UK Interest Rates From 1694 To 2014: Chart

The Bank of England raised the official interest rate from 0.25% to 0.50% for the first time in more than 10 years on November 2, 2017. Higher interest rates are a boon to savers but hit all types of borrowers especially mortgage borrowes whose loans are variable-type loans. Until this recent hike, interest rates have …

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Interest Rate on Soverign Debt From 1150 AD to 2012: Chart

The following chart shows the yield on long-term soverign debt from 1150 AD to 2012. In the year 1440, Venice paid a high itnerest rate of 20%. Overall according to an article by Dominic Frisby at MoneyWeek money has not been this cheap for a very very long time when we consider the current interest …

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Time in the Market is More Important Than Timing the Market

One of the important investment concepts that investors have to always remember is the futility of trying to time the market. It is never a wise strategy to time the market – which simply means selling out at market tops and buying back at market lows and repeating the process over and over. Since this …

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Three Concentration Risks In The British Stock Market

Concentration risk is one of the risks that investors in the British equity market must be aware of.  Though the UK is one of the largest economies in Europe and in the developed world, its equity market is highly concentrated with select sectors and companies dominating the market. So British investors are wise to diversify …

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The UK Stock Market Has Performed Well Under Conservatives Than Labour

The UK general election is scheduled to take place tomorrow (8 June 2017). After the surprising Brexit vote last year this will be the major political event in the country. British stocks have performed well in the past under conservative leadership than labour according to an article I came across recently. The following chart shows the …

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These 10 Companies Pay Half of all UK Dividends

The British equity market is an excellent hunting ground for yield-seeking investors. British firms have a strong dividend culture and have high dividend yields on their equities. For American investors, an added advantage is that there is no withholding taxes on dividends (excluding REITs). Despite the pros, the British stock market has a structural issue …

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