How The Political Revolving Door Influences Investing

The world may seem a different place in a few months as a serious of political events unleashes uncertainty about the future of several developed countries. And that political uncertainty is one of the factors that undermines economic growth and market sentiment, according to a detailed study by economist Stephanie Kelly of financial firm Standard […]

Brexit Could Have Been Worse For The UK, Says Economists

Brexit’s not that bad really, says economists who forecast recession and financial chaos after the June referendum to leave the European Union. As the world moves on, successive companies claim they have suffered no downturn on their profits from Brexit. The Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) even reckons Britain will be the only […]

Brexit Is Go As May Triggers Article 50

Britain has finally started talks to leave the European Union after the Brexit referendum voted ibn favour of the split. Nine months and a few days after the referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has written to European Council president Donald Tusk. Her six-page missive basically said thanks for having us, but we’re off and would […]

Spanish Bad Bank ready To Sell Homes

Property investors with nerves of steel could do well when the Spanish ‘bad bank’ Sareb releases thousands of repossessed properties on to the market. Sareb was created last year as a vehicle for Spain’s leading banks to offload toxic debts from its books – mainly in distressed property. The first batch of around 13,000 properties, […]

Glittering Year Ahead For Gold Investors

Gold has a glittering year ahead if predictions of bullion experts contain a nugget of truth. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) says global gold consumption should rise next year after demand dropped by 7.4% in 2012. A slowdown in the economies of India and China also helped fuel the decline –  but China is expected […]

Europe finds creating jobs hard work

The struggling economies of Europe have seen unemployment rise slightly and a prediction from one credit rating agency that the economy will remain ‘stagnant’. Eurostat, the statistics office of the European Union, says that the number of people with jobs fell by a marginal 0.2% for the third quarter of 2012. The biggest falls were […]

Protesters Take To Streets Over Invite To Expats

A controversial plan to boost Singapore’s population with a large number of immigrants has been met with a rare street protest. The move follows the government’s acceptance of a study aimed at arresting the country’s declining population with a bid to allow 1.3 million immigrants into the country by 2030. The three hour long rally […]

Expats hopes rising – and they expect more pay

Workers around the world are more optimistic about how the financial prospects for their employers  – and they are increasingly expecting pay rises, says a new survey. Global employment agency Randstad regularly surveys employees and found that many have hopes that their country’s economies will improve and help boost their own employer’s fortunes. The headline […]

New foreign destinations for UK expats in retirement

Increasing numbers of UK retirees are dumping the traditional notion of heading to the British seaside to see out their later years – and are heading abroad to the sun instead. Some surprising new destinations have shouldered their way among the traditional places in the sun, like Spain, Australia and the USA. New favourites include […]