Category : UK News

  • By Simon Morris On Monday, May 19 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , ,

    The IMA’s figures for March 2014 showed that UK Equity funds were the best-selling region in March 2014, this is for the fifth consecutive month. With property based funds still popular and a growing appetite for property-based ISA’s, the UK remains very attractive to national and overseas investors. There was an expected late rush into ISA investment at the end of the year with around £358 million invested in the first five days of April. While investing in an ISA should be actively...

  • By Simon Morris On Saturday, May 10 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , , ,

    This week IPD Executive Director Phil Tily has gone on record stating that the economic recovery is facilitating higher occupier demand in commercial property. A vital element of any diversified investment portfolio, what do Tily’s remarks show us about the importance of commercial property in the current market. As an expert with a wealth of experience in both commercial and residential property, Simon Morris works as an advisor to investment funds. As such, Simon has noticed the recent...

  • By Simon Morris On Friday, May 02 nd, 2014 · no Comments · In , ,

    Comments from senior figures at the Bank of England this month on the rising rate of UK house prices, have suggested that the Bank may step in to assert control over the situation. What could this mean for investors whose property fund portfolios contain residential elements? Among property industry professionals, and even the investing public at large, it’s no secret that property prices are held to have finally recovered from the recession. Prior to last year, house price rises were...

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, April 10 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , ,

    The near collapse of UK retail chain Co-Op has prompted a volley of criticism of the politically popular mutual model. However, a new government report suggests that the Co-Op incident isn’t indicative of the effectiveness of the widespread business model. Could this argument hold any weight and what does it mean for the future of the mutual business model? The mutual business model is an umbrella term ascribed to several different ownership models. Most commonly, particularly in the case of...

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, March 27 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , ,

    News sources across the business industry have touted a small UK start-up as ‘one to watch’ after reporting that it managed to raise over $17m to fund its endeavours. Why is a small UK start-up gaining the attention of industry heavyweights? Labelled the ‘Bloomberg of unquoted companies’ by industry industries, small UK start-up DueDil is turning heads quickly and it doing so as a venture dedicated to providing data on every private business in the UK; no mean feat. The start-up only...

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, March 20 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , , ,

    Simon Morris on the Budget 2014   This week UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered the annual national budget to Parliament. What comprised this year’s budget and how could it affect national economic growth? Before the budget was delivered, economists widely expected Osborne to announce a raft of measures that would aid the spending power of middle class families, a key voter group for the Conservative Party’s 2015 re-election bid. The actual budget, apart from...

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, March 13 th, 2014 · no Comments · In , ,

    Figure released this week suggest that the rate of UK manufacturing has risen for the eleventh straight month. Considered the longevity of the rise of manufacturing rates these figures act to further underscore the role this pivotal industry is playing the sustained recovery of the UK economy. According to the Markit Purchasing Manager’s Index survey, data this month has concluded that whilst a growth in the rate of manufacturing suggests a rebound, bank lending data has held flat for the...

  • By Simon Morris On Friday, February 28 th, 2014 · no Comments · In ,

    The British Bankers Association announced this week that the national rate of mortgage approvals has peaked at its highest level since September 2007, just before the housing market crash. What could this indicate concerning the sustained recovery of the UK economy? Specifically, according to the association, the first month of 2014 saw the rate of house purchase approvals rise by a staggering 57% when contrasted with the same month of 2013. However officials also noted that levels house...

  • By Simon Morris On Friday, February 14 th, 2014 · no Comments · In

    The row over Scottish Independence has come to center on its economic future this month as the idea of the pound as a shared currency and the proportion of UK debt an independent Scotland would assume have become key issues. Speculation over whether Scotland would be able to share the pound with the rest of the UK has been rife within the finance industry since the question of Scottish independence was first forwarded to a referendum. Those in favour of a shared currency argue amongst other...

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