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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
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(November 2014) Graphene, the one-atom thick layer of carbon, was first isolated at Manchester University. Forecasts were made that the material would change the world.
(July 2014) The 1907 panic affected the world, demonstrating the fragility of the international financial system. This column discusses the steps the US and Germany took in fortifying their financial systems following 1907. There is a link between the financial crisis and the escalation of diplomatic relations that led to war in 1914. And this link has implications for today as the world is recovering from the 2008 crisis.
(June 2014) Entrepreneurial Britain is beginning to flourish as policy changes and increased investment in the UK’s innovation ecosystem take root. An innovation ecosystem refers to the combination of factors for innovation that function together in a symbiotic relationship. A new report says the real-word application is the environment within which entrepreneurs function as one integral component. This has a knock-on effect on the broader economy, which thrives off the vitality of innovative entrepreneurs.
(June 2014) In the UK, rate rises are imminent while house prices are soaring. It looks like housing is in a bubble.
(June 2014) On Wednesday it was reported that the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously earlier this month to hold interest rates at record lows this month but warned that a rise this year was more likely than markets expected. Minutes of the meeting – held on June 4 and 5 – repeated a warning from governor Mark Carney last week that rates may rise from 0.5% sooner than investors think.
(May 2014) Nearly one-in-six employees (15%) would prefer to do more paid hours than they currently do each week. Among those occupied in full-time work, this falls to 9%, but rises to 40% for part-time staff working 8-29 hours per week and hits 44% for those working less than eight hours. Meanwhile, if the UK was to follow the US pattern on real median wages since the late 1980s, the level will be stagnant for many years to come.
(May 2014) Income and wealth inequality in the UK are higher than most people think they are and higher than they think they should be.
(April 2014) Last year the UK's Department for Communities and Local Government said construction was started on 122,590 new homes - - a 23% increase on the previous year - - and the number of completions, fell by 5% to 109,370, the lowest since the 1920s. According to the UK Housing Review, the average price paid for a property by a first-time buyer has risen by 220% in just 12 years, from £85,021 in 2001 to £189,668 last year. Despite efforts to boost access through Help to Buy, mortgages are still hard to access: 268,000 loans were approved in 2013; 568,000 in 2001.
(March 2014) George Osborne, UK chancellor, on Wednesday delivered his Budget Statement to Parliament, setting out how the government will take further action "to secure the recovery and build a resilient economy." He said the economy is now growing faster than predicted and expectations for growth this year and next have also been revised up by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – to 2.7% in 2014 and 2.3% in 2015. A record number of people are in work and the OBR now expects employment to reach 31.4m by 2018. A deficit that reached 11% of GDP in 2009-10 is now forecast to fallen by half to 5.5% in the coming year and will be eradicated by 2018-19. Meanwhile, also Wednesday the Office for National Statistics reported that employment was up 105,000 from August to October 2013 and up 459,000 on the year to 30.19m for November 2013 to January 2014.
(February 2014) A recent Financial Times analysis shows that for decades, a professional qualification promised a life of comfort, if not prosperity: Accountants, engineers, doctors and dons lived side by side in the same neighbourhoods and often educated their children at the same schools. However, the near-parity that once existed in Britain’s middle class has evaporated over the past 40 years.