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Police swoop in mortgage fraud

Eleven arrests have been made as part of an investigation into mortgage fraud involving 84 newbuild properties in Thamesmead. Alliance & Leicester, Platform and Rooftop have been affected by the case and are helping the police with the investigation.

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David “Martin Clunes” Stewart from the Abbey press team (no, not from Eurythmics and, no, I never tire of that joke) got more than he bargained for when his esteemed colleagues in the press office mocked up a birthday card for him from the Dark Side no less. And a birthday belated happy we wish […]

Remortgaging bolsters lending

July’s gross mortgage lending reached £21.3bn, 12 per cent higher than the same time last year according to the British Bankers’ Association. The BBA says the strength of lending figure reflects higher levels of remortgaging activity.

Africa is lion king for investment prospects

StanLib is setting up South African equity and regional African funds and claims that the investment outlook for the continent has never been stronger.The Standard Africa equity fund will invest in up to 16 equity markets across Africa with its initial holdings focused in Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya.It will also have the freedom to […]

Open up on market

The fallout from the US sub-prime market is still causing jitters across stockmarkets but mortgage IFAs and brokers want to know what it means for them and their clients.

Sub-Saharan Africa Near-Term Outlook

By Paul Caruana-Galizia, Neptune Economist

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic renaissance continues. After growing at an average rate of five per cent over the past decade, the IMF projects an acceleration to 5.5 per cent growth among Sub-Saharan economies in the next two years, as developed economies emerge from the crisis. We expect this growth to be sustainable for three broad reasons.

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