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FTBs at the double in March

The number of first-time buyers doubles last month while prices in the housing market stayed steady, says the National Association of Estate Agents. FTBs per estate estate agency rose from an average of 10.1 per cent in February to 22.3 per cent in March.

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LibDems outline plans for citizen’s pension

The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto promises “fairness and opportunity’, promoting their citizen’s pension and meas-ures aimed at achieving economic prosperity. The manifesto spells out the LibDem’s citizen’s pension proposal with a guaranteed basic pension of £109.45 a week, increasing with earnings for anyone over 75. The LibDems say this would immediately remove a million pensioners from […]

Split caps compensation to be revealed

Investors in split caps will hear this week how and when Fund Distribution, the company set up by the Financial Services Authority after the crisis, is to make its payments to those eligible for compensation. Eighteen fund management companies paid into the company in December after reaching agreement with the FSA, with Exeter Asset Management […]

L&G predicts corporate expenditure will drive growth

UK plc has record levels of cash on its balance sheets, providing a strong base for economic growth, according to Legal & General. Amid fears that consumer spending is about to tail off, after underpinning US and UK GDP growth for the past three years, L&G believes the anticipated upturn in corporate expenditure and merger […]

Time to transfer?

In my previous piece in this series of articles examining recent and imminent changes to pension planning, I started to concentrate on issues affecting the decision as to whether or not an early leaver from a final-salary scheme should consider transferring their benefits to a private pension arrangement. I discussed the vital importance of considering […]

Developing your personal relationships – Webex

Read more 9amFinancial advisers and solicitors working together Presented by Ian Muirhead, director & chairman at Solicitors for Impartial Advice (SIFA) Listen to Ian’s expert insight and experiences of how financial advisers and solicitors can work together to deliver mutual benefit and enhanced client outcomes. Register here 10am Financial advisers and accountants working together Presented […]

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