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  • Osborne Urged to Drop 50p Tax Rate Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 12:55 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne should drop the 50p top rate of income tax “at the earliest opportunity” to boost growth, according to 20 high-profile economists writing in the FT.

  • UK Set for More Money-Printing: Goldman Sachs Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 4:28 AM ET

    With the financial system facing renewed stress and global growth faltering economists at Goldman Sachs are predicting Britain will embark on a second round of quantitative easing in the coming months.

  • PIMCO's Gross Urges Rethink of UK Recovery Strategy Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 12:53 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    The austerity measures implemented by British finance minister George Osborne risk pushing the UK economy into recession, Bill Gross, the manager of PIMCO, said in an interview with the Times newspaper.

  • UK Growth Forecast Cut; Rates to Stay Low: BCC Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 7:09 PM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    The British Chamber of Commerce cut its growth forecasts for the UK for this year and next and said the weaker-than-predicted economy means interest rates will have to stay low longer than expected.

  • Gold's Secret Hiding Place Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 1:03 PM ET

    Almost no one outside the sponsor (the World Gold Council) has ever seen the gold in the world's largest vault — until now.

  • Why Gold Vaulting May Trump Futures Trading Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 12:59 PM ET

    Gold Bullion International's CEO explains the advantages.  "When you own a real asset, there's no counterparty risk between you and the real asset," he says

  • Rush to Ring Fence British Banks    Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    The UK proposal to ring-fence investment banking from retail banking, which is currently under consideration by the Independent Commission on Banking, is "barking mad ", John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, told CNBC.

  • Golden Age Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    What is it about gold that makes people so passionate, crazy, paranoid?  Our special report answers that question and more. We'll take you to mines in South Africa, gold bank vaults in London, trading pits in New York  and the shop floor of a huge gold-jewelry manufacturer in Louisiana.

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    UK households saw their finances deteriorate faster than during the height of the recession in 2009 in August, a survey showed on Monday, in a sign that the economic recovery remains fragile in the country as prices rise and incomes fall.

  • What Traders Are Saying: Uncertainty Stalks London Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 10:14 AM ET

    Traders in the City of London, one of the financial districts of the UK capital, see a market environment where trust has all but evaporated and the best course of action is often to do absolutely nothing.

  • UK Police Arrest 13th Phone Hacking Suspect Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 1:01 AM ET
    James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia.

    The Metropolitan Police arrested another suspect as part of their investigations into phone hacking at the now closed News of the World newspaper, London's Metropolitan police said on Thursday.

  • 'Devastating' News May Force More Murdoch Testimony Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 12:50 AM ET
    James Murdoch speaking in front of Parliament

    The travails of the Murdoch family over the phone-hacking scandal at their UK newspaper empire are far from over.

  • UK Regulator Slaps Fund Manager With Biggest Fine Ever Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 3:09 AM ET

    The UK's Financial Services Authority yesterday issued the largest ever fine to an individual for market abuse and other offenses, imposing a penalty of 2 million pounds ($3.3 million) on Dutch hedge fund manager Michiel Visser.

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    Asking prices for residential property in England and Wales showed their first year-on-year fall since September 2009, property marketing company Rightmove said on Monday.

  • 'Twitter' Hedge Fund Navigates Early Market Turmoil Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 1:20 PM ET

    London-based hedge fund Derwent Capital Markets, dubbed “The Twitter Fund” because it uses tweets to help it predict market activity, turned in positive returns in its first official month of trading.

  • Time for a European Bond: UK Finance Minister Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 11:22 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    U.K. finance minister George Osborne has called upon his euro zone peers to do whatever it takes to ensure stability, indicating the British government would back a so-called euro bond to avoid a disastrous break up of the euro.

  • UK Prime Minister Promises Help for Riot Victims Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 9:04 AM ET
    David Cameron

    David Cameron condemned the recent riots in the UK as Parliament was recalled from its summer recess on Thursday, telling MPs in the House of Commons that the violence was "not about politics or protest."

  • Tough Questions Rise From Ashes of England's Riots Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 6:29 AM ET
    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the

    Police appear to have brought under control the rioting and looting that gripped the UK on the fifth night since violence flared up in the North London borough of Tottenham on Saturday and spread like fire across the country, but politicians and society at large are struggling to grasp the economic and social root causes of the unrest.

  • Bank of England Revises UK Growth Down to 1.4% Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:29 AM ET

    The Bank of England (BoE) cut its 2011 GDP growth forecast for the UK for the seventh time since the end of the recession on Wednesday as more weak economic figures suggested the economy was struggling to maintain momentum.

  • UK Businesses Tally Up the Steep Costs of Riots Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 7:15 AM ET
    A riot police officer attempts to break down the door of a house next to a burning car as he is targeted by rioters after local residents claimed a baby was still in the property in Clarence Road in Hackney in London, England.

    The insured costs of the riots that have rocked the United Kingdom for four days look set to exceed 100 million pounds ($163 million), according to early estimates from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).