Economic Review June 2021

MPC maintains monetary stance Following its latest meeting held on 22 June, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) judged that the existing monetary stance remains appropriate, despite inflation rising above the Bank of England’s target level. Data released last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate – … Continue reading “Economic Review June 2021”

Residential Property Review – June 2021

Renting less expensive than buying a property Research from estate agency Hamptons, suggests that renters are better off than buyers for the first time in five years. The study found that, just prior to the pandemic in March 2020, the average buyer with a 10% deposit was better off than renters by £102 per month. … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – June 2021”

Are you missing opportunities for your money?

Brits are better at saving than they think, but most are only one step away from using a savings jar or keeping money under the mattress. Despite the popular image of a debt-ridden society of spendthrifts, around 8 in 10 people are adding to their savings every month, even if by just a little. Meanwhile … Continue reading “Are you missing opportunities for your money?”

Commercial Property Market Review – June 2021

Shopping centres on the brink In another blow to the ailing retail sector, research from Local Data Company (LDC) has revealed that potentially 70 of Britain’s 700 shopping centres are in line for demolition. In a sector already negatively impacted by the rise in online retail, rising costs and changing habits, the fact that most … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – June 2021”

Looking back at the markets through May 2021

A selection of articles looking back through the markets last month.   Global Market Review Markets gripped by inflation fears Although global equity markets generally ended May in positive territory, investor sentiment during the month was affected by growing concerns that mounting inflationary pressures could lead to higher interest rates. “The shadow of Covid-19 is … Continue reading “Looking back at the markets through May 2021”

Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness

The inclusion of ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues within mainstream investment strategies has been gaining in prominence during the pandemic, according to new research – and it’s a trend that’s set to continue. The global rise of ESG – a megatrend here to stay ESG investment has been increasingly catching the interest of investors … Continue reading “Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness”

Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches

The new First Homes scheme is now being piloted in Bolsover and will be rolled out across England from the end of June. It offers first-time buyers – and key workers especially – the chance to buy locally and affordably. However, some parts of the UK will remain much more affordable than others. First-time buyers … Continue reading “Half-price houses? The First Homes scheme launches”

What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?

The First Homes scheme is a new policy that will provide discounted homes to first-time buyers in England who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. More specifically, under this scheme, first-time buyers will be able to purchase a new-build home in their community at a discount of 30% on the market price. For an … Continue reading “What is the First Homes scheme and how does it work?”

Economic Review May 2021

BoE upgrades growth forecast The Bank of England (BoE) has significantly increased its 2021 growth forecast, as survey evidence continues to highlight a strong economic rebound, fuelled by the easing of lockdown restrictions and rapid vaccine rollout. In early May, the BoE revealed its latest predictions for the UK economy, which included a growth forecast … Continue reading “Economic Review May 2021”

Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid

Many people were expecting that house prices would fall during the pandemic, or at least stagnate. Indeed, a lot of first-time buyers were wistfully hoping that it might happen. But the government didn’t want a property crash on top of everything else, so introduced the stamp duty holiday to buoy up the market and protected … Continue reading “Seven deadly mortgage sins to avoid”