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Will rising consumer debt affect interest rates?

Money is cheap, so is it really a surprise that the Bank of England voiced its concerns last week over rising consumer debt levels in the UK? Well, actually it

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Companies announcing results next week

Monday HSBC (Q2 results) The performance of the shares over the last 12-months has been impressive. This combined with an attractive dividend yield of 5% means that investors have been

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2017 bank results preview

Bank results are upon us once again, kicking off today with Lloyds. Below is a quick rundown of how things stand and what we can expect from each of the

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No rate rises while UK growth remains sluggish

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the UK economy saw a small pick-up in GDP growth, but the overall environment remains sluggish. The preliminary estimate shows

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IMF downgrades UK growth – what does this mean for investors?

The IMF is now estimating that the UK economy will grow at 1.7% this year, from 2.0% previously estimated. Such a projection could be made to look way too optimistic

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Companies announcing results next week

Monday Reckitt Benckiser (Q2 results) It has been an eventful few months for Reckitt with the $17.9bn acquisition of US baby-food maker Mead Johnson, a cyber-attack which led the company

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Government reintroduces plan to cut dividend tax break

Around 90,000 investors using dividends to fund their retirement could be hit by a reduction in the dividend tax allowance, when new legislation comes into effect in April 2018. The

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Companies announcing results next week

  Tuesday Rio Tinto (Q2 results) The Q1 trading update was a bit of a disappointment as production of copper fell short of market expectations, partly down to uncontrollable weather

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A new recruit to the dividend heroes club

Invesco Income Growth has increased its dividend for the 20th consecutive year, bringing the total number of the AIC’s ‘dividend heroes’ to 21, meaning there are now 21 investment companies

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Companies announcing results next week

Tuesday Marks & Spencer (Q1 trading update) There’s been a lot of focus on the retail sector in recent times as inflation has risen and there have been signs of