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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

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Chuka Umunna withdraws from Labour leadership race

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has pulled out of the race to become Labour’s new leader just three days after announcing his candidacy. Umunna was the second candidate to enter the race following Labour shadow care and older people minister Liz Kendall. Kendall remains in the race, alongside shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh, and […]

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Labour election win could block cash for annuity plan

Pensioners who want to swap their annuities for cash or drawdown under the Coalition’s plan could find a Labour government blocking their plans, Money Marketing understands. Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market as part of his March Budget, and claimed the reform would allow around five million people to […]

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Carney: EU referendum needed ‘as soon as necessary’

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the UK should hold a referendum on its membership of the EU “as soon as necessary”. Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme yesterday, Carney said: “We talk to a lot of bosses and there has been uncertainty, whether it’s for the election or the referendum.” He said businesses […]

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Paul Fidell, Head of Business Development (Investments), writes about one of the primary challenges for those involved in estate planning. He looks at dealing with investment uncertainty in these low growth, low inflation but still volatile investment conditions. Protection of capital, to leave something for beneficiaries, is a fundamental objective of many people’s plans for […]

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