Markets get back to business, as summer ends and reality strikes

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Markets get back to business, as summer ends and reality strikes

September 1st, 2009

Well, as the punchline to a famous joke goes: “The tea break is over; on your heads.” Sell in May and go away, they say. Well, it wasn’t like that this time. Instead, it was a case of buy in … Continued

Has the Bank of England lost its marbles

August 7th, 2009

…..or does it know something we don’t know? Imagine that the UK economy is like a massive oil tanker. On board, one of the seamen spots an iceberg, and the great ship’s wheel is turned by the captain with a … Continued

Inflation dips below target

August 6th, 2009

UK inflation fell below the Bank of England’s (BoE’s) target of 2% for the first time since September 2007 during June. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 1.8% year on year during the month, compared with an increase of … Continued

Your choices for a healthy retirement

August 6th, 2009

Assuming you have saved diligently over the years, when you reach retirement age you will have some important choices to make – the first being when that retirement age will be. As the minimum age increases from 50 to 55 … Continued

Should we abolish final salary pension schemes?

August 3rd, 2009

Write down a list of numbers from 1 to 10. Then next to each number think of something with a corresponding level of controversy. So, next to 1 something fairly uncontroversial, such as that the Labour party will probably lose … Continued

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