Week in NUMBERS

£43bn – The amount savers have lost in interest since the base rate was cut to 0.5%, according to Bank of England data.

16 – The ranking of HSBC in a list of the top 50 safest financial institutions in the world by Global Finance magazine.

49,566 – The number of mortgage approvals for house purchase in August, a 15-month high and 4.3% higher than in August 2010, according to e.surv’s mortgage monitor.

35 – The age at which financial commitments peak, according to a report from Standard Life.

$447bn – The value of the package unveiled by Barack Obama to stimulate job growth in the US.

55% – The proportion of brokers who do not expect any significant rise in remortgage business before the base rate increases, research from Kensington says.

500,000 – The number of National Savings & Investment inflation-linked bonds which were pulled last week taken out since their launch in May.

1.4% – Annual gross domestic product growth forecast for the UK for 2011 from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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