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Companies announcing their results next week

Monday Associated British Foods (Q2 trading update) The market will be focused on the performance of value clothing chain Primark given recent updates indicating that sales growth has slowed sharply

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Budget 2017 – 10 end of tax year saving tips

Recent Budgets and Autumn Statements have brought much cheer for the investor with the introduction of the pension freedoms, Lifetime ISA, dividend allowance, increases to ISA allowances, and reductions in

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Lloyds’ annual profits hit 10-year high

Today Lloyds reported Q4 profits despite being faced with restructuring costs, beating the consensus of analyst expectations. Indeed, investors should appreciate that Britain’s biggest mortgage lender stated that pre-tax profits

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HSBC reports surprise drop in Q4

HSBC’s full year results, out this morning, show adjusted profit for the year was down 1.2% at $19.3bn. The bank’s Q4 earnings had been predicted at around $3.7bn but instead

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Property investors brace themselves for tax changes

Landlords are increasing rents (24%), maintaining their current supply of properties without buying more (21%) and are selling some of their properties (16%). John Heron, managing director at Paragon Mortgages,

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Companies announcing their results next week

Monday Companies reporting today include: Hammerson (Q4 results) Tuesday BHP Billiton (Q2 results) The latest production figures showed the company making good operational progress across a range of commodities with

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ISA investors jump on the Brexit bandwagon

Sector analysis within ISAs is always very interesting as it gives an insight into investor activity on a general basis. Interestingly, in 2016 the most popular sector, based on the

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Expect no Bank action following inflation rise

The rate of inflation in the UK continued its rise in January according to this week’s figures from the Office for National Statistics. The CPI measure rose to 1.8% which

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Equity market ripe for leadership change

The stock market is hypersensitive to economic data and the business-friendly freebies dangled by President Donald Trump. But Trump-mania is likely to fade as the watered-down realities of budget negotiations

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Investor confidence rises for third consecutive month

It now stands at a level of 80 points, up from a record low of 59 in October but still below its long run average of 100. Laith Khalaf, senior