Economic Diary for Week Commencing 2nd October 2017

Graham Spooner, Investment Research Analyst at The Share Centre, gives his thoughts on what to expect from companies announcing results week commencing 2 October 2017.

Should we welcome plans to sell off wasted NHS land?

With the NHS under severe financial pressure, should we welcome plans to raise capital by selling off inefficiently used land and buildings owned by the health service?

‘Telephone first’ approach is no panacea for reducing GP workload

A ‘telephone first’ approach is not a panacea for reducing workload in UK general practice and there is no evidence that it saves money, finds a study in The BMJ today.

Global Investor​ Confidence Declines in September by 2.4 points to 104.4

North American Confidence Continues Decline, While European and Asian Confidence Rises

NEX Markets launches NEX Quant Analytics

The FX market’s largest and most comprehensive community-based analytics tool, NEX Quant Analytics gives clients greater insight into market and trade activity and allows them to benchmark their performance relative to peers

The world’s top destinations ranked for UK remote workers looking to live the dream abroad

From city breaks to quiet lakes, figures from PeoplePerHour has identified the world’s best value locations when it comes to UK freelancers working from another country

Gender pay gap: New transparency rules show female managers earn £12K less than male colleagues

– New research reveals the gender pay gap now stands at 26.8% for UK managers – an average £11,606 per year

– The gap increases to £34,144 for director-level positions

Investment Company Purchases at Record Level in First Half of 2017

-Q2 purchases of investment companies second highest on record

-Most popular sectors were Global and Property Direct – UK

HMRC collects £124 million from tackling Capital Gains Tax avoidance

Difficulty securing entrepreneur’s relief could lead to more taxpayers entering into avoidance schemes

HMRC collected £124 million last year from investigations into SMEs and ‘wealthy individuals’ suspected of avoiding Capital Gains Tax

Brexit Businessman Arron Banks in Major Lesotho Diamond Find

A 'significant find' of Alluvial Diamonds in eastern Lesotho has been discovered by Bristol businessman Arron Banks.

Over Half of UK Employees Think Annual Appraisals are “Pointless” or “Time Consuming”

Research highlights that the days of annual appraisals are numbered

78% of personal investors had no exposure to financial education at school

– Two-thirds of personal investors believe they would’ve made more informed decisions if they had received dedicated financial education lessons at school

– Personal investors feel unprepared when faced with tax, mortgages and pension