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November 15, 2011

Savings tops list of financial worries

by Jan Harris
Savings tops list of financial worries
There has been a substantial increase in the number of people worried about their finances over the past six months and savings are the main area of concern. A survey by financial advice site unbiased.co.uk discovered that 47 per cent of British people are more concerned about their savings than they were six months ago. Savings was the main worry for ...




November 14, 2011

Santander launches Inflation Linked Savings Bond

by Jan Harris
Santander UK has announced a new savings bond designed for people who want to inflation-proof their savings. The six-year Inflation Linked Savings Bond will pay the percentage rise in the Retail Price Index (RPI) when it matures, on top of the saver’s initial deposit. Savers can invest between £500 to £2 million in the bond and with the RPI currently standing at 5.2 per cent while the Bank of England ...




November 11, 2011

Low base rate could cost savers £43bn

by Jan Harris
Low base rate could cost savers £43bn
Campaign group Save our Savers today revealed the cost to savers of the Bank of England’s decision to hold the base rate at 0.5% for the 33rd successive month. The group estimates that the low interest rate combined with a retail price index at 5.6 per cent, its highest level for 20 years, and a consumer prices index rate of ...




November 7, 2011

Halifax and Nationwide launch new ISAs

by Jan Harris
Halifax and Nationwide launch new ISAs
Halifax has improved its ISA offering with a better return on its five year fixed rate product. The ISA now pays 4.4 per cent, strengthening its position as the market leading long term fixed rate ISA. The product is an excellent option for savers who do not mind their savings being tied up for the five-year period. However, savers wishing to make ...




November 3, 2011

NS&I to cease selling via Post Office

by Kay Mitchell
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From November 28, National Savings and Investments (NS&I) will cease selling its accounts via the Post Office. It has been announced that the Government-backed NS&I will no longer sell investment or easy access savings accounts over the counter at the Post Office. NS&I runs Premium Bonds and a variety of savings products. However, from the end of the month, its savings accounts will ...




November 1, 2011

Scope launches £20m bond programme

by Kay Mitchell
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Disability charity Scope is to launch a £20 million bond programme to produce a new source of funds for its charitable activities. The move will see the charity become one of the first in the UK to enter the capital markets. The charity will team up with Investing for Good, a specialist social finance intermediary, in order to pilot the scheme. As ...




October 18, 2011

Euro debt crisis impacts on Goldman Sachs Q3 results

by Kay Mitchell
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US banking giant Goldman Sachs has today reported a fall in third quarter profits. Goldman Sachs, which is the US’ largest investment bank, made a net loss of $393 million (£250 million) for the third quarter compared with profits of $1.9 billion a year earlier. The bank said trading was "significantly impacted" by the euro zone debt crisis and uncertainty ...




October 17, 2011

BP gains on spill settlement

by Elaine Frei
BP gains on spill settlement
European equities markets were lower Monday after a spokesman for the German government said a quick solution to the Eurozone debt crisis will not emerge from a meeting of European leaders scheduled for 23 October, after a plan for a solution was discussed over the weekend by G20 finance ministers and central bank leaders. No details of the weekend discussions were released. The FTSE ...




October 14, 2011

Man Group, Jupiter Fund Management advance

by Elaine Frei
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European equities markets were higher Friday, with gains coming on hopes for a solution to the region's debt crisis as the G20 finance ministers meet in Paris to discuss the crisis and a rescue plan that could cause holders of Greek bonds to take bigger losses. The gains came despite the third credit rating cut in three years for Spain from Standard and Poor's. The FTSE 100 was ...




October 13, 2011

Rolls-Royce group up on sale

by Elaine Frei
Rolls-Royce group up on sale
European equities markets were lower Thursday after a warning from the European Central Bank, which said that making financial institutions that hold Greek bonds absorb more losses could imperil financial stability in the Eurozone, while markets were also hurt by data that exports from China were up 17.1 percent in September from last year, less of a gain than expected. The FTSE 100 ...




October 12, 2011

Ferrexpo leads London miners higher

by Elaine Frei
Ferrexpo leads London miners higher
European equities markets were higher Wednesday after both the European Commission President and the European Union's Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner said that banks need to be shored up as part of the answer to solving the Eurozone's debt crisis, but gains came only after earlier declines on a delay in Slovakia's approval of a Eurozone bailout fund after a vote on ...




