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Credit card debt growth fears

More than one in three credit card customers do not clear their debts or believe they will not clear them despite taking out zero per cent balance transfer deals, according to new findings from independent market research firm Consumer Intelligence...

Donors would boycott charities which fail to file financial information

More than three-quarters of adults (76%) would not donate to a charity which had failed to submit its financial accounts and returns to the Charity Commission, according to an independent ICM poll commissioned by the charity regulator and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), the self-regulatory body for UK fundraising...

UK hotel sector shows more signs of improvement

The hotel sector has been boosted by the improving economic backdrop, according to PwC analysis. While 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster for London, after a slow start and tough Olympic comparisons over the summer, the capital has recovered well and performed better then PwC anticipated earlier in the year...

ECB asset quality review to throw up some ‘failures and surprises’

KPMG’s EMA head of financial services, Bill Michael, believes the European Central Bank’s asset quality review will be the single biggest challenge facing European banks in 2014...

Greater funding for residential development expected for 2014

The residential development funding landscape has changed markedly over the last year, becoming more accessible than at any time since the financial downturn, according to Knight Frank...

Sterling set to rise as UK employment increases

Sterling is set to rise in the light of a strong UK employment report, according to foreign exchange firm, Halo Financial...

200,000 homes at risk of repossession

1 in every 105 households in England is at risk of repossession or eviction, according to new statistics released by Shelter...

When will the tide turn for gold equities?

Here Rob Morgan, Pension and Investments Analyst at Charles Stanley Direct, considers what next for the markets...

Global growth forecast, Europe's recovery and BRIC stagflation

Here Keith Wade, Chief Economist, Azad Zangana, European Economist, and Craig Botham, Emerging Markets Economist, all at Schroders give their current views on the global, European and Emerging Markets economies...

Smart saving can stop inflation eating into funds

Savers who have left £10,000 in a low interest account over the past four years could have seen their money erode in value by more than £1000 because of the effects of inflation...

Tight finances force millions into major sacrifices

Nearly two-thirds of adults in the UK have been forced to make a substantial sacrifice, either financial or in their personal circumstances, because their family finances are stretched...

UK SME population hits post-recession high

The UK now has the most SMEs in business since before the downturn after two successive years of growth...

London is now world's most expensive office market

London’s West End unseated Hong Kong-Central as the world’s highest-priced office market, but Asia continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations, accounting for four of the top five markets, according to CBRE Global Research and Consulting’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey...

Phantom insurance catches out drivers

Drivers are being warned about the risk of "ghost brokers" when insuring their car online...

Rent arrears revealed as UK's fastest growing debt problem

Rent arrears are the fastest growing debt problem in the UK, according to national debt advice charity the Money Advice Trust...

Investment year in review

Here Andrew Wilson, head of investment, Towry, offers his verdict on the last 12 months... 2013 has seen the four-year bull market in US equities extend, and even accelerate; dragging many other stock markets along with it...

Mortgage market growth to continue through 2014

The housing and mortgage markets look set to continue to show greater levels of activity in 2014, according to the latest forecasts from the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

Variety of sources needed for retirement income

After a year-long study into the consumer experience of buying an annuity, the Financial Services Consumer Panel concluded that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers and urged a review...

What’s in store for Asia in 2014?

Here, Michael Kerley - Fund Manager, Henderson Far East Income, considers what the next 12 months might hold...

Secret debts that wreck families

More than one fifth of UK adults have secret debts they’re hiding from their partners or family, according to research for debt advice and solutions provider Debt Advisory Centre...



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