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Will the mortgage market review choke property prices or just bring some much-needed sense to the housing market?

Will the mortgage market review choke property prices or just bring some much-needed sense to the housing market?

Put MMR into a search engine and you get around 54 million hits. Most of those are for the MMR vaccine which protects young children – controversially – against measles, [...]

Made a payment to the wrong account? Has your bank signed up to a new code to rectify things fast?

Made a payment to the wrong account? Has your bank signed up to a new code to rectify things fast?

People who accidentally send a payment to the wrong account can expect swifter help from their bank from May 2014 says industry body, the Payments Council. A new voluntary code [...]

High frequency trading – how worried should retail investors be?

High frequency trading – how worried should retail investors be?

They say time is money, and nowhere is this more the case than in the world of high-frequency trading. But how worried should you be about the allegations of a [...]

Apple valuation now attractive says leading tech fund manager

Apple valuation now attractive says leading tech fund manager

Apple is now attractively valued says Walter Price, manager of the RCM Technology Trust. In a note issued this week, he says: “We were certainly impressed with the iPhone sales [...]

Five ways to boost your bank balance

Five ways to boost your bank balance

The economic downturn has forced many consumers to become very crafty when it comes to cost cutting, but new research suggests that is not exactly the case when it comes [...]

Simon Ward’s UK economics-based election predictor suggests hung parliament

Simon Ward’s UK economics-based election predictor suggests hung parliament

Henderson chief economist Simon Ward’s election analysis using economic predictors throws up several very interesting economic and political scenarios. But like it or not, the UK may be heading for a hung Parliament [...]

Lower earners and self employed may fail to get mortgages as big lenders’ computerised decisions apply tougher lending rules

Lower earners and self employed may fail to get mortgages as big lenders’ computerised decisions apply tougher lending rules

Ipswich Building Society has warned that new mortgage regulations risk creating a new group of mortgage misfits among the self employed and those earning less than £25,000 a year. From [...]

Almost a third of cash ISA holders plan to save more because of the NISA

Almost a third of cash ISA holders plan to save more because of the NISA

Around one in three (32%) cash ISA holders expect to save more as a result of new £15,000 Isa limit, while close to half (52%) believe it will make no [...]

AIC publishes list of trusts with significant pharma holdings

The Association of Investment Companies has issued a list of investment trusts that have significant exposure to pharmaceutical companies given current speculation about Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline. Pharmaceutical share prices have [...]

The Share Centre says ARM Holdings is a hold despite positive first quarter results

The Share Centre has advised investors to ‘hold’ the shares of ARM Holdings rather than upgrade the firm to buy despite positive first quarter revenues. Helal Miah, investment research analyst [...]

US economy and profits need to pick up to justify valuations

The US economy and profits need to pick up soon if the enthusiasm built into share price valuations is to be validated, Iain Stewart, manager of the Newton Real Return [...]

Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett on where UK equities go from here

Invesco Perpetual’s head of UK equities and successor to Neil Woodford, Mark Barnett points out that while March enjoyed an improved outlook for economic growth in the UK, it was not however [...]

Thinktank calls for end of tax free pensions lump sum and tax relief on pension savings

Tax relief on pensions should be replaced by a Government payment of 50p per £1 saved says a radical report by Michael Johnson for the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). [...]

Shawbrook offering one-year fixed rate bond at 1.95%

Shawbrook Bank has increased the rate on its 1-year Fixed Rate Bond, offering savers 1.95% AER. The new issue  is available today, 17 April, both online through the bank’s personal [...]

Tackling climate change is not prohibitively expensive and investors can benefit argues Jupiter’s ecology fund manager

The latest UN report on climate change reinforces the view that environmental investing is essentially an investment in the long term structural growth of the global economy Charlie Thomas, manager [...]

Copenhagen, Geneva and Brussels are most expensive airport taxis per kilometre in Europe

It may be too late to change your Easter break holiday destination, but one travel currency specialist has worked out the most expensive and cheapest taxi runs from Europe’s airports [...]

One in ten say it is not important to save

More than one in 10 UK adults do not think it’s important to regularly save money for the future. New research* for alternative account provider thinkmoney reveals that 12.4% of [...]

Chinese growth to slow further this year says Schroders

Chinese growth is likely to remain subdued this year and may slow further says Schroders’ Emerging Markets economist Craig Botham. Chinese growth slowed in the first quarter of 2014, from 7.7% [...]

London Central Portfolio launches closed ended central London property fund which can take Sipp and Isa cash

London Central Portfolio (LCP), has launched its fourth fund, London Central Apartments II (LCA II) which is designed to be SIPP and ISA eligible. Naomi Heaton, CEO of LCP, says: [...]

Is China set for transformational reform and what does this mean for investors?

Asian equity markets have lagged their developed market peers over the last twelve months as China – its biggest and most significant economy – has disappointed.  Stuart Parks head of [...]

Predictions of death of annuities premature says investment firm Towry

The prediction of the death of annuities are premature says Andy James, head of retirement planning at financial planning firm Towry. James says that for those who either do not [...]

It’s a myth that emerging market debt is as risky and volatile as emerging market equity argues Insight

Emerging market corporate debt has shrugged off everything that has been thrown at it so far this year argues fund manager Insight’s emerging market fixed income managers Rodica Glavan and [...]

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