Economic Review August 2020

FASTER REBOUND; SLOWER RECOVERY As recent economic statistics confirm the UK officially entered recession, Bank of England (BoE) forecasts suggest the slump will be less severe than previously thought, but the ensuing recovery is likely to take longer. Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy shrank by 20.4% between April … Continue reading “Economic Review August 2020”

Rain or shine? A guide to weathering the UK economy

The UK’s favourite habit is talking about the weather. But lately the economy has proved even harder to predict. So what’s the forecast for businesses, homebuyers, savers, investors and spenders? ‘The economy is bouncing back.’ ‘There’s a recession coming.’ ‘Don’t panic!’ ‘We’re all doomed.’ To say there are mixed messages about the UK economy right … Continue reading “Rain or shine? A guide to weathering the UK economy”

Residential Property Review – August 2020

Our monthly residential market review is intended to provide background to recent developments in property markets, as well as to give an indication of how some key issues could impact in the future.  House price recovery continues July saw house prices enter positive territory for the first time since March, with a net balance of … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – August 2020”

Women lag behind men in pension planning

Nearly half of women in the UK haven’t thought about how much income they want in retirement, or how much they need to save to get it. New research suggests that women may be less pension-conscious than men – but why? Around four in 10 women in the UK are unsure how much income they … Continue reading “Women lag behind men in pension planning”

Economic Review of July 2020

UK Economy Recovering Although recent data has confirmed that the UK economy is recovering from its coronavirus lockdown slump, the longer-term outlook (unsurprisingly) remains decidedly unclear. Official data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the UK economy grew by 1.8% in May, following April’s record 20.3% contraction. While this modest rebound … Continue reading “Economic Review of July 2020”

Residential Property Review – July 2020

Our monthly residential market review is intended to provide background to recent developments in property markets, as well as to give an indication of how some key issues could impact in the future. UK housing market shows initial signs of recovery The number of prospective home buyers bounced back ‘noticeably‘ in June, as did enquiries, … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – July 2020”

Economic review – June 2020

‘New Deal’ to boost economy The Prime Minister has set out government plans to deliver a post-lockdown economic recovery, with a promise to accelerate £5bn worth of spending pledges on a range of infrastructure projects across the country. During a speech delivered at the Dudley College of Technology on 30 June, Mr Johnson promised to … Continue reading “Economic review – June 2020”

Residential Property Review – June 2020

Buyer enquiries stabilise – but house price falls remain likely May saw a considerable upswing in buyer enquiries from a record low net balance of -94% in April to -5% in May, according to the latest Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Newly agreed sales increased from -93% to -35%, … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – June 2020”

Surge in demand for pension advice amid COVID confusion

The UK has seen a rapid rise in the number of people accessing their pension pots or enquiring about doing so, according to separate findings by Unbiased.co.uk and HMRC.  A combination of pressures triggered by the COVID-19 crisis is driving more Brits to raid their pensions for one reason or another. And although many are … Continue reading “Surge in demand for pension advice amid COVID confusion”

Has lockdown lifted your savings?

Though many have suffered financially from the COVID-19 lockdown, some Brits are enjoying a mini-windfall due to lower spending. If your savings have received a boost, how can you make the most of it? They say it’s an ill wind that blows no-one any good. In the midst of so much bad news – both … Continue reading “Has lockdown lifted your savings?”