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Stocks outlook remains strong but signs of profit-taking emerge

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

'Apprenticeships could add £4.4bn to UK economy every year'

Research from Barclays highlights the huge potential gain to the UK economy if industries were to raise the proportion of apprentices in their workforce to 2...

UK economy hit by £600m flooding costs

One year on from some of the worst flooding in 2012, latest research by the Environment Agency reveals that last year’s record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600million...

Complexities of life in debt revealed

Almost nine million people in the UK live with serious debt problems but only 17% of this group are currently accessing advice to help with it...

Encouraging growth prospects for SMEs

Total employment in the EU SMEs is expected to increase by 0.3% and value-added by 1% as compared to 2012...

'Government not doing enough on energy prices'

With the Coalition asking the "Big Six" to freeze their prices, research reveals that 6 out of 10 UK householders think the government isn’t doing enough when it comes to energy prices...

'Accidental landlords' breaking the law

As the number of so-called “accidental landlords” remains high, AXA Business Insurance warns that many of them are simply not fulfilling their legal duties to maintain their rental properties and as a result are putting their tenants in potential danger and themselves at financial risk...

'Pay the biggest focus for investors'

Investors took a tougher stance over executive pay last year, with shareholders more likely to vote against pay reports at company AGMs and less likely to abstain when remuneration was being discussed, according to the latest TUC fund manager survey...

Confidence towards UK economy sustained at survey highs

The Lloyds Bank October Spending Power Report has found that consumer confidence sustained last month’s survey high of 121, as further improvement in the current situation offset a slight easing in perceptions about the future situation...

Technology sector generates opportunities for investors

Following Twitter’s recent floatation on the New York Stock Exchange, the latest research from the UK’s largest execution only stockbroker reveals its clients’ appetite for investing in technology stocks...

Commission tightens key EU corporate tax rules to tackle avoidance

The European Commission has proposed amendments to key EU corporate tax legislation to significantly reduce tax avoidance in Europe...

Finding the best deals for investors

Here Rob Morgan, Pension and Investments Analyst at Charles Stanley Direct considers what the future might hold for investors...

CBRE: European real estate investment continues to grow

Commercial real estate investors are showing greater appetite for risk in Europe as the overall market continues to grow and the recovery in both Ireland and Spain gathers pace, according to the latest data from global property advisor CBRE...

Multiple global giants relocate to UK

More than 60 multinational companies are looking to complete global and regional headquarter relocations into the UK in the next 18 months, according to EY...

Annual bills continue to shock UK households

British households have underestimated their main household bills – council tax, gas and electricity – by an average of £467 in the past year, according to new research from Santander Current Accounts...

Should Funding for Lending be cut back?

The Bank of England yesterday made the surprise announcement that it was changing the Funding for Lending scheme (FLS) to focus on business not mortgage borrowers...

Forest market enjoys most active year

This year's Forest Market Report, launched jointly by Savills and UPM Tilhill states that the UK's forest market has never been more active than in the last 12 months, with Scottish sales leading the way and significant growth in Wales...

Best performance since 2008 for gross mortgage lending

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending increased to £17...

UK rises up global tax system league table

The UK has bounced two places up the global ranking of effective business tax systems for the second consecutive year...

Conspiracy of silence on retirement

One in five couples over the age of 40 have avoided discussing their retirement plans in the last five years while one in 10 have never talked about it, according to new research from Prudential...



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