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Is London set to lose its number one spot?

Not so long ago, the headline of one tabloid newspaper proclaimed  London, capital of the world. Whether you believe London deserves that accolade, one thing is for sure, the city brings in a huge amount of readies to the UK. It also brings in a huge array of talent from abroad  just stand by Liverpool Street Station and observe the Armani suits and hear the foreign accents.

But of late, the shiny veneer of London has suffered a couple of nasty blotches. First there was Northern Rock, when the UK...Read More

Hope emerges over ashes of US

Amid warnings of doom for the US economy, a piece of good news poked its head above the parapet yesterday.

First off with the dire warnings was Ben Bernanke. Alas, plain speaking Ben drew an unfavourable comparison with the dotcom crash.

Yesterday was the occasion of his twice-yearly report to the...Read More

Posted Feb 29, 2008

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Posted Feb 29, 2008

Hope emerges over ashes of US

Amid warnings of doom for the US economy, a piece of good news poked its head above the parapet yesterday.

First off with the dire warnings was Ben Bernanke. Alas, plain speaking Ben drew an unfavourable comparison with the dotcom crash.

Yesterday was the occasion of his twice-yearly report to the...Read More

Posted Feb 29, 2008

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Posted Feb 29, 2008

Google shares in freefall

Investors in Google had a fright this week. A report from comScore found that paid-click revenue from Google has seen a sharp fall in growth. Was the miraculous Google growth story coming to an end? Many shareholders in the company thought it was, and shares fell by a third.

Yesterday,...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2008

House prices: was boom down to low supply or loose credit?

It is one of those seemingly perennial questions. Have house prices gone up because of low supply, or was the boom down to easy supply of money?

Its an important question. Property bulls argue that house prices have got years of growth in them, thanks to demographic factors meaning demand...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2008

It's the largest-ever peacetime liquidity crisis, says Bank of England deputy

Will the economy experience a Japanese-style decade of lost growth, or will the impact on the real economy be small and shallow?History, said Ms Lomax, does not give a clear steer.

Yesterday, she articulated the fear that must be running around in the heads of all central bankers during their waking...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2008

High Street skids, while High Street inflation dances on ice

The High Street has been busy defying predictions of doom, but yesterday came the first piece of news to suggest she is turning.

A third of respondents to the latest Distributive Trades Survey from the CBI said year-on-year sales volumes rose in the first half of February, while 36...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2008

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Posted Feb 26, 2008

House prices down again, mortgages for house purchases fall even further

Here is your mission. See if you can square the optimism flowing from the latest report from Hometrack, with some of the data which was revealed yesterday.

This is what the data said: According to Hometrack, house prices fell 0.2 per cent in February. It now has house prices down...Read More

Posted Feb 26, 2008

House prices see fourth successive monthly drop

Its a bit like love and marriage, or even a horse and carriage. House prices fall, property market experts tell us not to fret. Bad news and hype on house prices  they just go together.

This morning the Nationwide announced a 0.5 per cent fall in house prices on last...Read More

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Is London set to lose its number one spot?

Not so long ago, the headline of one tabloid newspaper proclaimed  London, capital of the world. Whether you believe London deserves that accolade, one thing is for sure, the city brings in a huge amount of readies to the UK. It also brings in a huge array of talent from...Read More

Posted Feb 29, 2008

House prices see fourth successive monthly drop

Its a bit like love and marriage, or even a horse and carriage. House prices fall, property market experts tell us not to fret. Bad news and hype on house prices  they just go together.

This morning the Nationwide announced a 0.5 per cent fall in house prices on last...Read More

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Did Mrs Thatcher squander our money?

When people talk about the economic legacy of Margaret Thatcher, there seem to be two schools of thought. Some see her as the UK’s saviour, others point to North Sea oil and say she was lucky. They say she only managed what she did thanks to the vast stream of...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Did Mrs Thatcher squander our money?

When people talk about the economic legacy of Margaret Thatcher, there seem to be two schools of thought. Some see her as the UK’s saviour, others point to North Sea oil and say she was lucky. They say she only managed what she did thanks to the vast stream of...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Is this meltdown for Uncle Sam?

Yesterday was one of those days.

To all intents and purposes it appears that the US consumer has given up the ghost. US confidence just crashed in January, falling to a five-year low and presumably, in the process, quashing the more-optimistic projections for the US economy that had based their...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2008

But buy-to-let investors celebrate

And from one paradox to another. If inspirational first-time-buyers can’t afford to buy a property, how can it be profitable for landlords to buy those properties and rent them to the people who can’t afford to buy them?

The answer lies with the amount of spare equity in a...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2008

US house prices prepare to fall through the basement

And from Blighty to Uncle Sam. Much has been written about the sorry state of the US housing market, but there has been a paucity of solid stats.

Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors released its latest set of data on existing home sales.

January saw the lowest level of sales...Read More

Posted Feb 26, 2008

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