The growing Bitcoin bubble – is it worth the risk?

Bitcoin is now trading at over five times its price just a year ago, and other cryptocurrencies have seen price surges of up to 18,000%. But is it a golden opportunity, or a bubble in imminent danger of collapse? And is crypto worth the environmental cost? When you step inside a Bitcoin mining factory, the … Continue reading “The growing Bitcoin bubble – is it worth the risk?”

Gen-Z looks ahead: young adults get pension-savvy

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. New findings show that the pension saving message is at last filtering through to young people. But are the older generations now the ones who are being complacent? Generation Z (adults under 24) are already poised to overtake Millennials in the race to be ready for retirement, … Continue reading “Gen-Z looks ahead: young adults get pension-savvy”

Economic Review April 2021

Stronger recovery predicted The UK economy returned to growth in February and survey evidence suggests a strong recovery is imminent, as lockdown restrictions ease and the vaccine rollout continues at pace. Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy grew by 0.4% in February, as businesses prepared for the lifting of … Continue reading “Economic Review April 2021”

Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage

Self-employed people still face an uphill struggle in mortgage applications, but help is at hand. Though some lenders have tightened their criteria, others are working with mortgage brokers to encourage buyers with complex incomes. If you run your own business, work as a contractor or earn through freelancing, then you’re disproportionately more like to have … Continue reading “Taking on the challenge of a self employed mortgage”

Residential Property Review – April 2021

Spring sees the busiest ever housing market Growing optimism due to the vaccine rollout, the return of low-deposit mortgages and the Stamp Duty holiday extension for England and Wales, have contributed to make this spring the best time to be a property seller in a decade, according to property website Rightmove. The online property portal … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – April 2021”

Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021

Nine out of 10 investors are beginning to move their capital into ‘greener’ investments in response to the threat of climate change – and are increasingly avoiding assets with a big environmental impact. There’s nothing investors like to see more than a steadily rising line on a graph – unless, that is, the graph is … Continue reading “Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021”

Economic Review March 2021

BoE: Outlook ‘unusually uncertain’ The Bank of England (BoE) has expressed growing confidence that a near-term recovery is gathering pace, although policymakers appear split over the country’s longer-term economic prospects. Gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the UK economy shrank by 2.9% in January as the third … Continue reading “Economic Review March 2021”

Residential Property Review – March 2021

Stamp Duty holiday extension In his Budget on 3 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed an extension to the Stamp Duty holiday in England and Northern Ireland. Rather than ending on 31 March, as originally announced, the nil-rate threshold for Stamp Duty will remain at £500,000 until 30 June. The extension means that buyers will save … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – March 2021”

Economic Review February 2021

UK economy poised for recovery Although the latest gross domestic product (GDP) statistics revealed the UK suffered a record slump in 2020, there are now growing hopes the economy is on the cusp of recovery. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed the UK endured a record fall in output last year … Continue reading “Economic Review February 2021”

Residential Property Review – February 2021

House price growth slows Several recent reports have confirmed that house price growth is slowing, but there are reasons to believe that the housing market will be more stable than last year. According to Knight Frank, the third lockdown and the imminent end of the Stamp Duty holiday have played a major part in delaying … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – February 2021”