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Ambitious landlords fuelling rise in remortgage business

Competitive rates and ambitious landlords are driving a growing focus on remortgaging among buy-to-let lenders, according to experts. Figures issued by broker Mortgages for Business show that 66 per cent of buy-to-let loans were for remortgages in the first quarter of 2015, up from 62 per cent at the end of 2014. Remortgages have now […]

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Hugh Young: Why Japan deserves another look

Spring is special in Japan. The blossom of cherry and plum trees invites viewings – or “hanami” – across the country. The tradition speaks to the country’s appreciation of nature and the passing of seasons. But as the Japanese economy picks up momentum, will this rebound prove as ephemeral as the spring cherry blossom? For […]

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Dennis Hall: Finding a middle ground with clients

I cannot remember how long it took me to switch from actively managed funds to passive ones. Nor do I recall the time it took to incorporate lifetime cash flow modelling and then lifestyle financial planning. It could have been months, if not years, and I still have situations where my beliefs are challenged. I […]

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Retirement Strategy Leader: We need a cure for scammer disease

Nobody wants another misselling scandal. So clearly, it is paramount that pension freedoms work alongside adequate consumer protection. The Government and the FCA have arguably done their best to put this in place in the tight timescale they had. We have the requirement that people wanting to transfer from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes […]

The changing world of professional connections

The Legal Services Act of 2007, which opened up the legal market to competition, has put the cat among the professional pigeons. In the words of a 2015 Law Society report on what the legal profession is likely to look like in five years’ time: “Business as usual is not an option for many, if […]

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