UK Investment

What To Look For When Choosing The Best Remortgage Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Coles | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK

The mortgage market looks like an inviting place at the moment. Rates are at their lowest point for more than five years – and around half what they...

10 Ways To Add Value To Your Home

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Coles | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK

When you see the value of your home increasing, it’s easy to imagine that you are somehow moving up the property ladder as a result. However, when y...

15 Questions To Ask Before You Buy Your Home

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Coles | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK

The average person spends longer choosing their annual holiday than they do picking their new home. They typically have just one viewing - rarely last...

The Must-Read Guide To Buying Your First Investment Property

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Coles | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK

From the budget, to the area and the home itself: here are the key questions property investors must ask themselves. One in five homes are now own...

10 Of The Best Spots To Buy An Investment Property In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Coles | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK

You could be forgiven for thinking that anyone who wants to make money from investment property should head to London. In some parts of the capital a ...

What Does the Budget Mean for Savers?

Sarah Willis | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Sarah Willis

Another big announcement was the creation of an entirely new ISA for those looking to get on the property ladder. The Help to Buy ISA can be used by first time buyers with the benefit of the Government adding £50 to every £200 deposited up to £12,000 annually. This means that those buying their first property could get a £3,000 boost.

More Engineers are Essential to Sustaining UK Economic Growth

Keith Lewis | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Tech
Keith Lewis

As we move toward the 2015 General Election the issue of the engineering skills shortage in the UK needs to be addressed by government as well as the industry itself. Failure to tackle this will create a structural weakness that limits Britain's ability to continue growing.

The Tories' Long Term Economic Plan Is The Emperor's New Clothes of British Politics

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

There was a moment in The Apprentice a few years ago when one of the contestants was trying to defend her business plan in a tough investor-style inte...

What Lies Ahead for the Global Economy in 2015?

John Bowman | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
John Bowman

As 2013 came to a close, who would have guessed that oil prices were heading towards $40 a barrel, sending oil-rich economies into chaos and driving investors out of emerging markets? What will the next year bring?

Introduction to Hedge Funds

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Hedge funds and private equity funds are subject to constant speculation and media interest. They're complicated, challenging and highly specialized i...

London's Technology Scene Needs to Up Its Game in 2015

Vincent Dignan | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

It's Christmas party season so London's entrepreneurs are right now getting pissed on alcohol paid for by whichever office space or "strategic partner" is laying on the rancid mulled wine or festive cocktails.

What's Safer - Own or Managed Fine Wine Account?

Peter Shakeshaft | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Peter Shakeshaft

With the above in mind some investors believe that setting up their own account gives them greater control over their wine in storage and this is totally understandable. They will have a direct contract with the storage provider and be responsible for settlement of costs.

How to Attract Business Investment

Neeta Patel | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Most entrepreneurs with ambitions to start their own business generally start by either funding the venture themselves or sourcing early stage investment from friends and family. This is what potential investors expect from very early stage start-up founders.

The Beauty of Fine Wine in Your Glass and Bank Account

Peter Shakeshaft | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Shakeshaft

Speculation or investment in the past has been enormously valuable to the market, it has aided price discovery and liquidity, securing certainty and longevity in the market. This all helps the growers to continue to invest in producing improving quality crops and provides the motivation to make "age-worthy" wines.

What Does the Future Hold for the UK Economy?

John Mills | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Mills

Despite the political rhetoric, if current economic policies continue broadly as they are, the UK economy does not have a bright future. In my view, and that of many others, our economy has at least five big problems. These major challenges will end the current upturn probably shortly after the 2015 general election, no matter who wins.

Pensions - The Only Time You Turn Down Free Money

Katherine Dandy | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Katherine Dandy

Pensions are still regarded as incredibly complicated, scary and boring. We need to dispel the myth that investing in a pension scheme is hard work. For the woman at the party, the advantages of receiving valuable matching contributions from her employer had not got through. She had lost out on 10 years' free money between the ages of 25 to 35.

Slow-Down In China Leaves Me Searching For Positives

Nicola Horlick | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Nicola Horlick

Of course, it seems absurd to many that the world is concerned about Chinese growth slowing from 7% to 10%. But most countries in Europe would kill to achieve any growth at all at this point. The UK seems to be the exception in Europe with the IMF predicting that UK growth will be 3.2% in 2014, falling to 2.7 % in 2015.

How to Invest in Yourself and Your Business (And Where the Heck to Start!)

Jo Gifford | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Fear is often the driver behind hesitation to invest, usually in the form of "what if I can't afford it" and "I don't have the time"; so let's deal with those two bad boys right now and look at how to begin investing in yourself for awesome success.

Why University Campuses are Key Enablers of Europe's Future Prosperity

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The quality of European universities and their campuses not only affects policy agendas of education, research and innovation. It also affects Europe's position in the global competition for the best students and professors (the global 'battle for brains'), and the wider competitive advantage, productivity, profitability and sustainable development of Europe.

Annuities Are Expensive - Do You Need Them?

Lars Kroijer | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Lars Kroijer

As evidenced by the IRR on the annuity the return profile is extremely low risk/return and that may not suit your risk profile - if you can afford greater risk in pursuit of greater returns in your portfolio an annuity may lock you in to lower return expectations for decades ahead.

Will Austerity Really Reduce the Government Deficit?

John Mills | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

In 2013, the government deficit, according to the latest available Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, was £92.9billion, which was 5.8% of GDP. All our major political parties are fixated on getting this deficit down by cutting expenditure and raising taxes. But should they be quite so determined to do so? Is austerity really the best way to cut the deficit?

Britain Needs to Invest In Itself

John Mills | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

When all things are taken into account, the UK is investing almost nothing in its economic future. The Coalition government may have conjured some temporary growth, but this will disappear without much more new investment and if we want to avoid long-term decline we need to act right now. The hard fact is that productivity growth in the UK has ground to a halt and there's a very simple reason for this: the UK, for the first time since the start of the Industrial Revolution, has virtually stopped investing in the type of economic activities which are capable of delivering increases in output per head of the population.

Cheap Advice Is Always the Most Expensive

Reuben Singh | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

In my experience, the first rule of business is to pay your lawyers, accountants and all your professional advisers well. Always pay well for the best advice because it ends up being cheaper in the long run.

How to Get Rich Dealing Modern Art and Vintage Furniture

Jeff Salmon | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Salmon

If you have some collateral, that doesn't mean you shouldn't invest. And I may have a solution for you - dealing in modern art and vintage late twentieth-century furniture. You may think this is the reserve of the posh and rich. But, as a one-time working-class lad from East London, I can tell you it absolutely is not.

Why Banks Can't Provide Finance for Start-Ups

Paul Lees | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Paul Lees

The most common route to funding in the UK is retail bank loans. Banks lend money with low interest rates to individuals, rather than to companies. This is helpful when starting a business, as it means there is a low level of repayments; however there is often a high level of personal risk.