Business & Finance

Borrowed Wheels: The Care and Feeding of Car Title Loans

Car title loans have gotten a bad rap in recent years, and for good reason. They’re expensive, the deals are usually not all that good, and most buyers walk away deeply in debt. However, in some cases, they’re the only way to get your hands on some money.

How product packaging affects your buying decision

Take a stroll down the aisles of any supermarket, and you’ll see a variety of packaging. The various sizes, shapes and colors can be downright distracting, but did you know how influential packaging is in your purchase decision? If not check out the infographic below.

September sees slowdown in retail sales

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that the quantity bought in the retail industry in September decreased by 0.3 percent when compared to August. The good news however is that it had increased by 2.7 percent when compared with September 2013.

5 ways of drawing monies from owner-managed limited companies

If you are the owner of a business, that’s not publicly listed, you’ll want to draw money from your company for your own use.

New free financial education guidance launched for Citizenship teachers

New guidance has been launched for teachers and co-ordinators of Citizenship on how to deliver the financial education elements of the new National Curriculum, thanks to a partnership between pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group)and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Exports decline weighs on manufacturing growth says CBI

Domestic orders remain healthy

The recovery in British manufacturing continued in the three months to October, but the pace of growth slowed as new export orders declined, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey.

The figures that make a mockery of manufacturing’s ‘decline’

Despite repeated reports of its demise, manufacturing is responsible for more than half the West Midlands economy and nearly a third of the UK output, according to research for Birmingham City University.

London Stock Exchange Group extends strategic relationship with Morocco

• Moroccan CSD, Maroclear signs cooperation agreement with LSEG and Monte Titoli

• Moroccan Minister for SMEs, Mr Mamoune Bouhdoud opens trading in London

• Strengthens economic relationship between the UK and North West and Central Africa’s emerging economies

Euro Down Sharply for Second Day on Bank Stress Test Failure Concerns

The European euro declined sharply against the U.S. Dollar today, after also falling notably yesterday, as concerns in the forex market mounted that a significant number of Eurozone banks would fail the stress tests to be published soon by the European Central Bank.

Fear of Ebola Now Creating Weakness in U.S. Stocks?

The fear of Ebola has caused pressure towards the U.S. stock markets, particularly in the travel sector and aviation stocks. The concern is real, and if it is allowed to grow in the United States, Asia, or Europe, we could see a significant decline in travel demand

CHART OF THE WEEK: The Productivity Gap


This week, the Office for National Statistics published their annual international productivity comparison.

Value of remortgage lending up 19% from last month to top £4.4bn – the largest amount for a year

• Number of remortgage loans also rose by 16% from August

• Remortgage repayments account for less than a fifth of total income, the smallest amount in a year as wages rise for third consecutive month