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UK inflation jumps by more than expected

This morning, the Office for National Statistics reported that UK inflation jumped to 2.3% in February, the highest level since September 2013. Rising transport costs, particularly for fuel, were the

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90,000 investors set to be caught out by dividends tax

Under measures announced in the Budget, the Tax Free Dividend Allowance will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018. This will typically affect investors with portfolios over £50,000

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Companies announcing their results next week

Tuesday EnQuest (Q4 results) The company produced good operating numbers for 2016 showing that production was up by 8% to 39,751 boepd despite the maintenance shutdown of the Brent pipeline.

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Companies announcing their results next week

Monday Clarkson (Q4 results) The company is a leading provider of specialist shipping services and has been growing its market share, as a result of its full-service client offering. However,

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Winners and losers of the FTSE reshuffle

As we predicted FTSE Russell, the global index provider, has officially confirmed that consumer electronics retail giant Dixons Carphone and the UK’s leading provider of business process management and support service solutions Capita are

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Companies announcing results next week

Tuesday Ashtead Group (Q3 results) Ashtead has been performing well recently, mostly thanks to better market conditions in US construction and the weakness of the pound. With the new Trump

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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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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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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