2015 will be a year of ‘tempered optimism’, forecasts Investec Wealth & Investment

• Significant progress has been made to repair the global economy and this will help drive a more positive investment environment in 2015

• 2015 will still be marked by volatility, a factor that investors will have to get used to after several years of low volatility and limited market setbacks

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Will tomorrow’s retirees be living on the poverty line?

Tomorrow’s retirees set to live on the poverty line – UK pension delivers 90% less than desired requirement

• Research reveals that tomorrow’s retirees are set to live on the poverty line, adding to the one million impoverished pensioners already doing so in Britain

Leaders Debates: 79% of public want to see Green Party represented at the ITV Leaders Debate

Four in five members’ of the public want to see the Green Party represented at next year’s Leaders Debates*. A whopping 79% of people surveyed in an poll by ICM said they would welcome seeing a Green Party representative at the ITV Leaders Debate in 2015.

Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees

Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less, on average, than permanent employees, according to a new report published on Monday to mark the beginning of the TUC’s Decent Jobs Week.

Twelve days of deflation points to ECB epiphany

By Michael Metcalfe, Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Macro Strategy at State Street Global Markets:

What will it take to end Russia’s currency crisis?

Alexander Moseley, Senior Portfolio Manager, Emerging Market Debt Relative at Schroders, comments on Russia’s currency crisis:

Number of calls from the public to HMRC’s tax evasion hotline jumps 24% in a year

• Almost 90,000 calls received in the last year

• Average 350 calls per day

HMRC’s tax evasion hotline received almost 90,000 calls in the last year

Oil- the Saudi Says Why Should I Cut Production?!

It was a week with massive volatility with unexpected fundamental developments. The US dollar index broke its own records making a high of 89.56 however failed to push towards much anticipated 90.000 level and closed the week at 88.30 level.

Overseas Buyers Warned to Watch UK Market Conditions in 2015

Cooling house price growth and tighter mortgage regulation should be a warning signal for anyone depending on capital tied up in UK property to fund an overseas purchase in 2015, said online resource in December.

UK Businesses Should Be Careful When Trading with the Eurozone in 2015

Ernst & Young (EY)’s annual Eurozone Economic Growth Forecast predicts that Lithuania will be the fastest-growing economy within the single-currency bloc in 2015. The country, which enters the Eurozone on 1st January 2015, is expected to expand by 4.5% and outstrip Latvia as the bloc’s fastest-growing economy.

Solid outlook for UK’s manufacturers – CBI

Activity in the manufacturing sector remained steady in December, and production is expected to continue rising in the next three months, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.