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Brown to consult on incentive to encourage rental takeup

Speaking today at the pre-Budget report, Gordon Brown said that Kate Barker&#39s report has highlighted the weak private rental sector in the UK.

He announced that he would be consulting on a new incentive that would encourage the creation in Britain of real estate investment trusts.

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Cofunds claims it now has over half of the market for Isa sales by fund supermarkets. It says it has a 54 per cent share of Isa business, a big rise from 37 per cent for the second quarter. The firm says its assets have risen by 25 per cent to £1.4bn in the last […]

Rowan branches out

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CML dinner is a drum do

The Council of Mortgage Lenders certainly knows how to drum up support. The Diary hears that chief executives of all the major UK lenders joined in the latest corporate bonding event with a will at the CML&#39s annual dinner. Chief execs were handed a length of piping and a drumstick and asked to join in […]

Selestia entering SSAS field in link with retirement specialist

Selestia is entering the SSAS market through a tie-up with bespoke retirement advice specialist and pensioneer trustee Pensions Associates. The deal will enable IFAs receiving advice from PA to access Selestia&#39s online investment and admin tools in addition to its reregistration service and P-Scan instrument, which helps portfolio monitoring. PA says the move will allow […]

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy

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