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The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has placed a network in default almost two years after the company failed to secure professional indemnity insurance. Money Marketing reported back in June 2013 Kent-based network Virtual Net Europe had alerted members it was unable to secure PI cover. The network posted a £182,532 loss for the previous year. […]

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TSB rolls out B2L proposition to broker panel

TSB has rolled out its buy-to-let proposition to the rest of its broker panel. The lender has been piloting its buy-to-let proposition with London & Country for the past two months. Initially, TSB has made available five-year products with further deals to be launched over the coming weeks. Rates start at 3.49 per cent and […]

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LifeSearch renews contract with MoneySupermarket

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Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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