UK Retail Sales Post Weak Growth in January

U.K. retail sales grew only modestly in January, having posted a steep drop the previous month, new figures showed Friday, signaling weak consumer spending continued to weigh on the largely domestic-driven economy. The Office for National Statistics said sales grew by 0.1% on the month in January compared with a 1.4% monthly decline in December. […]

U.S. Import Prices Rise in January

Prices for foreign-made goods imported to the U.S. rose in January, driven by a broad range of product price increases and capping a week of solid inflation readings. Import prices increased 1% in January from a month earlier, the Labor Department said Friday, beating expectations of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal. The January […]

China Holdings of U.S. Debt Rose in 2017 by Most in Seven Years

China increased its holdings of U.S. Treasuries last year by the most since 2010, in a signal its demand for American debt remains resilient. The value of China’s holdings of U.S. bonds, notes and bills rose by $126.5 billion to $1.18 trillion in December from a year earlier, according to Treasury Department data released Thursday […]

Where I am investing my son’s Junior ISA

Just over four years ago I decided it was time for some ‘skin in the game’ and opened my first stocks and shares ISA account. This year, however, I am feeling the pressure, as I am setting up my son’s first ever Junior ISA and investing on his behalf. In deciding to invest the money I am not following […]

15 stocks for your ISA

I understand there’s been a little turmoil in the markets. Thanks to rolling news and other investors, it’s impossible to escape the fact that share prices have fallen. I do, however, feel calm about it. That’s because my view of the stockmarket is not the one presented in the headlines, or in the red arrows […]

The week ahead: Lloyds Bank, HSBC, Barratt Developments

It’s bank reporting season and four of the five big names step up this week. Also watch for results from other blue chips including Centrica and Glencore. Monday 19 February Trading Statements Gleeson (M J), Petra Diamonds, Mccoll’s Retail, Reckitt Benckiser, Spectris, Fidessa AGM/EGM Elegant Hotels Tuesday 20 February HSBC (HSBA) kicks off the banking sector […]

Stocks set for best week in six years, dollar sags

World shares were set for their best week of gains in six years on Friday after two consecutive weeks in the red, shrugging off a rise in global borrowing costs while the dollar hit its lowest since 2014. MSCI’s world index of stocks, which tracks shares in 47 countries, was up 0.3 percent after European […]

The Oil Man: Saffron/Coro, Victoria Oil, Zenith

WTI $61.34 +74c, Brent $64.33 -3c, Diff -$2.99 -77c, NG $2.58 -1c Traders say it was a funny old day in the market yesterday, an early sell off was closed with a weak greenback helping out, but WTI gained most as it finished up on the day. The differential is now below $3 and means […]

Hidden gem investment trusts for your ISA

Our annual niche investment trust selections focus on areas that are best accessed through investment trusts or other forms of closed-ended funds. This applies where the sectors in which they invest are relatively illiquid, such as the commercial property, unquoted companies and infrastructure sectors. However, the appeal of these trusts may derive from their board’s […]