Category: Rates & Indexes

Interest rates back on the slopes

Bank of England holds off following the Fed and ECB in interest rate cuts as the search for yields gets harder.

Flexing a ten-year old muscle…

The US Federal Reserve has made its first interest cut in 10 years – but will it have a knock-on effect?

Inflation dips below the Bank of England’s target

January 2019 saw the lowest level of inflation since January 2017, with the rate recorded at 1.8%. The data was slightly better than had been expected, with the CPI rate falling to below the Bank of England’s 2% target for the first time in two years.

Index-linked savings certificates

The popular National Savings & Investments (NS&I) savings certificates will be indexed to CPI instead of RPI from next year.

Interest rates creeping up after nine years

The Bank of England increased the base interest rate in August to 0.75% – the second increase in 12 months.

Understanding what goes in to the FTSE100

The latest quarterly review of the FTSE 100 revealed common misunderstandings about how the index is drawn up.

Interest rates for the Eurozone and US diverge

Important interest rate announcements were made in June, both in the UK and the US.

Mainland Chinese stocks join the MSCI index

Important changes affecting Chinese market indices took effect in June 2018, which could affect emerging market funds.

Interest rate rises prove hard to predict

The Bank of England did not raise interest rates in May, despite earlier suggestions that it would.

How useful is the Dow?

The Dow Jones industrial Average – the Dow – is a well-known part of the investment market, often quoted by news sources. But what does it mean, and is it useful when making investment decisions?