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UK unemployment falls to 7-year low

UK unemployment has fallen in March, bringing in the best rate since mid-2008. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the first quarter employment for those aged 16 to 64 rose to 73.5 per cent, up from 72.5 per cent a year earlier. Employment was up by 202,000 in the three months to […]

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SNP targets ‘unfair’ pension charges

The Scottish National Party has warned that while it backs pension freedoms, it plans to identify and target “hidden” and “unfair” charges. In its election manifesto, published earlier today, the SNP says it backs the principle of giving pensioners more freedom over how to spend their retirement pot. However, the party warns: “We must ensure adequate […]

Ian McKenna: Dispatches from Finovate (Day two)

Day two of Finovate kicked off with the organisers highlighting the volume of money that firms presenting in 2014 had raised, totaling a staggering $1.4bn. Of this two of the six who had raised the most are firms whose propositions have significant potential in the UK; Motif Investing, who raised a breathtaking $75m, and Personal […]

Pete Matthew launches paid-for personal finance courses

Jacksons Wealth Management managing director Pete Matthew has launched a website offering paid-for courses on personal finance. Matthew set up financial education site MeaningfulMoney five years ago, which offers videos and podcasts. Its podcasts receive over 500 downloads per day. Matthew has today launched Meaningful University, which is initially offering a four-week online course on […]

The times they are a-changin’

After joining Artemis last year, Cormac Weldon launched the Artemis US Equity, US Select and US Smaller Companies funds. A lot has happened in the US economy since — including a period of unexpectedly weak growth in the first quarter of this year. US stocks, however, have produced positive returns and all three funds are comfortably […]

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