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Lloyds alleged to have ‘artificially distressed’ SME customers

Lloyds Banking Group is alleged to have “artificially distressed” small business customers after they were transferred to a support unit. The FT reports the claims are made in a legal application due in the High Court this year. The case centres around businesswoman Julie Ann Davey, who has applied for two partners at KPMG to […]

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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

Tom Kean: Confused regulation is holding back advisers

I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]

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Conservative Govt unlikely to ease housing supply fears

A new Conservative Government is unlikely to ease concerns over the supply of housing, with experts pointing to continued constraints on resources and local planning departments. Property consultancy Knight Frank published a survey of over 160 housebuilders last month suggesting just 9 per cent believe more than 200,000 homes represents a sustainable level of housebuilding. […]

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