Economics / Markets

        UK GDP misses expectations for Q4

        Professional Adviser | 27 Jan 2015 | 11:37

        Quarterly and annualised UK growth figures for Q4 2014 have narrowly missed expectations after the construction sector underwhelmed at the end of the year.

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        PwC: Pension changes to trigger UK ETF growth

        The proliferation and popularity of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is set to continue, with asset growth forecast to reach $50trn by 2020, a report suggests.

        Professional Adviser | 27 Jan 2015 | 08:41

        With markets like this, what's an investment adviser to do?

        Are these exceptionally difficult times to advise on investing? Or the best test for long term financial planning? Laura Miller asks four advisers what they are telling clients...

        Professional Adviser | 26 Jan 2015 | 12:11

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      Anti-bailout Syriza triumphs in Greek elections to resurrect euro crisis fears

      Left-wing anti-austerity party Syriza has secured a commanding election victory in Greece, setting the scene for a stand-off between the country and its creditors.

      Professional Adviser | 26 Jan 2015 | 08:11
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      Sector report: Looking for value in a North America waiting on a rate rise

      Though the recovery of the world's most influential economy is set to continue, headwinds in the shape of a rise in interest rates are building. Ken Rayner asks: How will North America cope?

      Professional Adviser | 23 Jan 2015 | 15:57

      Fear and greed: Human nature in investing

      Investors are often driven by fear and greed, leading to a divergence between price and fair value, writes David Allen

      Professional Adviser | 23 Jan 2015 | 13:08

      ECB’s ‘open-ended’ QE met with scepticism by managers

      Market participants have reacted with a healthy dose of scepticism to the European Central Bank’s long-awaited quantitative easing programme, saying the move may not be enough to revive the struggling eurozone economy.

      Professional Adviser | 23 Jan 2015 | 09:29

      European Central Bank unveils €1trn QE programme

      European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi has announced an asset purchase programme worth about €1trn.

      Professional Adviser | 22 Jan 2015 | 14:11

      BP chief predicts oil price to stay low for three years

      BP group chief executive Bob Dudley is expecting oil to remain at current low levels for up to three years, leading to job losses and falling investment in the oil sector.

      Professional Adviser | 22 Jan 2015 | 08:04
      The Bank of England

      Inflation prompts MPC hawks to abandon rate rise push

      Members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold in January, the committee's latest minutes reveal, knocking expectations of a rise this year.

      Professional Adviser | 21 Jan 2015 | 11:40

      Did the Swiss franc just become the new Deutschemark?

      Peter Lowman examines the 'astonishing' ramifications of the Swiss central bank's move on its currency cap and interest rates...

      Professional Adviser | 20 Jan 2015 | 18:26

      IMF downgrades global growth forecast

      The global economy is set to grow slower this year and next, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

      Professional Adviser | 20 Jan 2015 | 07:55

      Sector report: The opportunity in European Smaller Companies

      The unloved European Smaller Companies sector attracted few new suitors towards the end of 2014 but, as Amandine Thierree explains, there are plenty of opportunities for investors...

      Professional Adviser | 14 Jan 2015 | 14:14

      World Bank cuts global growth forecast

      The World Bank has cut its global growth forecast, warning the US alone cannot drive an economic recovery.

      Professional Adviser | 14 Jan 2015 | 07:10

      Low inflation not a threat, says George Osborne

      The sharp fall in the UK inflation rate should not be feared, Chancellor George Osborne will say in a speech later.

      Professional Adviser | 14 Jan 2015 | 07:02

      Inflation at record lows: Five views on its implications for the UK

      The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed UK CPI inflation fell to a surprise 0.5% in December, the lowest level since May 2000. Five experts examine why...

      Professional Adviser | 13 Jan 2015 | 15:23

      Everyone's talking about... Europe

      In the second part of our new series looking at the most topical investment themes for the quarter ahead, Professional Adviser asks multi-managers what lies ahead for Europe as deflation, elections and QE loom large?

      Professional Adviser | 13 Jan 2015 | 12:36

      UK CPI inflation falls to 15-year low of 0.5%

      UK consumer prices inflation has fallen to a 15-year low of just 0.5%, driven by plunging oil prices.

      Professional Adviser | 13 Jan 2015 | 09:55

      'Strong case' for abandoning CPI

      There is a strong case for abandoning CPI as the headline measure of inflation, according to Institute for Fiscal Studies head Paul Johnson.

      Professional Adviser | 08 Jan 2015 | 07:58
      The Bank of England

      BoE papers reveal governing body's ignorance of impending crisis

      The Bank of England (BoE) was seemingly unaware of the impending financial crisis in the weeks prior to its emergence, new documents reveal.

      Professional Adviser | 07 Jan 2015 | 08:20


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