February 2011 Archive

Free entry to London seminars on investing in franchises

RBS has set up a franchise fund

The RBS Group has set up a £100m Franchise Fund to support newcomers to the industry, making it easier to secure funding for investments in franchises.

Live Webcast: Investing in UK companies

Join our experts, Andy Parsons from The Share Centre and Alastair Mundy from Investec at 1pm on Wednesday 2nd March as they answer your questions on how to gain returns from investing in UK companies.

UK public finances receive January surplus boost

Tax receipts in January helped lower the deficit

In some welcome and rare good economic news for the UK tax receipts in January have helped reduce public sector borrowing and lower the deficit.

Unrest in Libya raises price of oil

Brent crude oil price rises on news of Libyan unrest

The civil disturbances in Libya has raised the price of oil to its highest level since before the financial crisis of 2008.

Gold investments via SIPP from Standard Life

Gold investments via SIPP from Standard Life

Standard Life and GoldMoney have joined together to provide SIPP clients with the chance to invest directly in gold bullion.

Brits 'throwing money away' by not using ISAs

Brits 'could increase their savings with an ISA'

Britons who use cash ISAs could find themselves markedly better off than if they simply use a basic easy access account, according to a new survey.

OFT takes action against 'cash for gold' firms

OFT cracks down on 'gold for cash' firms

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced that action has been taken against multiple 'cash for gold' businesses.

New forex trading tool from eToro

eToro has released an intuitive currency trading platform

A new forex trading tool from eToro allows novice traders to track the investment decisions of experts, copy their trades and trade with virtual money until their expertise grows.

Revised monthly GDP estimate from NIESR

Monthly GDP estimate sees decline

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has released its monthly gross domestic product (GDP) estimates.

UK trade deficit widens

UK trade deficit widened in December, figures show

The trade deficit in the UK is widening, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Government 'needs to encourage apprenticeships'

Government 'should encourage small businesses to take on apprentices'

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the government to help companies take on apprentices.

Chancellor raises bank levy by £800million

George Osborne has announced an increase in the bank levy

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has raised the bank levy to be charged against UK banks in the first year by £800million to £2.5billion.

Healthy banking sector "essential", says CBI

Banking sector 'needs to be able to support growth'

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that ensuring banks can support future growth should be a top priority for the government in reforming the banking sector.

How to profit from investing in gold

Investors in gold have seen large profits in 2010

The price of gold increased by 32 per cent in 2010 and many, though not all experts believe it will continue to rise. But what are the best ways to invest in this commodity?

78% tax forms returned online

Record number of people send tax returns online

A record number of people returned their Self Assessment tax returns via the internet this January, it has been revealed.

BP makes first loss since 1992

BP will return to paying a dividend despite reporting a loss

BP has announced its first loss in profits since 1992 after taking into account nearly $41bn set aside to cover costs in relation to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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