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Where next for interest rates and portfolios?

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has become increasingly hawkish about the prospect of hiking interest rates in the “relatively near term” with inflation running nearly one percentage point

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Companies announcing their results next week

Monday Associated British Foods (Q4 trading update) In July, the group raised expectations by saying that third quarter sales at Primark had remained strong and the overall outlook for the

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When will interest rates rise?

Tom Stevenson, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International: “It seems the bank is reluctant to rock the economic recovery by hiking rates just yet and the Bank’s view

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Will today see the return of the doves?

The last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting saw a surprise shift in the plate tectonics among policymakers, with three of eight members voting for an increase in UK interest rates.

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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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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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UK goes 10 years without a rate rise

On that date in 2007 the Monetary Policy Committee voted to increase rates to 5.75% just as the wheels were about to come off the global economy. A decade on

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Companies announcing results next week

  Tuesday United Utilities (Q4 trading update) Investors will be anticipating the normal trading in line with expectations. There may also be a comment on electricity prices. Defensive stocks underperformed

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Tips on how ISA investors can cope with rising inflation

After a long period of relatively low inflation, prices are starting to rise once again. The latest figures show prices rose by 1.8% in the year to January, closer to

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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