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Mortgage lending shows seasonal fall

Gross lending fell by 6 per cent to £9.5bn in January from £10.1bn in December, according to monthly figures compiled by the Council of Mortgage lenders and the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

January traditionally sees a fall, but gross lending was still up 28 per cent on the £7.4bn gross lending for January 1999.

Most of this increase was due to strong levels of remortgaging, but lending for house purchases was still up 11 per cent at £5.8bn in January 2000 from £5.2bn in January 1999.


Boutiques to boom as stars opt to shine on their own

The UK will see a proliferation of boutique fund management groups as the bigger houses struggle to hold on to their stars, according to Liontrust co-founder Nigel Legge. Speaking at an IFA roadshow – alongside Close Fund Management and Rathbone Unit Trust Managers – Legge said the recent wave of fund manager departures from big […]

Liontrust – Liontrust Knowledge Economy Trust

Thursday, 22nd February 2001.Type: Investment trust.Aim: Growth by investing in UK smaller companies that have exploited strengths such as personnel, databases and expertise, and have more than 3 per cent owned by directors.Minimum investment: £1,000.Maximum investment: No maximum.Investment split: 100 per cent in UK smaller companies that have exploited strengths such as personnel, databases and […]

&#39Anti-euro stance is blocking business growth&#39

Reluctance to adopt the euro has replaced regulatory obstacles as the biggest challenge to UK fin- ance companies breaking into Europe, says economist Lord David Curry. The Labour peer and City University dean of business says that, with the developments in Brussels to foster the growth of a Europe-wide market, regulatory concerns are no longer […]

Moneyextra recruiting 80 IFAs for face-to-face advice firm

Personal finance website Moneyextra is launching a face-to-face advice service this summer as part of a £30m development programme over the next two years. The subsidiary of Bristol & West, bought from The Exchange in December, has just gained PIA approval for the venture and is planning to recruit 80 IFAs by the end of […]


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