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Lending set for three-year decline

UK mortgage lending is set to decline by 10 per cent over the next three years, according to research by Datamonitor. The UK Mortgages 2004 report says house prices are stalling as lenders face challenges with reshaping of distribution and more competition. Datamonitor expects more lenders offering one rate for new and existing customers.

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A bull case for US equities?

Neptune video: a bull case for US equities?

Watch Felix Wintle, head of US equities at Neptune, discuss why he believes US equities are in a structural bull market and the key factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher.

In the video, Wintle addresses the following:

• The US market and why — despite equities rising from 2009 — he believes the structural bull market only started in 2013
• Key economic and corporate factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher
• Investment themes and sectors offering exposure to the domestic recovery

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