Markets & economy

Budget 2014: preview

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | News

Chancellor George Osborne will soon be heading to the House of Commons to deliver his budget, so Moneywise has asked the experts what we can expect from his statement and how any announcements might affect you and your...

Chancellor urged to cut waste and taxes in Budget

Thursday, 13 March 2014 | News

George Osborne must declare a "war on waste" by cutting unnecessary spending as well as cut taxes to ease the cost of living, a leading pressure group has said.

UK inflation falls to four-year low

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | News

The UK's inflation rate has fallen to below the 2% target set by the Bank of England for the first time in more than four years.

UK dividends could top £100 billion in 2014

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | News

Dividends payouts by UK companies could reach more than £100 billion this year, with the average equity yielding 4.2%.

Inflation falls to 2% target

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | News

Inflation has fallen to its target level of 2% for the first time since November 2009, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Npower to pay £3.5m after misleading consumers

Friday, 20 December 2013 | News

Energy firm Npower is to pay £3.5 million, after energy regulator Ofgem found the firm had "breached energy sales rules on the doorstep and over the phone". The money will be used to help vulnerable consumers, Ofgem said.

Farepak auditors E&Y fined £1.2m by regulator

Thursday, 19 December 2013 | News

Ernst & Young (EY) has been fined almost 1.2m for failings linked to the collapse of Christmas savings club Farepak, which wiped pout the savings of thousands of families.

Wage rises still failing to keep pace with inflation

Thursday, 12 December 2013 | News

Pay rises have failed to keep pace with inflation for the fifth year in a row, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland fined £28m

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | News

Lloyds TSB Bank and Bank of Scotland have been fined more than £28 million by the City regulator for "serious failings in their controls" over sales incentive schemes.

Autumn Statement 2013: winners and losers

Thursday, 05 December 2013 | News

The chancellor’s 2013 Autumn Statement was full of rhetoric and bluster designed to create a feel-good, positive impression of how the...