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In remarks to the BBC's economics editor, Robert Peston, Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane admitted the risk exists that long-term growth in the UK, and other developed economies, will be "soggier than it has been in the past".
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Perhaps the most closely watched gauge of German business confidence broke a string of six consecutive declines in November. 1 hour ago
The Department for Transport will announce the official privatisation of the East Coast Mainline later this week by unveiling the winning bid. 2 hours ago
Quindell's share price soared again on Monday amid speculation that the insurance outsourcer is considering selling some of its non-core assets. 2 hours ago
European stocks were mixed following the release of better-than-estimated German business confidence data and a worse-than-forecast report on US services. 3 hours ago
A wave of M&A news failed to give UK markets a boost on Monday as investors took profits after stocks hit their highest in two months the previous session. 3 hours ago
The finance and operations director of GB Group has acquired 24,000 shares in the identity intelligence solutions firm following the release of an upbeat half-year report. 3 hours ago
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These are the 10 top share tips and recommended trades for 2015 from our network of experts: professional traders, analysts and stock tipsters. Stock tips include some supermarkets, a US car maker, an AIM penny share and a FTSE 100 insurer, while there are three top forex trades and a pair of indices.
Good luck if you add them to your portfolio, but remember picking one share to buy for 2015 is a notoriously difficult thing to do and investments can go down as well as up!
The week ahead in the currency markets, as we sit just over a week away from the next ECB meeting with the German economy looking to be bouncing back, while across the pond will we see increased demand for the dollar against the pound with a small stream of US data due this week, including GDP and consumer confidence on Tuesday, durable goods on Wednesday and initial jobless claims on Thursday.
Also, a look at two of the major commodities, gold and oil, as investors react to central banks getting back on the stimulus bandwagon and Thursday’s OPEC meeting to determining which direction the oil price will move next.
This month I recommend both buying Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) and going short EURUSD, as I remain bearish on the euro and bullish on the dollar and think parity is looming.
Most readers will be familiar with Fiat cars, however many investors are still not aware that Fiat now also own Chrysler (bought out of bankruptcy in 2009), Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, Lancia, Ram Trucks, Abarth, Maserati and Ferrari.
With its mathematical formula to explain why ‘hipsters’ try to look different but end up looking the same, a radical new scientific paper could provide interesting lessons for contrarian investors. I think it's possible to take something from this unusual juxtaposition, even if it's just the mental image of Warren Buffet with a hipster beard and tattoos.
Mathematical neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul from the Collège de France in Paris has written a paper titled: “The Hipster Effect: When anti-conformists all look the same”.
Personal Group Holdings PGH has historically been a steady business offering employee benefits, but the purchase of Lets Connect, which provides salary sacrifice schemes enabling employees to acquire computers and other technology products, should be the first step on accelerating the company’s growth rate.
Personal has been around for three decades and the core business has historically been selling hospital plans and providing other employee benefits. The main income has come from the hospital plans, which offer a payment if the client goes into hospital, and the associated interest income on the payments.