Business & Finance

Could an owner-occupier majority be a thing of the past?

The question itself feels almost absurd: could the UK possibly transform from a nation of homeowners into a nation of renters? The aspiration to own one’s home defines a large aspect of our national psyche where property is concerned.

How to understand if word of mouth is working for your business

As everyone knows – word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool. It can bring customers to you in their droves, but just as easily it can turn them away. So how can you ensure that it’s working effectively for you?

Slight increase in UK inflation

The UK economy Consumer Prices Index increased by 1.3 percent in the year to October 2014, which is slightly up from the 1.2 percent seen in the year to September.

Devil in the detail; investors double read the global fundamentals

We had another week of the USD rollercoaster. The USD index made yet another record weekly high of 88.36 however could not sustain itself at this level and tumbled down back to its weekly opening of 87.59 levels…

Are Prospects for UK Exports in the Eurozone Improving?

The Eurozone economy grew 0.2% during the third quarter of 2014.

IEA Says Oil Supplies May Not Keep Up With Demand

Despite what appears to be a saturated oil market in 2014, oil producers around the world will struggle to meet rising demand over the next few decades.

Diamonds are forever – Borro lends £20 million against exquisite diamond rings

• Top reason for borrowing against wedding rocks includes to cover divorce settlement costs

• £280,000 loan issued on a nine carat emerald cut diamond ring

• Other reasons  for loans against diamond rings include paying tuition fees, tax bills and for SME investment

Early Signs Of A Pullback In Drilling Activity

With oil prices low and showing no sign of an immediate rebound, the industry is beginning to pull back on spending.

Oil prices have dropped

Optimistic occupiers again taking longer leases

Optimism among occupiers of the UK’s shops and offices is growing with new commercial property lease lengths hitting a six-year high, according to new research being released by MSCI today.

China’s financial liberalisation steps open more investment opportunities

Jade Fu, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management, comments on how the Shanghai-Hong Kong connect programme, whereby foreign investors will have access to 568 onshore listed companies through selected Hong Kong brokers, will help to create a more liquid, deeper and broader equity market

The Risk Machine: Financial Markets Set for $10 Trillion Squeeze

Liquidity conditions in global financial markets are set to deteriorate over the next year, resulting in $10 trillion squeeze in funds available for investment.

4 ways to sell technology (and almost anything else) by creating an experience

Modern technology is designed with user experience (UX) at the forefront. Customers want all the latest features, but they also want something that is easy and fun to use.