Week two of Framlington Investment World Cup competition and who would have thought the Nohopers would be in heading up the league table. Last week's leader, Austyn James, has slipped to fifth place. Let's hope Ian Walsh's team, It's England's Year (currently in second place) will be right and we will see an England victory in Japan.
Pink Home Loans is adding two new products to its buy to let range.Pink is offering a 1.23 per cent discount for three years off an underlying rate of bank base rate plus 1.98 per cent, giving an initial rate of 4.75 per cent, with an arrangement fee of £395.An initial rate of 5.47 per […]
National Savings and Investments has launched its first equity-linked investment product in the form of a guaranteed equity bond.The move follows the rebranding of National Savings in February. The five-year bond offers the potential for stockmarket growth alongside 100 per cent capital security.The bond is linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 index and […]
The Government needs to rev-erse its strategy on pensions by significantly raising the basic state pension and restoring the earnings link.Old left rhetoric? Simplistic? Unworkable? Unaffordable? No, this is the conclusion of a major research project carried out over the last 18 months by the Institute for Public Policy Research in partnership with universities, pension […]
Bristol & West is introducing a range of fixed-rate mortgages, including a five-year buy-to-let loan, which it claims is in direct response to brokers' needs.The buy-to-let product is fixed at 5.89 per cent until April 30, 2007 and is available up to 85 per cent loan to value. After the fixed period, the loan reverts […]
It has been over four months since the surprise election of Donald Trump as US President. Despite the initial shock, the US stockmarket has continued to climb higher, with many investors forecasting that Trump will be more pro-growth than his predecessors. Watch Robin Milway, lead manager of the Neptune US Opportunities Fund, discuss the outlook […]
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