October 11, 2011

Retailer Mothercare adds 9 percent

by Elaine Frei
Retailer Mothercare adds 9 percent
Most equities markets in Europe were lower Tuesday as questions remained about whether Slovakia will ratify the newly revised Eurozone bailout fund in a vote scheduled for later in the day. Slovakia is the only Eurozone nation that has not approved the new plan. The FTSE 100 was down 0.06 percent to 5,395.7 in London, but the FTSE 250 added 0.14 percent to 10,155.1. The ...




October 10, 2011

ARM Holdings best on 100

by Elaine Frei
ARM holdings best on 100
Equities markets in Europe were higher Monday, with gains coming on a promise by Germany's chancellor and France's president that they will create a plan to recapitalize banks and find solutions to the region's debt crisis as they said they will have the plan worked out by a G20 summit scheduled for 3 November. The FTSE 100 was up 1.8 percent to 5,399 ...




October 7, 2011

RBS down on Moody’s downgrade

by Elaine Frei
RBS down on Moody's downgrade
European equities markets were higher in mid-afternoon trade Friday, helped by data from the US Labor Department that showed 103,000 jobs added to the US economy, more than expected, while the unemployment rate in the United States held steady at 9.1 percent. The FTSE 100 was up 0.16 percent to 5,299.77 in London at mid-afternoon, while the FTSE 250 had added 0.32 percent ...




October 6, 2011

Insurer Prudential adds nearly 12 percent

by Elaine Frei
Insurer Prudential adds nearly 12 percent
European equities markets were higher Thursday after the European Central Bank and Bank of England both held interest rates steady, at 1.5 percent and at 0.5 percent respectively, while the ECB said it will restart covered-bond purchases and again offer year-long loans to banks, while the Bank of England will expand its program of bond purchases. The FTSE 100 was up 3.71 ...




October 5, 2011

Vedanta, Ferrexpo lead 100, 250

by Elaine Frei
Vedanta, Ferrexpo lead 100, 250
Equities markets in Europe were higher Wednesday on the possibility that Eurozone finance ministers will put in place ways to protect banks from the region's debt crisis. The FTSE 100 was up 3.19 percent to 5,102.17 in London, while the FTSE 250 added 1.51 percent to 9,567.84. Miners led gains on both the 100 and the 250, with Vedanta Resources (LSE: VED) was up ...




October 4, 2011

Tesco top gainer on 100

by Elaine Frei
Tesco top gainer on 100
European equities markets were lower Tuesday on the possibility that the Greek bailout deal reached in July could be renegotiated, although the contemplated revisions are said to be of a technical nature. The FTSE 100 was down 2.58 percent to 4,944.44 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 3.33 percent to 9.425.93. Most retailers were lower, but Tesco (LSE: TSCO) added 2.59 percent to ...




October 3, 2011

Home Retail tops gainers on 250

by Elaine Frei
Home Retail tops gainers on 250
European equities markets were lower Monday on continuing concerns that the region's debt crisis will get worse and spread, with some analysts saying that another recession is on the way. The FTSE 100 was down 1.03 percent to 912.34 in London, while the FTSE 250 dropped 0.7 percent to 9,750.56, with declines coming even though manufacturing in the UK expanded slightly in ...




September 30, 2011

Fresnillo gains among mostly lower miners

by Elaine Frei
Fresnillo gains among mostly lower miners
European equities markets were lower Friday on further indications that the global economy is slowing as Chinese manufacturing activity remained in contraction, Eurozone inflation was up to 3 percent in August and German retail sales dropped 2.9 percent in August from the previous month in a much larger decline than expected. The FTSE 100 was down 1.32 percent to 5,128.48 in London, ...




September 29, 2011

Wolseley best performer on 100

by Elaine Frei
Wolseley best performer on 100
European equities markets were mostly higher Thursday on positive date from the United States, including a 1.3 percent gain in the US gross domestic product and a decline in first-time jobless claims last week, while gains were also helped after German lawmakers approved an increased contribution to a European fund to help Eurozone nations caught up in the debt crisis. Markets in London, ...