Should investors look towards value and cyclical equities as inflation fears grow?

London’s FTSE 100 index finally succumbed to this week’s jitters on global equity markets, with a fall of 1.8 per cent for the blue-chip index today. Asian and US markets had already suffered some nervers from the spike in bond yields earlier in the week. The yield on 10-year US Treasury bills powered through 1.5 … Read more

Two thirds of small British firms expect to grow their business in 2021

Many small and medium British businesses are becoming more confident about the near future despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey suggests.   After a dreadful 2020, two thirds of UK businesses have said they are optimistic about their prospects of growth in 2021, with younger business owners the most upbeat about … Read more

Former EastEnders star Jake Wood reveals his delight he can finally grow a beard after leaving soap

He bid farewell to Albert Square last week after 15 years on the soap. And former EastEnders star Jake Wood shared his delight at being able to finally grow a beard during an appearance on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain. The actor, 48, told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he was never able to have … Read more

The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Peter Andre says fatherhood forced him to grow up

The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Peter Andre says fatherhood forced him to grow up Peter Andre has told how he is still learning how to be a parent every day   He says his 20s were a blur as he spent the entire time touring and partying  Now he says that when he is away … Read more

Luxurious white truffles could grow in British forests

Luxurious white truffles could grow in British forests as French scientists make breakthrough that would free the £2,500-a-lb delicacies from just their Italian homelands The fungus is frequently described as being the finest available on the planet Chalky, wet regions ideal for them to develop, which suits areas of UK and US Saplings brought to … Read more

Detached home prices grow three times faster than flats as Covid makes housing ladder hard to climb

The price of a detached house shot up three times faster than that of a flat in 2020, as lockdown drove buyers to seek out bigger homes with gardens. Detached homes saw their value increase by 10 per cent or £43,364 last year, with the average cost reaching £486,595 by December. This was according to … Read more

Which investment trusts should you trust to grow your cash?

As any market-watcher knows, investment trusts have enjoyed a good run recently. Listed on the stock exchange and run by professional managers, they spread your money across dozens of different companies. The past year has seen trusts grow in popularity – with some doubling investors’ money within a year. Listed on the stock exchange and … Read more

Oil price hits highest level in over a year as recovery hopes grow

Oil price hits highest level in over a year as vaccination programmes raise hopes of a recovery By Mark Shapland For The Daily Mail Published: 22:02 GMT, 8 February 2021 | Updated: 22:02 GMT, 8 February 2021 Oil prices hit their highest levels for over a year amid signs that the global economy is recovering. … Read more

Fears grow for missing British teacher, 48, after he disappeared in Myanmar a week ago

Fears are growing for the safety of a British teacher who has disappeared in Myanmar as protests rage across the country against the military crackdown and imprisonment of the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Ian Richmond who lives and teaches at a school in Tachileik, on the border with Thailand, has not been since … Read more

Genius in a bottle: Grow succulents in terrariums for charming tabletop glass houses

Genius in a bottle: Grow succulents in terrariums for charming tabletop glass houses Modern terrariums come in all shapes and sizes and contain plants and animals  Within them a miniature habitat provides ideal conditions for specialist plants  Terrariums can be almost any size and you can make a micro-garden in pickle jar By Nigel Colborn … Read more