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Lower buy-to-let returns in London than rest of country

The rate of return expected on a buy-to-let investment in central London is 5.6 per cent, compared with 6.1 per cent in the rest of the south east and 7 per cent across the rest of the country.

These figures come from a new quarterly survey of buy-to-let by the Association of Residential Letting Agents which also reveals the average rental return was 6.3 per cent during the summer.

Arla chairman John Crossley says: “With over 500 Arla letting agents participating in this survey, Arla believes it is now providing the definite quarterly insight into the buy-to-let sector.”


Brain loan data guarantee will ease advisers&#39 redress burden

Mortgage Brain is set to guarantee the accuracy of product information on its sourcing system by the end of the year, shifting the responsibility away from intermediaries, according to industry sources.Brokers understand that Mortgage Brain is working on Project Trafficlight in a bid to become the first online sourcing service to take the burden of […]

Manor Park offers protection scale

Guaranteed investment specialist Manor Park has established a guaranteed growth bond that is linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 index for five years.The Manor Park guaranteed UK capital growth fund allows investors to choose the level of capital protection they want between 110 per cent and 85 per cent. The lower the level […]

Days of swine and roses

Spare a thought for the little piggies that are going to market to raise £1.6bn to save their bacon.Zurich Financial Services&#39 promise that pigs can fly has succumbed to the laws of gravity and the company has announced the closure of its much-hammed-up banking operations with job losses of up to 4,500.Clearly, Zurich is hoping […]

Closing bonus as online bank becomes a casualty

Zurich Bank, the online service set up by Zurich Financial Services in January, closed to new business last week and will shut down completely in spring 2003.It claims the launch into internet banking in a joint venture with HBoS was “highly successful” but ZFS has decided to focus on its core insurance business after the […]

Parental leave and pensions

Fiona Hanrahan  – Senior Product Insight and Technical Support Analyst We are often asked how parental leave impacts workplace pension schemes in terms of funding in general, auto enrolment and salary exchange. This article will explain each of these. How does parental leave impact the funding of workplace pension schemes? A member of a defined […]


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