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Biggest house price gains outside southern England, says Halifax

The 10 counties with the biggest house price gains over the past 12 months are all outside southern England, according to Halifax&#39s regional index. Four are in Wales &#45 Gwynedd, Dyfed, West and Mid-Glamorgan &#45 while two &#45 Dumfries & Galloway and the Highlands &#45 are in Scotland. Three are in the North &#45 County Durham, Cumbria and Cleveland &#45 with North Humberside and the Humber making up the remainder. All saw house prices rise by at least 30 per cent.


The brighter side of Equitable Life

Equitable Life is stabilising and looking at options to improve policyholders&#39 fortunes, says chief executive Charles Thomson. In an interview with Money Marketing, Thomson says the strategic review announced as part of its full-year results will look at all the options says the company is prepared to restructure parts or all of the business to […]

Exchange in CII online link

The Exchange has teamed up with the CII to offer online compliance and competency solutions to advisers. The Exchange will give advisers access to the CII&#39s online training and competency systems ed.LEARN and ASSESS through its ExWeb portal. The ed.LEARN system gives advisers studying for CII exams additional revision material and ASSESS offers training and […]

Correspondents week

Its Wednesday and I start as usual, turning on the computer at about 8am and checking for new viruses and Windows updates. Make a cup of tea and read the Independent. Get into work room at 9.30am and start scrabbling around frantically doing four pieces at once and steaming mad at being let down on […]

Compensation scheme defaults 16 companies

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has declared 16 firms in default and is encouraging consumers who may have lost money with these firms to get in touch. The Eastern region firms declared in default are Aldreds Financial Services in Great Yarmouth, Andrew Peat Financial Consultants (UK) of St Neots and CMB (Mortgage & Finance Services) […]

The Investment Clock: Keep calm and Macron!

Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi Asset In a marked contrast to the surge in risk sentiment that followed President Trump’s election in November, markets greeted Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election with satisfaction and relief, rather than euphoria. After rallying strongly on opinion polls that accurately predicted the outcome, the euro held onto […]


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