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Tories pledge to extend Right to Buy

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce today that a Conservative government would extend the Right to Buy programme to 1.3m housing association tenants. Some 500,000 housing association tenants can currently purchase their homes under the existing “Right to Acquire” scheme. The Conservatives would also raise the discount offered to housing association tenants to match the […]

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ABI: Providers took 200,000 calls in first week of pension freedoms

Providers handled over 200,000 calls from customers in the first week following the introduction of pension freedoms, according to the Association of British Insurers. ABI figures out today show members of the trade body received 229,932 calls between Tuesday and Friday last week about the reforms. This is a 214 per cent increase compared to […]

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Election 2015: What are the key manifesto pledges affecting advisers?

With the general election now only weeks away, Money Marketing assesses the manifesto pledges affecting advisers and their clients. Tax While cracking down on tax evasion and aggressive avoidance has proved popular territory for all the major parties, several are also seeking to ameliorate the tax loads of voters. The Conservatives have promised to raise […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading

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