...

Employment rates rise but job quality close to 20-year low

Record levels of under-employment and the longest real wage squeeze in over a century have left job quality close to a 20-year low, despite the recent rise in employment, according to the TUC’s job quality index...

Fewer mortgage arrears and repossessions recorded

The latest survey results from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show a further fall in the number of mortgages in arrears, as well as the number of repossessions, in the third quarter of the year...

8.8 million households would not last a week on savings

More than a third of people in the UK – around 8.8 million households – only have £250 or less set aside as a financial safety net, according to HSBC research...

Deflation sees shop prices fall again

Overall shop prices reported annual deflation for the sixth consecutive month in October, deepening to 0...

'Investment ideas for a two-speed economy'

Here Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s Global Chief Investment Strategist, provides his latest weekly commentary...

New national tax information exchange agreed

The UK has signed an automatic tax information sharing agreement with the Cayman Islands. Following the commitment of all the Overseas Territories earlier this year to sign such agreements, the Cayman Islands are the first Overseas Territory to formalise their agreement with the UK...

Half of Britons forced to cut back to makes ends meet

One in two people have cut back on spending over the past year to makes ends meet, according to retirement income specialist MGM Advantage...

Shock property crisis revealed

A Shelter investigation has revealed "shocking" conditions experienced by homeless families, as Government figures show that 80,000 children in Britain will be homeless this Christmas...



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