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Government to allow real estate investment trusts

Chancellor Gordon Brown says the Government is to push ahead with plans to introduce real estate investment trusts.

In his Budget speech, the Chancellor said he would allow firms to offer the trusts, which are a common feature in many other European countries.


Tony Wickenden&#39s Budget 2004 commentary

The expectation levels for significant and mostly unwanted change that would impact directly or indirectly on financial advisers and their clients were extremely high ahead of this year&#39s Budget speech. So what did we get? Well, quite a lot, resulting in substantial scope and need for effective communication with key clients. I will focus on […]


“Definitely. It boils down to the fact that the Government and regulation are the main reasons this industry is in turmoil.” Paul Rogan,Paul Rogan Financial Planning“No, because there has to be some sort of responsibility taken by Equitable Life policyholders. They were prepared to buy the contracts so they should take the consequences. There is […]

One year&#39s penalty on Abbey&#39s 15-year fix

Abbey is launching a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage at 5.74 per cent with a redemption penalty of one year&#39s interest. The company says it will judge the popularity of this loan and then decide whether it will make any further moves into the market for long-term fixed-rate products. The loan is available for purchases and remortgages. […]

Annuity site gets boost

IFA William Burrows Annuities is upgrading its website to provide annuity information. Director Billy Burrows says features the latest annuity rates and a personal annuity calculator. It also provides advisers and individuals with historic annuity rates so they can see how rates have changed over the last 18 months. Users can download Countdown to […]

Global income: preparing for a rate rise…

In the five years since we launched the Artemis Global Income Fund, its manager Jacob de Tusch-Lec has built a distinctive portfolio that is first among its peers. Here he explains why his “quality, cyclical and value yield” stocks, and flexible approach, leave the fund better placed to benefit from uncertainty than funds that depend […]


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