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Claim-chasers move to clean up industry

Endowment claim-chasers will present protocols to life offices this week to help clean up the industry. The firms plan to make costs more transparent and outlaw inappropriate advertising.

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Collins Stewart launches Eastern European property fund

Collins Stewart is launching a closed-ended Eastern European property fund investing in Turkish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian property.The fund will aim for a target annual dividend of 7.5 per cent once fully invested, through investing in a range of office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the target countries. It aims to be fully invested […]

Two thirds of mortgage broker predict rising house prices

Almost two thirds of brokers expect house prices to rise this year, according to a survey by UCB Home Loans.The survey of nearly 1500 mortgage brokers conducted in January shows 31 per cent expect them to remain broadly the same as in 2005, and only four per cent think they will fall.According to the survey […]

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When will US rates rise?

By Felix Wintle, Investment Director & Head of US Equities The most recent communication from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has put the market’s sights on September as the most likely month for the first rate rise. This is due to the stronger than expected economic data of late, particularly in employment and housing, which […]

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