Conservative plans to extend the Right to Buy programme to housing association tenants were slammed in last night’s BBC opposition leaders debate. The Tories announced the plans ahead of their manifesto launch last week, promising that 1.3 million tenants could qualify for discounts of up to 35 per cent in seeking to buy housing association […]
The FCA has fined Clydesdale Bank £20.6m over serious failings in the way it handled payment protection insurance complaints. This is the largest ever fine imposed by the FCA for PPI-related failings. The FCA says in mid-2011 Clydesdale implemented inappropriate policies which meant that its PPI complaint handlers were not taking into account all relevant […]
Treasury select committee member Jesse Norman is under investigation by police over suggestions he attempted to bribe voters in his constituency of Hereford and South Herefordshire with jammy dodgers. West Mercia Police have confirmed that Norman, who won the seat for the Conservatives in 2010, is under scrutiny after photos emerged of the parliamentary candidate […]
The new dawn of pension freedoms finally emerged from the shadows earlier this month, bringing with it the ability for people aged 55 and over to cash in their pension savings. However, new products have not yet appeared, meaning the options available are largely the same as before – other than the additional ability to […]
By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund
In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.
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