Markets & economy

Public spending tight for the next five years

Thursday, 03 December 2015 | News

The next five years are going to be the tightest years ever for public spending since the Second World War, according to the independent think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Is optimism returning to global markets?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

The world economy is expected to grow by 4% this year - implying growth is going to be above the long-term trend for two years in a row. This is a positive background for equities.

Barclays Capital fined by FSA over client money

Thursday, 03 December 2015 | News

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Barclays Capital £1.12 million for failing to protect and segregate on an intra-day basis client money held in sterling money market deposits.

Rising inflation: What does it mean for you?

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 | News

UK inflation rose to 3.7% in December, up from 3.3% the previous month, official figures show.

Barclays fined £7.7 million for mis-selling

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 | News

The Financial Services Authority has fined Barclays Bank £7.7 million for investment advice failures around the sale of two Aviva funds.

Interest rates must not rise in 2011, warns think tank

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 | News

The Bank of England must not raise interest rates this year, despite facing 12 months of soaring inflation, the Ernst & Young Item Club has warned.

Will interest rates rise in 2011?

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 | Article

With the Bank of England base rate remaining at a record-low of 0.5% since March 2009 the question on every saver and borrower's lips is when will interest rates start to rise.

Retail rally grinds to a halt

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | Article

Retail sales are flouting analysts' forecasts by accelerating, even in the face of the challenging economic climate.

Inflation-proof your finances

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | Article

The Bank of England's announcement that inflation hit 3.5% in January is worrying news for most of us, particularly as the cost of living continues to rise.
Inflation is measured by the...

Are you a Budget winner or loser?

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 | Article

First-time buyers
First-time buyers will not have to pay stamp duty on properties bought for less than £250,000 this financial year.
The move will save...