Summertime garden theft blues cost £400
Opportunistic garden thieves stole an average of £400 of garden furniture from properties in the UK last year.With the sunny days of British summertime almost upon us, homeowners are being warned to protect their homes this year to prevent green-fingered thieved from spoiling their summer.According to Halifax, insurance claims for garden theft tripled between March and August last year, with items including tools, barbecues, bicycles and patio furniture high on the thieves' wish-list."Homeowners can forget to pay as much attention to security outside the house as they do inside," Halifax Home Insurance's senior manager of underwriting, Vicky Emmott said."With many people realising how much value they can add to their property by improving their gardens, there are now rich pickings for thieves, and now is the time to take steps to avoid becoming the next victim," she added.Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Southampton were listed as the top three worst hit areas in the UK, with Wakefield, Nottingham and Newcastle not far behind.
UK jobless total to reach 3.4 million
A number of forecasters have revisited their jobless figures for 2009 with many revising their figures higher. The general consensus seems to have moved substantially upwards with many forecasting the UK jobless total to peak at 3.4 million in 2009. As we await jobless figures this week it will be interesting to see the extent to which the UK slowdown is being translated into the jobs market and t...Read More
Popular stock market terms explained (part 2)
This is part two of the summary of City terms :-
This is the name given to the main American equity stock market and is the index which you will see mentioned on all of the news bulletins and in the financial press. Again, like the FTSE100 it is an index of the largest companies in the US.
A share is basically a part of a...
Is it time to buy land?
As the housing market continues to fall like a stone many people have overlooked what is happening to the land market - land with no planning permission or income stream. Demand for land which could one day be the location for a new home (or homes) has died a death with the housing market tilted well in the over supply section at the moment. So is it now time to look at land as an investment?
BSkyB continues to prosper against all the odds
When the UK economy started to crash, many people looked at companies such as BSkyB, the satellite TV operator, with expectations of a collapse in profitability and customer numbers. However, the company has this week revealed a further increase in profitability and great strides in the UK broadband market which is proving very lucrative for some of the major players.
Even though sa...
Royal Bank of Scotland to announce further asset disposals
The Royal Bank of Scotland is this week expected to announce further asset sales of around £4.3 billion in a move which was expected by analysts and will further focus the group's attention on its core banking operations. The company is set to confirm the sale of 318 Royal Bank of Scotland branch is to Santander for around £1.8 billion and a further £2 billion will be raised by the sale of the...Read More