UK Investment

Property Taxes Are Killing The Golden Goose

Jeremy Raj | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Jeremy Raj

The property industry has just been warned by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to "keep an eye out" for changes to real estate taxation in this year'...

Did The Brexit Benefit Or Hurt The FTSE 100?

Sasha G Brown | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Sasha G Brown

The truth is that the Brexit, in and of itself, wasn't a good thing for the index. The economy in the UK was struggling before the vote, and the passing of Brexit signaled to some investors and analysts that further stimulus would be needed to quell the market.

Antiques - Orange is the New Brown

Elspeth Briscoe | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elspeth Briscoe

Lime greens and oranges typical of the 50s, 60s and 70s, especially in german ceramics, now look very comfortable in a highly contemporary kitchen. It's out with the brown; in with the orange.

Considering The Ethics Of Our Investments

Tamara Sword | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Collectively we would wring our hands, but for the mobiles in our hands. How to reach out and touch more than glass. How to change what seems through the indifferent screen to be immutable, an endless cycle of meaningless horror.

How Long Can the UK's Balance of Payments Deficit Continue?

John Mills | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Mills

The UK - and therefore its population - is living way beyond its means. We have a Balance of Payments deficit of about 7% of GDP means that, on average, we are all enjoying a standard of living which is 7% higher than we are earning. To support this unrealistic life-style we are either borrowing from abroad or selling assets to foreign interests year after year on a scale unmatched by any other developed country.

Post-Brexit, UK Trade Must Work for Climate Goals

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, one of the most important things on the agenda is the renegotiation of our trade relationships with the rest of the world. There is mounting evidence that current trade rules are a significant barrier to achieving climate change goals. Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity to change this.

Time to Heal Divides...

Cliff Prior | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

We are a divided nation. A disunited kingdom. The referendum divide between Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and a handful of other English cities, and the rest of England and the whole of Wales, was deep. The divide between young and old was even deeper.

Five Ways Brexit Is Going to Change Our Lives

Sasha G Brown | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Sasha G Brown

"The British vote has cut off one of our wings, as it were, but we're still flying." Juncker The Great Britain has decided to leave EU, choosing exiting over remaining. While latest polls show that a number of voters would like to change their vote if given a second chance, what's done is done.

How to Invest for Uncertainty - The Buck Does Not Stop at Brexit

Thomas Church | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Thomas Church

The buck does not stop at Brexit. Attention has been focused on ourselves as of late but Brexit is not the only trouble in Europe. You may have miss...

How We Can Tip the Energy Balance Towards Low-Carbon

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Alison Doig

It will take a huge amount of political will to bring about a radical change in energy investment strategies across the globe, particularly from wealthier nations who invest in developing countries. Renewable and low-carbon energy generation technologies are becoming less costly and studies show that in the long term, switching investment to these types of ventures will make economic as well as climate sense. The time is right to tip the energy balance but it needs governments to make the first push.

The Lesson I Learnt from Warren Buffett

Lewis Worrow | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

Buffett taught me that if one wishes to build wealth they should build businesses and that makes sense. The average S&P 500 company has a yield of about 1.5% after all, so if you were aiming to earn an income of say $100,000 per year you would need about $1.66 million worth of stock to earn that through dividend.

UK Landlords Will Go 'Cross-Country' as Allure of London Fades

Christian Faes | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Christian Faes

When it comes to the housing market, London has long been seen as a market within a market. After the credit crunch hit, and house prices across the country headed south, desire to buy within the capital remained robust. In seemingly no time at all, house prices within London had not only recovered but surpassed its previous peaks.

Putting Shareholders First Does Not Serve Shareholders, Society or Our Economy

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

There is rising disenchantment with the status quo. People sense that the economy serves the few not the many. Alongside this the UK government is str...

How To Start a Business Successfully: Six Key Tips From a Top Business Investor in Creative Businesses

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Carolyn Dailey

Did you know that creative entrepreneurs are part of the wider creative industries now worth almost £80 billion to the UK economy? Have you ever thou...

Should the Sharing Economy Ever Be for Profit?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

There is lot of contention surrounding the term 'sharing economy', with Uber and Airbnb at the centre. Many argue that the term has been strapped onto...

Infrastructure Morality

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

I would like to thank James Stewart, Global Infrastructure Chairman, KPMG in the UK, for writing this article with me. The True Cost of Infrastructur...

Rent Control Will Starve London's Housing Future

Andrew Boff | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

The idea of rent control, or "rent stabilisation" as it was recently rebranded, is often banded about as a solution to rising rents and a way of cutting costs for tenants over the long-term. The problem is over the long-term these strategies have been shown to do the complete opposite.

Brexit Risk Sparks UK Gold Rush

Adrian Ash | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Adrian Ash

The Brexit debate has sparked a surge in the number of UK investors choosing to buy gold or defence. Whatever you think of staying or leaving, that looks a smart move as the uncertainty rises.

From Service Robots to Breathing Phones - Five Tech Trends to Watch

Mark Hawtin | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hawtin

The gates of Sin City recently welcomed tech fiends to the CES trade show. The sprawling event showcases the best and most exciting new technology developments worldwide, from early prototypes to finished products. Here are the most interesting things we saw:

Is the World Going to Hell in a Handbasket?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

The 'great and the good' have assembled at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that is held in the Swiss in Davos which is a popular ...

Why Successful Entrepreneurs Should Back British SMEs

Justin Peters | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Tech
Justin Peters

Investing in small firms is risky business. But with the right strategy - and a bit of luck - rewards can be unlimited. British business investors can now benefit from government schemes which focus on tax breaks to help plough funding into unlisted firms.

How To Pitch In 10 Minutes To Gain Investment

Neeta Patel | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Standing up and presenting to an audience can be one of the most stressful things we do in our working lives, especially if the future of our business...

The Good the Bad and the Ponzi

Dan Andersson | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Andersson

Since digital currencies leapt onto the scene in the early 1990s, they have been steadily gaining traction in the financial sector. The economic crisis in Greece and the recent slowdown in China's growth have given credibility to digital currencies as an alternative to traditional fiat currencies and led people to look for more innovative methods of transaction.

The Strategic Calculations Shaping Sino-British Relations

Gregor Irwin | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Gregor Irwin

The British government learnt a valuable lesson when Premier Wen visited the UK four years ago. In the run up to that visit Chinese officials were so ...

Why Does Britain's China Debate Have to Be So Binary?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

In their very haste to catch up and the urgency they attach to attracting investment, Cameron and Osborne are prepared to ignore criticism - and I suspect the advice of their diplomats - and downplay human rights and wider foreign policy considerations to put their emphasis on the purely pecuniary dimension of relations with the Chinese.