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Gold And Silver Prices Sink To 4½ Year Lows

Gold and silver prices sunk to their lowest prices in and 4½ years overnight, as the improving US dollar and predictions of upcoming stimulus programs by major world economies applied more pressure to the ailing commodities. Closing Prices The traded contract that has seen the...

European Union Lowers Its Growth Forecasts

On Tuesday the European Union (EU) announced that it has lowered its growth outlook for the European area. The new forecasts by the EU has gross domestic product (GDP) of the 18 nation Eurozone region now set at an expected rise of 0.8% for 2014, and a projected rise of 1.1% for...

Third Quarter US Figures Show Improvement In Growth

The latest figures just released from the US have revealed an annual growth rate of 3.5%, which is 0.5% higher than had previously been forecasted by the US government treasury department. The unexpected boost to the numbers has been attributed to an increase in US exports and...

Mixed News For Property Prices Across UK In Latest Figures

Data recently released by the Land Registry department, a generally trusted source amongst observers, shows mixed news for property prices across England for the months between August and September, 2014. The regions have followed London’s recent cooling off and it is the...

UK Growth Slows In The Third Quarter, But Remains On Track

New figures released on Friday by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK economy grew 0.7% in the third quarter of this year, which is down from the 0.9% which was recorded for the second quarter of 2014. While the slowing of growth in the economy was expected, the...

Shares in banking sector drop in run-up to financial results announcements

Turbulence is something that large parts of the banking sector have experienced for a number of years, some as far back as 2007. While there are signs that the tide is beginning to turn in their favour once again, recent performance in the financial markets suggest that there is...

Markets and experts eagerly anticipating Royal Mail stock flotation

Seen by many as a great British institution, Royal Mail will no longer be in public ownership as of Tuesday October 15. Shares in the delivery firm are set to be floated on the stock market, priced individually between 260p and 330p, which may seem like an attractive proposition...

Spread Betting – The Recent Facts and Figures

The overwhelming majority of commodity traders expect prices to grow or remain steady by the end of the year, according to a survey by a top UK spread betting provider. The survey was sent to 200 fund managers and contained a range of questions about their expectations for...

Achieving a Balanced Portfolio

The reminders to individual investors to maintain a balanced portfolio come every day as either helpful hints in the email inbox, or given as sage advice on the news at the end of the money reports each evening on the news. It is always a similar quip, following a detailed...

Bernanke squashes fears of monetary stimulus

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, squashed any suggestions that the US central bank was on the verge of tapering its $85 billion a month monetary stimulus package. The head of the worlds largest central bank was addressing the US congress during one of his...