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Buy-to-let landlords look to expand

The number of experienced buy-to-let landlords is increasing, with many seeking to expand their rental portfolios, according to Paragon Mortgages.

The specialist lender&#39s property investor tracking index has found that buy-to-let landlords expect to increase their portfolios by 25 per cent on average within 12 months.

However, most landlords are less optimistic than they were last autumn, with the quarterly index showing a fall in confidence to 116.6 from 123.8.


Income & growth enter the Premier league

Premier Fund Managers has introduced a Dublin-based closed-ended fund that is linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 for five years.The Premier income and growth plan gives investors a choice of annual income of 7.5 per cent, monthly income of 0.6 per cent or growth of 42 per cent at the end of the […]

The death of DB?

Are Inland Revenue senior civil servant Paula Diggle&#39s claims that the annuity providers operate as a “complex monopoly” distorting competition justified?Stanbridge: It depends what Paula Diggle means by her statement. If she means that the market is dominated by relatively few providers, then we tend to agree with her.If her suggestion is that providers are […]

Lighthouse buys Berkeley Wodehouse in £2m deal

IFA Lighthouse Group and network Berkeley Wodehouse Associates are merging in a deal valued at £2.1m that sees two Lighthouse directors quit.Wealth management firm Lighthouse is paying for BWA in shares worth £2.1m in a reverse takeover as BWA has a higher turnover the Lighthouse.The deal sees BWA chief executive Malcolm Streat-field become joint managing […]

600 fund prices now on C4 Teletext

Teletext is introducing a fund price service on its financial pages on Channel 4.The service will provide pricing information for more than 600 of the most popular unit trusts and Oeics.The information will be updated each weekday eve-ning. Teletext already provides share and investment trust price listings on page 500 of the channel. The fund […]

Oil industry: only the fittest will survive

The actions of OPEC have forced the oil supply to fall and producers to cut costs and rationalise, says Richard Hulf In an interview with journalist Alexis Xydias, Richard Hulf, manager of the Artemis Global Energy Fund, explains the impact of the fall in the oil price on energy companies. Alexis also quizzes Richard on […]


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