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Interest rates held again

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has held interest rates at 4.5 per cent for the fifth month running. managing director David Bexon says unless interest rates are cut in the early part of 2006 the market will return to inactivity and stagnation.
Bexon says: “Mixed reports of consumer spending levels over Christmas and into the New Year have done little to bolster confidence in the country’s economy and many homebuyers will be awaiting further reassurance before committing to a move. It is widely accepted that a cut in the base rate will be unavoidable before too long and it certainly would not be out of the interests of the wider economy were that cut to come sooner rather than later.”


Butterfield Bank urges professional advisers to prepare for A-Day

Butterfield Private Bank is urging professional advisers to prepare for A-Day and has published a guide to help them prepare for the changes in April.The bank is asking advisers to review their clients needs to make the most of the new enhanced elements of pensions and consider the benefits of working together with independent Trustees […]

Baronsmead set to launch Aim VCT

Baronsmead is to launch its first Aim-foucsed VCT to be managed by David Thorp and Henrietta Marsh and marketed by F&C.The Baronsmead Aim VCT will launch in February aiming to raise 20m to be invested in a portfolio of 40-50 Aim-traded investments.Baronsmead currently has more than 220m in assets spread across its 4 VCTs, with […]

Arc shapes up with VCT

Enterprise investment scheme specialist Arc Fund Management is looking to raise up to 10m to increase the investment opportunities within the Arc growth company venture capital trust.

ODPM reveals increased house price inflation

The pace of UK house price inflation has accelerated, according to Government figures out today. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has revealed that house price inflation in November 2005 stood at 2.5 per cent. This is up from 1.8 per cent during the previous month. The UK annual house price inflation rate for […]


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