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Base rate remains the same

The Bank of England&#39s Monetary Policy Committee has announced it is leaving the base rate unchanged at 4 per cent for the seventh consecutive month.

The decision came despite calls for the rate to go up to cool off the housing market, but the MPC&#39s decision is thought to have taken into account zero UK growth in Q1.

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Abbey National Asset Managers appoints head of retail sales

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Bristol & West – Balanced Guaranteed Equity Bond

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IFA firm again sponsors

Brentford FC West London-based IFA G Buckingham & Company has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Brentford Football Club. For the 16th consecutive year, the firm will sponsor the team&#39s fixture cards, which are distributed to hotels, tourist attractions, pubs and newsagents in and around West London.

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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