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George dismisses fears of house price crash

Former governor of the Bank of England Lord George of St Tudy dismissed speculation of a housing market crash yesterday.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4&#39s Today Programme he said that interest rates will continue rising but not drastically and that rising interest rates are a sign of a strengthening economy.

Lord George said the UK would not see a repeat of the negative equity of the 1990s because a rise in unemployment and interest rates were “not on the horizon”.

He urged people to be cautious about the amount of debt they take on and said the most desirable outcome is that the rate of house price increase will slow.


FSA launches hotline for reporting misleading financial advertisements

The FSA has set up a hotline for the public and firms to report in strict confidence misleading advertisements for financial products. The initiative, launched today, is part of an FSA drive to regulate financial advertising. The new department which is leading the effort monitors advertising on television, the internet and in newspapers. The rules […]

FSA&#39s hotline bids to blow whistle on misleading ads

A hotline has been set up by the FSA for the public and company staff to report in strict confidence on misleading advertisements for financial products. It is asking the industry to inform on firms which break the rules by not being clear about the risks as well as the benefits of an investment and […]

Seed Capital – Oxford Technology VCT 4

Type: Venture capital trust Aim: Growth by investing in early stage and start up technology-based companies within a 60-mile radius of Oxford Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000 Closing date: April 5, 2005 for 2004/2005 tax year, May 27, 2005 for 2005/2006 tax year Charges: Initial up to 4%,annual 2% Commission: Initial 3% Tel: 01865 784466

Tom Baigrie on Protection

It is time that those who help form consumer opinion understood that advice adds value when buying protection – and they should say so. Protection was, until the last bear market, the IFAs&#39 Cinderella – quite useful and a good little worker but not glamorous and largely kept out of sight as being deemed boring. […]


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