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UK unemployment falls by 45,000

UK unemployment fell by 45,000 in the three months to March to stand at 2.63 million, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The unemployment rate was 8.2% of the economically active population for January to March 2012, down 0.2% on the quarter.

The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23%, down 0.1% on the quarter. There were 9.25 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 35,000 on the quarter.


No entry

The market desperately needs more competition and this can’t happen without new entrants. But the FSA’s tough stance and delays in gaining authorisation are making this a difficult prospect

The Mortgage Mole

Martial moves Last week the Huffington Post ran a story on London landlords evicting tenants so they can let out the properties for inflated prices during the Olympics.

MS Leader: Market woes fall on deaf ears

With the Stamp Duty holiday dead and buried, the country in recession and the dark cloud emanating from Europe getting bigger on a daily basis, the gloomy housing figures for April published last week were hardly a surprise.

Show me the money – earnings are central to performance in Europe

Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]


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