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Brandon Lewis to remain housing minister despite confusion

Brandon Lewis will remain housing minister despite reports he had been replaced. Yesterday, it was being wrongly claimed on Twitter that Mark Francois had been made the new housing minister after he was appointed minister of state for communities and local government. The rumours were fuelled by the fact Lewis’ photo and profile had been […]

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Has the remortgage market woken from its slumber?

The remortgage market slump showed signs of ending in March as the number of loans advanced to borrowers increased year-on-year for the first time in 11 months. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, there were 26,600 loans to remortgage borrowers in March, up 6 per cent on March 2014’s 25,200. This was the first […]

Bank of England holds base rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England has confirmed the base interest rate will be held at 0.5 per cent for the 74th consecutive month. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has also voted to keep the quantitative easing programme at £375bn, a level that has been maintained since July 2012 when it was increased by £50bn. The Bank’s […]

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Barclays sets aside extra £800m over forex probes

Barclays has set aside a further £800m to cover the cost of investigations into foreign exchange manipulation, taking its total forex provision to almost £2.1bn. In its interim results, published today, Barclays made a statutory pre-tax profit of £1.34bn for the first three months of the year, a fall of 26 per cent from £1.8bn […]

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Japanese politics and record-breaking markets

Chris Taylor, Head of Japanese Equities, Neptune The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) convincing election victory on Sunday means that leader Shinzo Abe is on course to be the longest-serving Japanese prime minister since the Second World War. The LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito strolled home with 313 seats, meaning they were able to […]

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