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Viewpoint: Fixed mortgage rates to rise

Following minutes revealing the Monetary Policy Committee’s views on interest rates published yesterday UK gilt yields spiked up sharply. As a direct knock-on, the closing rate for 5-year swap rates


Number of advisers rises after commission ban

Figures out today from the Financial Conduct Authority revealed that in July 2013 there were 32,690 retail investment advisers working in the UK. The number of advisers has risen from


Investors bullish on US stocks

Hargreaves Lansdown’s monthly survey showed investor confidence rose in July to 121 from 116 in June. The index has recovered strongly from its all-time low of 61 which it reached

News , Small Caps

Viewpoint: Interest rates may rise sooner than expected

This morning 10-year UK government gilt yields hit a two year high of 2.63%, climbing from last night’s close at 2.6% – a peak not seen since October 2011. A


Ethical funds outperform market average

The latest survey from Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts also revealed ethical funds outperformed UK Index Trackers (23%) and the FTSE 100 (18%). Over three years ethical fund returns have

News , Small Caps

How to save for university fees

For those left to carry the financial burden of a degree entirely on their shoulders through a student loan, the real cost could potentially be significantly higher than £50,000 once


Buy-to-let yields strongest in North, Midlands and Wales

The average yield across the UK was 6.1% for the month – no change from June. Four plus bedroom properties saw the greatest increase in average monthly rents in July


Fund managers favour US and Japan over China

July’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey suggested sentiment towards China has continued to worsen with net 65% of regional panellists now believing the country’s economy will weaken

Alternative Investments , News , Small Caps

House prices may rise up to 10% by 2014

His prediction comes on the back of the latest RICS survey released this morning showing its strongest reading since the housing boom of 2006. During July, the number of potential

News , Tax Efficient Investing

Cash savings outlook bleak as inflation hits 2.8%

To beat inflation a basic rate taxpayer at 20% needs to find a savings account paying 3.50% per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40% needs an account paying