Login

News

News in Review

“We need to move forward together”  After a historic landslide victory for the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer became the seventh Labour Prime Minister on Friday. Securing a massive 412 seats, the incoming Prime Minister spoke outside 10 Downing Street for the first time, declaring “Our country has voted decisively for change, for national renewal […]

Read More
Don’t score an own goal: check your pension is protected

Football presenter Jeff Stelling has warned people to be on the ball and check their pension protection in a new campaign by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).  Every year, the FSCS receives thousands of claims from people who have lost money from their pensions when their financial providers have gone out of business. The […]

Read More
Brighter outlook for global economy as inflation eases 

At times in the past two years, it seemed to some that inflation would never come down. Double-digit inflation became routine. Now, with price rises back near normal levels, optimism is returning to financial markets.  Disinflation diaries  Inflation has fallen well below the multi-decade highs witnessed in many countries since 2022. In response, central banks […]

Read More
Positive news for UK dividends, but will it continue?

Dividend investors have been rewarded so far in 2024, with payouts from UK shares rising by 4.9% in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 20231.  The data tracks dividend payouts from 900 UK companies and comes as good news for income seekers. Computershare upgraded their headline forecast from […]

Read More
News in Review

“With consumer demand on shaky ground, an incoming government can help business by ensuring that the UK is the most attractive place to start, grow and run a business”  New retail data from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has highlighted a softening in retail sales in June, with a similar expectation for July, as […]

Read More
Economic Review – June 2024

Prospect of rate cut moves closer  While last month once again saw the Bank of England (BoE) leave interest rates unchanged at a 16-year high, the minutes to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting signalled a notable change in tone and economists now view a rate cut as the most likely outcome when the […]

Read More
Get mortgage-ready this summer 

Do you have hopes to buy? Whether you’re looking to get on, move up or down the ladder, your property dreams are possible with a little preparation. Here’s how you can get yourself mortgage-ready this summer.  Check your credit score  Lenders will inspect your credit report for evidence that you can meet the mortgage repayments. […]

Read More
Brighter days ahead

This year, summer brings hope of a better financial future as inflationary pressures recede and the economy continues to grow. It could therefore be an ideal opportunity to prioritise a range of pension-related issues in order to ensure brighter days do lie ahead.  Pension withdrawals up  Many people have faced significant financial challenges over the […]

Read More
News in Review 

“Taking the action wasn’t always easy, but we’ve got there and inflation is back to target”  Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that for the first time in almost three years, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation had returned to the 2% target in the 12 months to May, […]

Read More
Residential Property Review – June 2024 

Housing market update  The UK housing market continues to show modest signs of recovery, according to the latest data from Savills.   Despite some house price growth, a significant upturn is considered unlikely until mortgage affordability improves.   Buyer activity continues to improve, as the number of sales agreed in May was 10% higher than the 2017-2019 […]

Read More