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Higher property values for landlords – Paragon

Paragon&#39s buy to let index for March shows another rise in the prices landlords are paying for their residential investments, with a three per cent rise in property values in February following a 0.6 per cent rise in January.

Managing director John Heron says: “The housing market has proved remarkably robust since the New Year, with both Halifax and Nationwide showing price rises of around 3.8 per cent in two months. Landlords, as &#39unemotional purchasers&#39, are often able to negotiate better prices than owner-occupiers, but even for investors prices are up 3.6 per cent in two months. It&#39s becoming trickier for them to find properties at very attractive prices as there&#39s plenty of buyer interest out there and stock levels remain quite low.”


McAteer rails at &#39ransom&#39 in threat to block a cap rise

Consumers&#39 Association senior policy adviser Mick McAteer has accused the retail pension industry of holding the Government, consumers and taxpayers to ransom to get the 1 per cent stakeholder cap raised. In a blistering attack, McAteer told an Adam Smith Institute/Cityforum conference packed with industry leaders in London last week that the retail pension model […]

Action group wants Equitable funding

Equitable Life policyholders are launching their own campaign to pursue the Government for compensation and are collecting signatures for a special resolution forcing Equitable to back the move. The Equitable Members&#39 Action Group plans to collect over 1,000 signatures from qualified voting members for the special resolution that would see the society back Emag with […]

Chancellor hikes tax relief for film partnership schemes

Investors in film partnership schemes will get 20 per cent tax relief under new rules outlined in the Budget, according to Chancellor Gordon Brown. In a bid to boost investment in the schemes, the Chancellor said he will hike the relief but indicated he would close any remaining loopholes.

SAGA – Rab Hedged Investment Fund

Type: Oeic Aim: Growth by investing in Europe excluding the UK Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000 Investment split: 100% in Europe excluding the UK Place of registration: Dublin Charges: Class A shares &#45 annual 1.5%, performance fee 20%, Class B shares annual 1%, performance fee 15% Commission: None Tel: 0800 559 3199

Rise of the machines

Head of Sustainable Investing at Royal London Asset Management, Mike Fox, looks at the case for including artificial intelligence within a sustainable investment strategy. Read the article in full here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get […]


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