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Rates on hold at 4 per cent again

The Bank of England&#39s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep interest rates at 4 per cent for the 14th month in a row.

The move comes despite increasing pressure from employer groups and unions on the Bank to cut rates to stimulate the UK economy.

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Northern Rock launches new fixed rate bonds

Northern Rock is launching three new limited issue fixed rate bonds.The bonds will bear interest rates of 4 per cent for one year, 4.15 per cent for two years and 4.3 per cent for three years.They will be available by postal applications or through Northern Rock branches from January 8 on investments of at least […]

L&G rolls out equity release product to all IFAs

Legal & General is now marketing its equity release mortgage to all IFAs, as the lender sees the product as a growth market for 2003.The product, that had formerly only been marketed to a limited number of IFAs, has a fixed interest rate of 7.3 per cent for the life of the mortgage.L&G director of […]

F&C scraps front-end loads

F&C is scrapping front-end loads on its UK-marketed open-ended funds but continuing to offer commission to IFAs.The fund manager&#39s higher income plan and with-prospects fund will offer up to 2 per cent commission on all sales and transfers while the F&C blue will pay 1 per cent commission.If IFAs forgo their commission F&C will allow […]

British Gas targets equity release

British Gas is to launch equity-release products, mortgages and securedloans as part of its move into financial services this year.The utilities company, a subsidiary of the Centrica Group which also ownsthe AA and Goldfish Bank, says it is currently at the development stage andis confident it will produce a suite of financial products to appeal […]

A bull case for US equities?

Neptune video: a bull case for US equities?

Watch Felix Wintle, head of US equities at Neptune, discuss why he believes US equities are in a structural bull market and the key factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher.

In the video, Wintle addresses the following:

• The US market and why — despite equities rising from 2009 — he believes the structural bull market only started in 2013
• Key economic and corporate factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher
• Investment themes and sectors offering exposure to the domestic recovery

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