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Leeds Building Society loosens interest-only criteria

Leeds Building Society has loosened its interest-only criteria and now lends up to 75 per cent LTV on a part and part basis. Previously, the lender offered interest-only mortgages to a maximum LTV of 50 per cent. Now, however, it will lend to 75 per cent LTV, with a maximum of 50 per cent LTV […]

Architas loses multi-asset manager to Schroders

Architas has appointed senior investment manager Nathan Sweeney as co-manager at the firm, after the departure of Stephanie Carbonneil to join Schroders. Sweeney will manage the the £770m Architas Multi-Asset Active range and run the six risk-profiled funds alongside existing co-manager and Architas chief investment officer Caspar Rock. Sweeney replaces senior investment manager Stephanie Carbonneil, who will […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

Curtis Banks launches £85m AIM float

Curtis Banks has begun trading on AIM, with a market capitalisation of £85m. The Sipp provider announced last month it was planning to float on AIM. It has raised £7.5m through the conditional placing of 3.9 million new ordinary shares at a price of 190p per share. Selling shareholders have agreed to sell 7.3 million […]

Reforming India: just the beginning

By Kunal Desai, Neptune India Fund

As global investors continue to scour emerging markets through the lens of reform potential, India shines bright. Indeed, we think it can sparkle even brighter. We anticipate India’s self-imposed 10-year ‘policy holiday’ to turn into one of the most pro-growth and pro-investment policy calendars seen in Asia in years. The Indian electorate has engineered a historic verdict. We now have the strongest Indian government since 1984, with the pro-market Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieving an absolute majority for the first time in the party’s history.

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