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Inflation drops to 1.9% in July

CPI inflation has dropped to 1.9 per cent in July, down from 2.4 per cent in June, according to the Office of National Statistics. Assetz plc chief executive Stuart Law is accusing the Bank of England of misleading and misguiding the industry by saying that inflationary pressures are a present danger in order to justify rapid increases in interest rates.

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Pioneer Friendly Society has announced a series of training and development seminars for brokers across the UK this autumn. The seminars will tackle industry issues, including the forthcoming new deal for welfare, and other important topics such as the importance of income protection within an adviser’s overall TCF strategy. Pioneer says over 1200 delegates have […]

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US economy fears are unfounded says Invesco

Fears that the downturn in the US housing market will cause instability and retrenchment in the wider US economy may be unfounded, says Invesco Perpetual.

FSA told to name 12 firms in endowment blunders

The FSA is to be forced to name and shame the 12 endowment mortgage providers which misused Lautro projections in setting premiums, meaning consumers were given unrealistically high maturity figures.The Information Commissioner’s Office has upheld a freedom of information request to name the 12 firms, suggesting the revelation would highlight the ongoing issues surrounding endowments […]

Derek Stuart: where to find value in the UK?

Derek discusses a number of Œself-help stories as examples of where he is finding good opportunities in the UK With the FTSE trading at historically high levels, many investors have questioned whether UK equities continue to offer value. But, as Derek points out, the headline figures mask many opportunities at a sector level. He has […]

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