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Conservatives secure majority as SNP trounces Labour

The Conservatives have secured the 326 seats needed to form a majority government following a stunning election night which saw Labour hammered in Scotland by the SNP. The Tories are forecast to win a total of 331 seats, compared to just 232 for Labour. In Scotland the SNP won 56 of 59 seats, reducing Labour’s […]

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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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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

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Phoenix signs up to Just Retirement simplified advice service

Closed book insurer Phoenix is the first provider to sign up to Just Retirement’s new simplified advice service. The deal means retiring customers who do not have an adviser will be able to get personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to keep their funds invested, take lump […]

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