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Inflation: will it be back?

There’s something oddly perverse about economic
policy. When prices are cheap, thanks to cheap imports from China, consumers are
happy. The Bank of England lowers the rate of interest, in turn making us feel even
better off.

When times are getting tougher, and the price of oil makes us feel the cost of
running our cars, the Bank of England ups the rate of interest, making us worse off still.

But maybe the changes in the rate of interest, designed to stop inflation, are in
fact making it worse – in the...Read More

Dow hits high as oil falls

There has been lots of bad news coming out of the US of late. And top of the bad news pile is the US housing market. Recent analysis on Moodys.com has predicted that 20 metro areas, out of 379 across the US, could see property prices crash, or at least...Read More

Posted Dec 29, 2006

Inflation: will it be back?

There’s something oddly perverse about economic
policy. When prices are cheap, thanks to cheap imports from China, consumers are
happy. The Bank of England lowers the rate of interest, in turn making us feel even
better off.

When times are getting tougher, and the price of oil makes us feel the...Read More

Posted Dec 29, 2006

US markets hit new highs in 2006, on inflation hopes, but do they flatter to deceive

“Flattery is a false coin that is only
current thanks to our vanity” said the 17th Century French writer, Fran#231;ois
de La Rochefoucauld. 2006 saw markets in the US hit
all time highs, while hopes that inflation is back under control have led to
renewed optimism, both in the US...Read More

Posted Dec 29, 2006

2007: which way for sterling?

2006 was a traumatic period for the dollar. In fact back in November, the dollar passed a milestone, falling to $1.30 to the euro, while as of this morning sterling was sitting at $1.96. With the US economy expected to slow while the eurozone at last starts to take up...Read More

Posted Dec 28, 2006

Rate of interest, what next?

Six weeks ago, the Bank of England surprised no-one when it upped the rate of interest. Now, the question on economists’, borrowers’ and lenders’ lips (so that’s just about everyone) should be; what next?

Was the hike to 5 percent a temporary rise? One that is likely to be followed by...Read More

Posted Dec 22, 2006

Goodbye to 2006

This is the last issue of Investment and Business News this year. And we thought we would end the year with a look back at how things changed in 2007 with the economy.

In January, it was all very different. The UK was moving forward in a low gear, and was...Read More

Posted Dec 20, 2006

Web designers get the cream

Talking of comings and goings, it appears the poor old web designer and their like have seen his or her stock rise and fall with the markets. Back in the late ’90s, web expertise seemed to be the IT skill to have, but within a few short beats of the...Read More

Posted Dec 19, 2006

1929 and all that!

1929 wasn’t a good year for the global economy, and it was especially tough on the US. This morning we have noticed two different theories emerge, looking at the economy from quite different perspectives, but both drawing parallels with that awful year.

First there’s US corporate profits. Recently Fortune Magazine’s Justin...Read More

Posted Dec 19, 2006

Treasury is making BoE’s job even harder

Our Gordon is good with statistics. They say there’s lies, damned lies and statistics, and it does sometimes feel as if the greatest number manipulator of them all is Mr Brown. You know the golden rules will never be broken, because if things look tight, the rules will be changed...Read More

Posted Dec 18, 2006

Wii goes flying

Have you taken a look at the Nintendo Wii yet? It’s big USP is its games controller. It can simulate a tennis racket, table tennis bat, sword, golf club, or any number of sharp and blunt implements via a wrist strap which connects to the controller. Only time will...Read More

Posted Dec 18, 2006

US markets hit new highs in 2006, on inflation hopes, but do they flatter to deceive

“Flattery is a false coin that is only
current thanks to our vanity” said the 17th Century French writer, Fran#231;ois
de La Rochefoucauld. 2006 saw markets in the US hit
all time highs, while hopes that inflation is back under control have led to
renewed optimism, both in the US...Read More

Posted Dec 29, 2006

Dow hits high as oil falls

There has been lots of bad news coming out of the US of late. And top of the bad news pile is the US housing market. Recent analysis on Moodys.com has predicted that 20 metro areas, out of 379 across the US, could see property prices crash, or at least...Read More

Posted Dec 29, 2006

2007: which way for sterling?

2006 was a traumatic period for the dollar. In fact back in November, the dollar passed a milestone, falling to $1.30 to the euro, while as of this morning sterling was sitting at $1.96. With the US economy expected to slow while the eurozone at last starts to take up...Read More

Posted Dec 28, 2006

Rate of interest, what next?

Six weeks ago, the Bank of England surprised no-one when it upped the rate of interest. Now, the question on economists’, borrowers’ and lenders’ lips (so that’s just about everyone) should be; what next?

Was the hike to 5 percent a temporary rise? One that is likely to be followed by...Read More

Posted Dec 22, 2006

Weaker growth in 2007 to cause breach of fiscal rules

With the Chancellor shifting his borrowing target goal posts almost as often as Jose Mourinho is referred to the Football Association, one persistent economic enigma has been, and is, whether Gordon Brown will meet his fiscal rules or not. According to calculations from Centre of Business and Economics research, with...Read More

Posted Dec 21, 2006

RICS sees modest fall from two year high

Here we go again – it’s that time of the month, when the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) publishes the results of its latest survey, when it asks members whether house prices are up or down.

It takes the difference between the percentage number of those who said house...Read More

Posted Dec 19, 2006

BT dials equity number

So which way do you run? Do you go with the herd? Or do you go the other way? Going against markets can be a brave act, but in the long run, if you get the timing right, it can also be very profitable.

Take the recent rises and falls of...Read More

Posted Dec 19, 2006

While a rival prepares to attack

Meanwhile, while some fret over the future of AIM, the market formally known as Ofex, has been making waves. Next year will see the introduction of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive – also rather catchily known as MiFID. This is the directive that will permit trades independent of...Read More

Posted Dec 18, 2006

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