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Rate cuts will protect UK housing market if recession hits

Interest rate cuts will protect the UK housing market from the impact of the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre this week, say IFAs.

Charcol and London & Country are among many mortgage brokers which believe the Bank of England will cut rates as early as next month to keep consumer confidence high and sustain the boom in the mortgage market.

Both say they expect to see a slight dip in the number of people looking to move over the coming weeks but expect this to be a short-term trend only lasting as long as interest rates remain at their current level. However, Charcol warns that it may change its prognosis for the market if there is an unexpected reaction to the crisis by the US Government.


Pension experts recommend caution over annuity purchases

Pension experts are warning pension savers to sit tight and carefully examine their options, before taking any investment decisions.It warns those policyholders about to take benefits should consider deferring their annuity purchase through income drawdown and that the effect of tragedies are an extraordinary example of why compulsory annuity purchase at age 75 needs to […]

US interest rates cut by 0.5 per cent

The US Federal Reserve has made a 0.5 per cent cut in interest rates to 3 per cent minutes before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange.The cut, the Fed&#39s eighth this year, had been anticipated by some analysts, and is aimed at securing investor confidence to avoid panic selling.The Bank of England Monetary […]

ScotLife scoops rival&#39s staff for protection bid

Scottish Life has confirmed it is setting up a stand-alone protection business led by former Scottish Provident head of marketing and business development David Robinson. In a move first reported by Money Marketing, former ScotProv head of product marketing Roger Edwards is also joining the team in a similar role. Edwards was a key figure […]

Scottish Life removes policy fee on regular premium plans

Scottish Life has removed the policy fee for all new regular premium plans of £100 or more per month.The life office says the move is designed to increase the attractiveness of its personal pension plans and that the removal of the policy fee produces a substantial improvement in its competitive position. Head of Communications Alasdair […]

Rise of the machines

Head of Sustainable Investing at Royal London Asset Management, Mike Fox, looks at the case for including artificial intelligence within a sustainable investment strategy. Read the article in full here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get […]


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