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Premier Mortgage launches website

Mortgage broker Premier Mortgage Management has announced the launch of a new website in an effort to help intermediaries prepare for the onset of regulation next October.

The website offers a referral service to IFA businesses looking to send mortgage business elsewhere so they can avoid the hassle of having to comply with FSA regulation.

PMM managing director Mark Mountney says: “With the current demands of the re-shaping financial services market, IFAs are having a hard time meeting endless standards of compulsory regulation, compliance, costs and exams.

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Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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