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How to use your garden to increase the value of your property 

How to use your garden to increase the value of your property 

21 May 2015

A recent visit to the Chelsea Flower Show has caused me to ponder upon the question of how a garden can play a part in enhancing the value of a property.  

Online vs. traditional estate agents: which should I use to sell my house 

Online vs. traditional estate agents: which should I use to sell my house 

19 May 2015

Recently the discussion around the respective merits of online vs. traditional agents has heated up again, with each claiming to offer more value than the other. 

Schroders: Investors shouldn't be concerned about deflation coming to the UK 

Schroders: Investors shouldn't be concerned about deflation coming to the UK 

19 May 2015

The announcement this morning that the UK entered deflation for the first time in 55 years in April should not concern investors, according to Azad Zagana, senior European economist at Schroders.

What is the most important consideration when selling your home 

What is the most important consideration when selling your home 

18 May 2015

Buying and selling property can be a headache and many sellers find that they do not achieve the asking price they initially wanted. Property booms and crashes can be blamed for this in part, but is it simply the case that sellers are overpricing their properties?

Mark Carney: Investors should be 'relaxed' about the prospects of deflation coming to the UK  

Mark Carney: Investors should be 'relaxed' about the prospects of deflation coming to the UK  

13 May 2015

UK inflation remained at 0 per cent in March, and Mark Carney cut his forecast for UK economic growth this year and next, but the Bank of England governor feels that investors shouldn’t worry if deflation comes to Britain in the coming year.

Woodford: The outlook for the UK economy in the next five years is 'subdued'

Woodford: The outlook for the UK economy in the next five years is 'subdued'

11 May 2015

The recent outperformance of the UK economy hasn’t been particularly impressive in terms of quality or sustainability, and growth for the coming years is likely to be very moderate, according to Stephen Lamacraft, co manager with Neil Woodford on the high performing CF Woodford Equity Income fund. 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Today's steep fall in the pace of UK growth is no reason for 'undue pessimism', but interest rates aren't rising anytime soon 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Today's steep fall in the pace of UK growth is no reason for 'undue pessimism', but interest rates aren't rising anytime soon 

28 Apr 2015

A surprisingly steep fall in the level of increase of UK GDP this morning is not a reason for investors to be unduly concerned, according to Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Standard Life: UK income investors should continue to focus on commercial property

Standard Life: UK income investors should continue to focus on commercial property

28 Apr 2015

Despite rising prices in the asset and falling certainty surrounding the UK at present, income investors should still ‘find it hard to look past’ commercial property in the coming years, according to Dr. Andrew Milligan, head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments. 

 

UK avoids sinking into deflation in March, but marked decline in core inflation paints bleak picture for the economy 

UK avoids sinking into deflation in March, but marked decline in core inflation paints bleak picture for the economy 

14 Apr 2015

Despite the expectations of some economists, the UK continued to avoid deflation in March, but the core inflation measure, which is a barometer of forward looking economic activity, fell to its lowest level for nine years.

Stephanie Flanders: Now is the time to invest in Japan

Stephanie Flanders: Now is the time to invest in Japan

8 Apr 2015

Investors across the world have been besmirched by a battalion of false dawns over recent decades, but the fundamentals mean that now is the time to invest in Japan, according to Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC economics editor who is now chief market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management. 

Standard Life: Investors will have to get used to the idea that low growth is the 'new normal'

Standard Life: Investors will have to get used to the idea that low growth is the 'new normal'

8 Apr 2015

Whilst the monetary policies of the European Central Bank have helped to keep the economic recovery in the UK astride a solid footing, investors should prepare for a sustained period of time where economic growth is at a lower level than it was before the economic crisis, according to Andrew Milligan, head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments. 

Free What Investment guide to investment trusts for income launched

Free What Investment guide to investment trusts for income launched

1 Apr 2015

Regularly on this site and in our magazine, we discussed how several of the sectors which have been a traditional haven for investors whose priority is income, notably, banks, supermarkets, oil companies and mining stocks, could all very easily be put in the doghouse by private investors right now.

Liontrust: The best way to invest to protect yourself from the fall in sterling as the general election looms 

Liontrust: The best way to invest to protect yourself from the fall in sterling as the general election looms 

1 Apr 2015

Stephen Bailey, manager of the Liontrust Macro UK Growth fund, believes that the direction of travel for sterling in the coming year is rather predictable, and has outlined the strategy investors should employ to capitalize on the movement in the currency.

Stephanie Flanders: The best way for investors to protect themselves from a UK interest rate rise

Stephanie Flanders: The best way for investors to protect themselves from a UK interest rate rise

26 Mar 2015

Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC economics editor who is now chief market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management has outlined the ways UK investors can protect themselves from rising interest rates in the coming years.

Hargreaves Lansdown: Britain being on the cusp of deflation means interest rates won't rise until 'Mid 2016 at the earliest' 

Hargreaves Lansdown: Britain being on the cusp of deflation means interest rates won't rise until 'Mid 2016 at the earliest' 

24 Mar 2015

The announcement this morning by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that the UK recorded 0 per cent inflation in the year to February 2015 is likely to mean that deflation comes to the UK in the coming months, and delay the prospects for an interest rate rise until well into next year, according to Ben Bretlell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown. 

Stephanie Flanders: The five reasons why investors should be looking to the Eurozone right now 

Stephanie Flanders: The five reasons why investors should be looking to the Eurozone right now 

16 Mar 2015

Whilst the Eurozone may look like a market laced with many imponderables at the present time, there are five key reasons why the market should entice investors at the present time, according to Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC Economics editor who is now chief market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management.

 

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