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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...

'London home values will continue to increase through 2014'

London property prices will continue to dwarf those in the rest of the UK in 2014, but the rate of growth is expected to stabilise, according to estate agent Marsh & Parsons...

'M&A to get shot in the arm from pharmaceutical companies'

2014 is set to be a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions across the life sciences industry as corporates seek to take advantage of new technologies and innovation, according to KPMG...

Career change sparks retirement revolution

Almost half (49%) of the nation’s retirees are sparking a retirement revolution by transforming the end of their working lives, with almost one in 10 (8%) choosing to change careers and one in 20 starting their own business...

Shocking state of UK poverty revealed

For the first time, there are more people in working families living below the poverty line (6.7 million) than in workless and retired families in poverty combined (6...

Property prices rise at fastest rate for 3 years

UK house prices are rising at their fastest rate for three years, according to the latest data from LSL Property Services...

Another boost to UK jobs market

The number of people placed in permanent and temporary/contract roles continued to rise in November, according to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG Report on Jobs...

Manufacturing to support strong Q4 but trade still weak

The UK’s trade deficit stood at £2.6billion in October, unchanged from September, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

Strong US employment growth - but no taper yet

Latest data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that employment in the US increased by 203,000 in November, beating consensus expectations that 183,000 new jobs would be created in November...

3 scenarios for 2014 and investment strategies poised to benefit

Here Stephen Cohen, Chief Investment Strategist for iShares EMEA, looks at three possible scenarios for the global economy in 2014 and pinpoints equity and fixed income strategies for investors to consider in these instances...

'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...



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