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The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ gross mortgage lending target looks set to be missed this year as the market becomes more subdued, say industry experts. In December the CML forecast gross lending of £222bn in 2015, up by 8.8 per cent from £204bn last year, and rising to £240bn in 2016. But in a “state […]

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Bellpenny adds £31m in assets with latest advice firm deal

Bellpenny has agreed a deal to acquire the business of Winchester-based IFA City Wealth Management for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition adds £31m in assets under advice and sees 100 active clients transfer over to Bellpenny. City Wealth Management adviser and director Andrew Gibson will not be joining Bellpenny, but will work with Bellpenny to […]

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Japan’s Nikkei passes 20,000 level

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index has edged past the 20,000 barrier in early trading for the first time since April 2000. The BBC reports the index hit 20,004.99 before falling to 19,907.63 at the close. Markets were buoyed by US energy stocks and a strong performance by Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest clothing retailer. Earlier this […]

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Mark Holweger: Using health awareness days to boost CI engagement

My calendar includes a number of critical illness awareness campaigns at the moment. March was focused on prostate cancer awareness, while this month is bowel cancer awareness month. You may recall that Monday was World Health Day. These consumer campaigns are certainly welcome, as they raise the level of discussion around these conditions and hopefully […]

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