Markets & economy

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...

Is sterling about to bounce back?

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

After almost 18 months of widespread weakness in the face of the credit crisis and economic recession, it seems sterling might be on the mend against the dollar and the euro.


The changing face of the FTSE 100

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

Edward Menashy, chief economist at London stockbrokers Charles Stanley, thinks the FTSE 100 index - sometimes called the Footsie - is an index of shares "at the wrong address".

Is the British banking crisis really over?

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

For centuries the banks have had a reputation of stability.

Is Europe poised for recovery?

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

Markets worldwide have been soaring recently and Europe is no exception.

If you learn one thing from the recession...

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

People have short memories, which is why the impact of the recession has come as such a shock to many.

Will the Budget leave you richer or poorer?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

Alistair Darling’s 2009 Budget, his second as chancellor, was eagerly anticipated, diligently followed, and heavily criticised.

Where next for interest rates?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

Before the economic downturn, few people paid much attention to the base rate - the official rate of interest set by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Why are taxpayers footing the bill for banks’ losses?

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

The government has unveiled details of its second banking bail-out scheme, which will see the Treasury take a proportion of toxic debt off banks' balance sheets, technically insuring firms against future losses.