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Silver price is ready for recovery

The silver price, which at £11.205 (US$18.76) is less than half of its high of $48 an ounce set in 2011, could be set for a rebound according to industry

Alternative Investments , News

Bordeaux sees sales surge from Asia and US

Bordeaux Index (BI), a global fine wine merchant and trader, reports fresh optimism for the Fine Wine market, as Bordeaux enjoys a surge in trading originating from Asia and USA.

News , Property , Small Caps

Number of first time buyers increases 7.8% in April

The number of first-time buyers grew 7.8% in the month to April and 46.9% year-on-year, despite the introduction of MMR, according to the latest First Time Buyer Opinion Barometer from


Premium Bonds investment limit increases to £40,000

National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has increased the investment limit on Premium Bonds from £30,000 to £40,000. It also announced that the number of £1 million prizes offer will double

Alternative Investments , News

Crowdfunding: investors must stay vigilant

Crowdfunding seems to take big strides forward with each week that passes. Hardly a day goes by without some new creative project, social enterprise, cool startup, small medium sized enterprise


Number of IPOs up 104%

The latest weekly figures from the London Stock Exchange show that from 1 January to 23 May, there were 55 IPOs that raised £7.7bn. Compared to the same period in


Lloyds Bank to float TSB

Lloyds Bank has announced it is to float 25% of its TSB subsidiary next month with small investors offered free shares for investing. Private investors are being offered one free

Funds , News

Understanding investment trust valuations

So much has been written in the financial pages this year about investment company ‘discounts’, in particular, the fact that they are currently at record lows. Why all the interest?


Broker views on Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer’s full year results have been disappointing with a fall in underlying pre-tax profits of 3.9%, blamed largely on the clothing division. On an underlying level, making adjustments


Gross mortgage lending continues to grow in April

Gross mortgage lending reached an estimated £16.6 billion in April, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) – a leap of 36% compared with April 2013 (£12.2 billion). This