Business & Finance

UK Inflation Up to 2.9% in August, likely to Peak Just Above 3% in late 2017

The EY ITEM club comments on today's inflation figures from the ONS:

· Squeeze on consumers tightened further in August as consumer price inflation rose

More Women Seeking Financial Advice Says New Study

More women are seeking financial advice due to increasing rates of divorce and the rise of female entrepreneurs, according to a new study

Europeans Expect Rising House Prices, Many Already Struggling

•  Three in five (59%) people in Europe expect house prices to rise over the next 12 months

•  But 61 per cent say housing is expensive

Private Sector Economy Shows Further Steady Growth – Lloyds Bank

− England sees ongoing moderate business activity growth

− Output growth slows in Wales and Scotland

Despite North Korea, political risks are considered to be declining in 2017, but what about 2018?

The (geo)political news is currently dominated by North Korea. It is noteworthy that the impact of the former on equity markets is becoming less and shorter in time despite the escalation in the tensions.

Draghi stalls for time on QE details

Azad Zangana, Schroders Senior European Economist, comments on the European Central Bank's (ECB) decision to keep interest rates and Quantitative Easing (QE) on hold:

House prices are unlikely to rise by more than 2% over 2017

Halifax surprisingly reports house prices spiked 1.1% in August. This lifted the year-on-year increase to 2.6% in three months to August – up from 2.1% in three months to July

Most affordable London boroughs revealed for the Class of 2017 graduates

• As thousands of graduates across the country move to London to begin their first job this month, many will be looking for an affordable place to live

Quarterly health check shows SMEs are at 18 month high

A falling number of business bankruptcies and increased lending to small and medium-sized enterprises brings relief to UK’s SMEs.

Economic Diary for Week Commencing 11th September 2017

Graham Spooner, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, gives his thoughts on what to expect from companies announcing results week commencing 11 September 2017.

How is Brexit Affecting the Plastic Industry?

Ever since citizens of the UK voted to leave the EU on Thursday June 23rd 2016, there has been of talk about how the move will affect different parts of the Britain’s economy.

How EIA Guestimates Keep Oil Prices Subdued

The EIA has once again undercut its previous estimates for U.S. oil production, offering further evidence that the U.S. shale industry is not producing as much as everyone thinks.