News by: Helen Harjak

GDP: a ‘limited’ measure of economic health

by Helen Harjak on Jul 31, 2014 at 00:01

Gross domestic product (GDP) plays an important role for UK government and business but economists argue the figures are based on limited information and go out of date too quickly.

UK economy ready to withstand rate rise

by Helen Harjak on Jul 30, 2014 at 00:01

With the end of ultra-low interest rates looking increasingly certain, the debate has turned to how well the UK is positioned to withstand tightening monetary policy.

Tech investors upbeat despite volatility hit

by Helen Harjak on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:01

With computer giant Microsoft to axe up to 18,000 jobs, the technology sector is once again under the spotlight.

Property funds return to favour but don't fear a bubble yet

by Helen Harjak on Jul 24, 2014 at 00:01

After falling dramatically out of favour during the financial crisis, commercial property funds are once again winning the hearts and minds of investors

Why are emerging market equities so strong?

by Helen Harjak on Jul 22, 2014 at 00:01

While investors are moving back into emerging markets following last year’s outflows, lingering headwinds for growth prospects require investors to be selective.

Will sterling’s rise harm the UK’s exporters?

by Helen Harjak on Jul 17, 2014 at 00:01

Opinion and data remains divided on whether sterling’s rise to a five-year high against the euro and dollar is harming UK businesses exporting to countries with weaker currencies.

Are the markets too sanguine about risk?

by Helen Harjak on Jul 16, 2014 at 00:01

Concerns are rising that ongoing low volatility has left stock markets vulnerable to correction.

How positive jobs data bury bad news

by Helen Harjak on Jul 15, 2014 at 17:20

Lurking behind the falling UK and US unemployment figures is the fact that many new jobs created are low-paid, self-employed or zero-hour contracts.

Is it time for a reverse in long-dated US treasuries?

by Helen Harjak on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:01

The lengthy equity rally is arguably now looking stretched as long-dated US treasuries have emerged as one of this year’s best plays.

Do measures to control house prices work and do we need them?

by Helen Harjak on Jul 09, 2014 at 00:01

Labour shortage could thwart Germany’s growth

by Helen Harjak on Jul 08, 2014 at 00:01

Germany is set to endure a severe labour shortage of up to 10 million workers by 2030, unless it takes swift action to boost immigration and increase working hours for older generations

Why IPOs aren't a one-way bet

by Helen Harjak on Jul 02, 2014 at 11:01

Following a spate of IPOs in the UK, Brewin Dolphin has warned investors not to expect every market debut to match Royal Mail’s stellar first few months as a listed entity.

Will rising rates be the end of the fixed income party?

by Helen Harjak on Jul 01, 2014 at 00:01

Concerns are rising among fixed income investors that the decent returns enjoyed in recent years are set to disappear when monetary policy begins to tighten its grip.

Middle East unrest causes oil price volatility

by Helen Harjak on Jul 01, 2014 at 00:01

Islamist militants have been seizing new territories in Iraq, including the country’s biggest oil refinery in Baiji, raising investors’ concerns about oil prices in the past few weeks.

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