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Expert view: All is not lost for savers

By Philip Shapiro, January 14, 2009

The UK now has the lowest base rate since the creation of the Bank of England in 1694. While this is good news for some borrowers with tracker mortgages, this presents real problems for those in our community who rely on interest on savings to make ends meet.

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Expert view: There might yet be a happy ending

By David Coffer, January 8, 2009

Is this how Dorothy felt after Oz or the Knights after Camelot?

Where has our magical existence gone?

Now rudderless, we drift through the doldrums of the sea of commerce in a fog which gives no specific clue of direction or time. Like Phileas Fogg, we cut the wood from the hulk to keep the ship going to who knows where.

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Expert view: The winners and losers of 2008

By Elissa Bayer, December 23, 2008

Looking back at 2008, the year divided into two sections. January to August were not unpleasant, although the words “sub-prime loan” clearly entered the vocabulary. But the last third of the year was very different, when every day seemingly brought a fresh financial disaster.

The timing of our own New Year in September coincided with an 800-point fall in the Dow Jones Index and the fall of Lehman Brothers, which is still causing waves throughout the financial sector.

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Expert view: There will be plenty of opportunities to invest in 2009

By Oliver Ralph, December 18, 2008

Coming into 2008, the talk was all Cs — credit crunch, caution and a crisis of confidence were the order of the day. Analysts expected just a modest economic downturn. Going into 2009, we’ve moved on a letter and predictions focus on D — depression, deflation and the de-rating of the pound are sparking fear across the City.

The economic outlook is not good. While a recession has not yet been confirmed statistically (and won’t be until early next year), the growing reports of job losses and bankruptcies show we have certainly progressed well beyond the realms of a mild downturn.

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Expert view: It’s crucial to safeguard free trade tectionism

By Sir Martin Sorrell, December 11, 2008

One of the most worrying symptoms of the world’s current economic ills has been a resurgence of protectionism. National governments the world over have raised the barriers on foreign companies seeking to enter their domestic markets.

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Expert view: India’s economy will rebound from this

By Jonathan Morris, December 4, 2008

As we try to come to terms with the vivid television images of the appalling terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week and the heartbreaking funerals of the victims held in India, Israel and elsewhere, it is difficult to visualise a time when India’s financial centre will return, once again, to something approaching normality.

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Expert view: The size of Obama’s challenge

By Elissa Bayer, November 13, 2008

The victory on Nov-ember 4 of Senator Barack Obama set off a fanfare of extraordinary rhetoric all over the world.

The commentary has not stopped and clearly it is an overwhelming achievement but - and it is a big but - what happens next?

The US stock market allowed him no honeymoon at all and despite the Bank of England reducing interest rates by an unprecedented 1.5 per cent, the UK and European markets continued to move down.

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Expert view: Turmoil can be an investor’s best friend

By Philip Shapiro, November 6, 2008

The financial system is going through unprecedented turmoil both in the UK and abroad. Its problems have begun to contaminate the wider UK economy with unemployment rising and more companies failing. We may have avoided financial Armageddon following the Government's intervention to shore up the UK banking sector, but the next 24 months look set to be the most challenging for the economy for at least a generation.

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Expert view: Business bad? Go for a workout

By David Pearl, October 30, 2008

When the financial world - as we once knew it - is falling apart around you, being fit and healthy is crucial.

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Expert view: Israeli stars want to list in London

By Jonathan Morris, October 23, 2008

As we grow accustomed to ever more depressing economic news, it is hard to imagine the day when we will, once again, witness Israeli companies travelling to London to try their luck with a listing on the main market or AIM. However, that day will surely come, which perhaps explains why, despite the understandable pessimism currently enveloping us, the London Stock Exchange is looking to the future and making another one of their regular visits to Israel next month.

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