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Standard Life: UK interest rates are likely to rise in February 2016 

Standard Life: UK interest rates are likely to rise in February 2016 

29 Jul 2015

Although the rate of acceleration of UK GDP growth has slowed since last year, the economic picture remains healthy and is likely to mean that UK interest rates rise from their current artificially low levels February 2016, according to James McCann UK economist at Standard Life Investments.

UK interest rates likely to rise 'early next year' as latest GDP data paints positive picture 

UK interest rates likely to rise 'early next year' as latest GDP data paints positive picture 

28 Jul 2015

The latest UK GDP data, released this morning, indicates that the UK economy grew 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of this year, bringing the first rise in UK interest rate sharply into view, according to Azad Zangana, senior European economist at Schroders. 

The best way to maximise your income from a buy-to-let property 

The best way to maximise your income from a buy-to-let property 

23 Jul 2015

Due to the increasing cost of living, many professionals are turning to professional rooms lets in HMO’s (Houses of Multiple Occupancy*), where they are said to save an estimated 77%** more than those who rent alone.  What does this entail? Tenants who live in shared housing are able to save more partly because of the lower rental costs. Most of the HMOs come with all bills included, which also means that tenants feel comfortable knowing exactly what they will pay each month, rather than dread that long due winter gas bill.

The gold price is likely to stay lower for a long time, according to prominent analyst 

The gold price is likely to stay lower for a long time, according to prominent analyst 

21 Jul 2015

Whilst the recent ‘flash crash’ in the gold price was at least partly driven by short-term factors, the medium term investment case for the asset is profoundly unappealing, according to Jason Hollands, managing director at Tilney Bestinvest.

Investors' should remain 'sceptical' about prospect of UK interest rates rising in 2015 despite Mark Carney's latest speech 

Investors' should remain 'sceptical' about prospect of UK interest rates rising in 2015 despite Mark Carney's latest speech 

17 Jul 2015

In a speech which has shocked many parts the market, Bank of England governor Mark Carney signalled last night that UK interest rates could rise ‘around the turn of the year’, but rather than adjusting their investment perspective, readers should retain a cautious outlook on when rates could rise, according to Alastair McCaig, market analyst at stockbroker IG. 

Stephanie Flanders: How investors should prepare themselves for the volatility that is coming in the second half of 2015 

Stephanie Flanders: How investors should prepare themselves for the volatility that is coming in the second half of 2015 

15 Jul 2015

Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC economics editor who is now chief markets strategist for JP Morgan, believes that investors need to expect less in terms of return in the second half of this year as further turbulence lies in wait for investors. 

Hargreaves Lansdown: What today's rise in UK unemployment tells us about the real health of the UK economy 

Hargreaves Lansdown: What today's rise in UK unemployment tells us about the real health of the UK economy 

15 Jul 2015

This morning’s announcement that UK unemployment rate rose to 5.6 per cent for the three months to the end of May, from the previous 5.5 per cent should not unduly concern investors, according to Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Is now the right time to invest in Japan?

Is now the right time to invest in Japan?

15 Jul 2015

Old Mutual Global Investors head of multi asset investing John Ventre ponders whether Japan is the right market to be invested in as various central bank policies play out over the coming years 

Fidelity: What UK inflation means for UK savers and investors

Fidelity: What UK inflation means for UK savers and investors

14 Jul 2015

The latest data released by the Office of National Statistics this morning showed that the UK had inflation of zero per cent in June, is a boost consumer spending, but is bad news for savers, according to Maike Currie, associate investment director at Fidelity Personal investing.

Stephanie Flanders: What the Greek 'deal' means for for UK investors  

Stephanie Flanders: What the Greek 'deal' means for for UK investors  

13 Jul 2015

Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC Economics editor who is now chief market strategist for JP Morgan Asset Management has disclosed what she believes will be the implications for UK investors of the deal reached between Greece and it’s creditors this morning. 

M&G: What the latest Greek 'deal' means for UK investors 

M&G: What the latest Greek 'deal' means for UK investors 

13 Jul 2015

Eurozone equity and bond markets have rallied this morning as news seeped through to investors that a deal to resolve the Greek crisis has occurred, but future political and market volatility is ‘inevitable’, according to Jim Leaviss, head of retail fixed interest at M&G. 

Neil Woodford: What the turmoil in Greece means for UK investors 

Neil Woodford: What the turmoil in Greece means for UK investors 

10 Jul 2015

Star equity income fund manager Neil Woodford has outlined what he thinks the consequences for UK investors might be of the present turmoil in Greece. 

Standard Life Investments: Why Eurozone and Japese equities are better value than US shares for income investors right now

Standard Life Investments: Why Eurozone and Japese equities are better value than US shares for income investors right now

9 Jul 2015

Dr. Andrew Milligan, head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments, believes that income investors should focus on Europe and Japan in the coming months, whilst been a tad more cautious on commercial property. 

George Osborne's July 2015 Budget: Read the full transcript here 

George Osborne's July 2015 Budget: Read the full transcript here 

8 Jul 2015

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his latest budget to the House of Commons this afternoon. The full speech is below 

What are the best locations to buy an investment property abroad?

What are the best locations to buy an investment property abroad?

8 Jul 2015

Many folks dream of retiring to sunnier or overseas climb, but with the palllet of available countries in which an investor can buy a property expanding, and the number of available buyers from across the globe also rising-where can the value be found?

Hargeaves Lansdown: George Osborne's proposed 2015 budget inheritance tax changes are a 'nonsense'

Hargeaves Lansdown: George Osborne's proposed 2015 budget inheritance tax changes are a 'nonsense'

6 Jul 2015

The proposed changes to the inheritance system to be announced by chancellor George Osborne in his budget this Wednesday over-complicate matters and are a ‘nonsense’ according to Danny Cox, chartered financial planner at Hargreaves Lansdown.