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Home boom push on interest rates

The continuing strength of the housing market may trigger the Bank of England to raise interest rates, according to experts.

Net mortgage lending rose by £1.59bn in November, while the British Building Societies Association reported a £809m hike in mortgage advances by its members, compared with a rise of £671m the previous month.

This suggests house prices are likely to remain strong for several months.

Commentators claim this will concern the Bank of England which has raised rates twice in since September to help prevent a buoyant housing market setting off inflation. Another increase may follow as the market remains strong.


Hi-tech investment warning

Private investors have been warned on snapping up information technology stocks by trustees of an investment trust.Bankers Investment, a £500m international trust run by Henderson Investors, is claiming technology share price were being driven by high demand from private investors. Its also claiming the fundamentals of analysis have been ignored by the markets valuing them.The […]

Widows mutuality vote

Life office Scottish Widows is expected to give-up mutual status, moving a step closer to transferring business to Lloyd&#39s TSB group, in a special meeting this week.Members and policyholders expect to gain at least £500 from a vote supporting the transfer and will meet in Edinburgh for the vote.To succeed, the board&#39s proposal to de-mutualise, […]

Equities could do better – survey

UK equities have produced returns much lower than expected, according to the London Business and ABN Amro.Their study looks at records since 1899 and show shares have produced annual returns to investors of 6 per cent in real terms, rather than the 8 per cent rate put forward by the Barclays Capital survey.The study says […]

Autif traces stocks surge

A surge in technology funds investment can be traced to interest from private retail investors, according to the Association of Unit and Investment Funds.November&#39s figures from the Autif show a record inflow of £220m plus a 200 per cent rise in technology fund sales.In total £247m flooded into the global specialist sector, with 90 per […]

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