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MPC member warns base rate may top 5 per cent

UK interest rates will have to rise and the current low inflation 1.1 per cent figure will not stop the Bank of England raising revealed a member of the Monetary Policy Committee in a Sunday Times interview.
MPC member Paul Tucker said the neutral level of rates was probably in the 5 – 5.5 per cent range.


Interlink Premier firms win court delay

Former Interlink Premier Network members have gained a court adjournment they hope will prevent their former network hanging on to their renewal commission. Members have asked the court for more time to prepare for the hearing which will decide whether the renewal commission from providers belongs to the members. Interlink ceased trading on March 18 […]

Pru and Enable loan cover aims to eclipse ASU

Prudential and non-regulated network Enable are launching a mortgage protection plan in the summer designed to compete directly with ASU policies. The Mortgage Protection Plan from the Pru offers extended sickness cover with guaranteed premiums, for the full mortgage term to a maximum of 65 years. Pru says sickness cover under ASU generally ceases to […]

Independent view

“An investment adviser is someone who keeps investing your money for you until it&#39s all gone.” So quipped comedian Woody Allen in a famously scathing sideswipe at the US investment industry. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was somewhat more succinct when he encapsulated all market analysis as: “A matter of opinion – full stop.” UK […]

Swip seeks opportunities after rethink on equities

Building societies are pushing for an appeal process to challenge Financial Ombudsman Service decisions. Speaking in a BBC Radio 4 interview on the Money Box programme last week, Building Societies&#39 Association director general Adrian Coles said society chief executives are pushing the Government for a change to the appeal process. The BSA wants a process […]

The Natixis Solution: H2O MultiReturns Fund

A product designed to bring some unique attributes to the crowded absolute return global macro space With diversification and risk management top of investors’ wish lists when it comes to alternatives, step forward the H2O MultiReturns Fund. H2O Asset Management is an independent boutique backed by Natixis Global Asset Management and has a 14-year track […]


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