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by Alexander Beard, on Nov 9, 2018 5:38:25 AM

If you’ve lent money to your children to help them with university fees, a deposit on their first home or even just to support them with the rising cost of …

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by Alexander Beard, on Sep 18, 2018 10:02:24 AM

The Bank of England has raised interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%, only the second rise in a decade. Currently, interest rates stand at their highest since 2009 and reflect …

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by Alexander Beard, on Mar 12, 2018 6:28:30 AM

Figures released at the end of January revealed that the final quarter of 2017 saw the economy expand by 0.5%. The Bank of England has now indicated that the pace …

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by Alexander Beard, on Feb 8, 2018 5:07:07 AM

My comments are intended to provide a sense of perspective on recent stock market events. I believe that they key factor driving markets at the moment is expectations of interest …

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by Alexander Beard, on Oct 31, 2017 7:00:10 AM

Recent official figures have revealed that homebuyers are being lent more money by banks than at any time since the global financial crisis a decade ago, with many of the …

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by Alexander Beard, on Aug 14, 2017 4:36:49 AM

The deputy governor of the Bank of England has stated that the bank should not be tempted to increase interest rates due to “imponderables” within the UK economy. The comments …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jul 24, 2017 5:34:34 AM

I like to compare investment portfolios to recipes, not because I am a good cook - I have (without any exaggeration) made people retch with my dishes - but because …

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by Alexander Beard, on Sep 5, 2016 5:11:13 AM

With the Bank of England cutting UK interest rates this month for the first time since 2009 to just 0.25%, it looks more likely than ever that Britain could experience …

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