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St. James’s Place – The benefits of a financially healthy nation
September 22, 2022

According to our nationwide analysis of financial wellbeing, conducted in conjunction with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), those living in the South East are four times more financially healthy than those living in the North East – and they have a 20% higher average annual wage. However, “The higher cost of living in

Yahoo! Finance – Global Financial Inclusion Index from Principal® Develops Benchmark for Financial Security and Inclusion
September 21, 2022

Singapore is the world’s most financially inclusive market, alongside the U.S., Nordic Europe, and Hong Kong, according to the inaugural Global Financial Inclusion Index (Index) sponsored by Principal Financial Group®. The research, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and released today, examines how well a market’s respective government, financial system, and employers provide relevant tools,

Investment Week – UK could face pensions crisis warns new financial inclusion index
September 21, 2022

The UK has ranked among the lowest for a number of financial inclusion factors, suggesting a pensions crisis could be looming, according to new data. The inaugural Global Financial Inclusion Index, found that the UK, alongside Germany, France and other “wealthy nations”, are failing to engage their ageing populations around the threats of inadequate retirement

The Scotsman – Firms encouraged to embrace ESG to help generate trillion-pound global uplift
September 20, 2022

The global accounting, audit, and advisory network, present in Scotland via accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael, which joined in in 2021, commissioned the Centre of Economics and Business Research to carry out the study, which polled 1,262 companies with at least 250 staff from across the US, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands as well as the UK. It also found that

YouGov – Overall consumer confidence is negative for the first time since May 2020
September 16, 2022

Falls across every metric drag consumer confidence index into negative territory for the first time since summer 2020   Both household finance measures decline, with outlook dropping by ten points  Sentiment among homeowners and workers deteriorates   Expectations for business activity become increasingly gloomy   August saw confidence among UK consumers become negative for the first time

Bloomberg – UK Consumer Confidence Drop Feeds Concern About House Prices
September 15, 2022

UK consumer confidence slipped into negative territory for the first time since the pandemic lockdown in the middle of 2020, with homeowners more concerned the value of their property could be at risk. YouGov Plc said its reading of sentiment dropped 4.2 points to 98.8 in August. Pessimism fed into perceptions about where house prices are

The Business Times – UK consumer confidence drop feeds concern about house prices
September 15, 2022

UK consumer confidence slipped into negative territory for the first time since the pandemic lockdown in the middle of 2020, with homeowners more concerned the value of their property could be at risk. YouGov said its reading of sentiment dropped 4.2 points to 98.8 in August. Pessimism fed into perceptions about where house prices are

The Telegraph – Crisis for landlords as one in 12 tenants pays reduced rent
September 15, 2022

One in 12 tenants has had their rent reduced to help them beat the cost-of-living crisis. Buy-to-let investors are haemorrhaging rental income as soaring inflation and rocketing energy bills hammer renters’ finances. Nearly one in 12 tenants (8pc) said their landlord had given them a temporary rent reduction in the last six months, according to research by

The Telegraph – Homeowners could save thousands by remortgaging early
September 15, 2022

Households could save thousands by remortgaging now and paying an early repayment charge. The rate at which interest rates are rising means that waiting until the end of a fixed term to remortgage may not be the best financial decision. Instead, locking in a lower rate now, and paying a proportion of the loan to leave

The Herald – Shoppers’ confidence in negative territory
September 15, 2022

YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research said with UK energy bills set to continue increasing and inflation rising all over the world, the overall index fell by 4.2 points in August from 103 to 98.8, the largest decline since the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fieldwork for the study took place over

Evening Standard – Consumer confidence sees steepest decline since early stages of pandemic
September 15, 2022

Confidence among UK consumers has fallen into negative territory for the first time since June 2020, according to a survey. The Consumer Confidence Index from YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) fell by 4.2 points in August from 103.0 to 98.8, the largest decline since the early stages of the pandemic. It comes as inflation, largely

Sky News – Consumer confidence plummets over future inflation concerns and cost of living fears
September 15, 2022

The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) from YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) measures how optimistic people are feeling about the state of the economy. Benchmarked at 100, above that figure consumers are generally optimistic, below 100 they are pessimistic. The CCI fell by 4.2 points in August from 103.0 to 98.8,

The Independent – Consumer confidence sees steepest decline since early stages of pandemic
September 15, 2022

Confidence among UK consumers has fallen into negative territory for the first time since June 2020, according to a survey. The Consumer Confidence Index from YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) fell by 4.2 points in August from 103.0 to 98.8, the largest decline since the early stages of the pandemic. It comes as inflation,

City A.M. – UK consumer confidence falls into negative territory for first time since 2020
September 15, 2022

Confidence among UK consumers has fallen into negative territory for the first time since June 2020, according to a survey. The Consumer Confidence Index from YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) fell by 4.2 points in August from 103.0 to 98.8, the largest decline since the early stages of the pandemic.

Property Notify – Housebuilders Feel the Chill from Gloomy Forecasts
September 14, 2022

Not so long ago, the share prices of the UK’s leading housebuilders were what brokers and investment banks would describe as a strong buy, maybe even a stonking one. From a low point of 384p a share in April 2020, the first Covid-19 lockdown and the closure of the housing market, Barratt Developments’ share price

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