Green shoots in the housing market?

April 2, 2009

House prices have dropped, interest rates are low and plenty of people are straining at the leash to get on the housing ladder.

Snow event?

February 5, 2009

When in Rome . . .

As I watched the snow fall gently from London skies on Sunday night, I asked an acquaintance if I would have to go to work the next day.

How far will central banks go in 2009?

December 31, 2008

The year 2008 has been filled with unprecedented events and all-time lows, a financial system overhaul and global turmoil. Could the New Year herald positive re-evaluation and a positive turnaround? And in what has been a year of sleepless nights for many, will a nation steeped in debt start to curb excess?

Rate cuts figured high on the news agenda as banks undertook radical measures to stabilise the economy. Within the space of one week, Britain saw the lowest base rate since the mid-1950s, the ECB took its rate to a two-and-a-half year low, the U.S. Federal Reserve aggressively slashed rates and a 175 point reduction was made by Sweden’s central bank.

from The Great Debate UK:

Put your questions to David Cameron

December 14, 2008

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(UPDATED Dec 18 - This post is now closed for questions)

Conservative Party leader David Cameron will be speaking on the economy and the credit crunch at Thomson Reuters' Canary Wharf office on Monday, followed by a question and answer session.

Was one point enough?

December 4, 2008

The Bank of England has cut interest rates by a whole point to 2 percent in response to increasing worries over discouraging data and a looming recession.

Will Aldi and Lidl open up in posh areas now?

November 28, 2008

A report published today by Verdict Research predicts a surge in discount grocers in Britain.  Verdict Research says discounters like privately owned German groups Aldi and Lidl should raise as much finance as possible to aggressively expand in markets where they are under-represented.

from Global Investing:

To spend, or not to spend?

November 25, 2008

A day after Britain unveiled a multi-billion-pound fiscal stimulus package to spend its way out of recession, market analysts have been busy figuring out what it all means, in the context of a sharply slowing economy.

Pre-budget report: what it means for personal taxes

November 25, 2008

Here is a guide on what the pre-budget report means for personal taxation by accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward.

Job crunch Britain: how have you been affected?

November 10, 2008

Net job creation in the UK has almost stopped as employers feel pessimistic about prospects for the economy, the latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey by KPMG and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found.

Spend and spend some more?

October 21, 2008

Recent headlines alarmed us with news of the country’s budget deficit having risen to its largest in six decades, while top economists ominously declared that we’ve moved beyond merely tipping into a recession, to hurtling towards one.