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Rental yields show signs of growth

Rental yields rose slightly last month, raising hopes that the steady decline seen since November 2001 has come to an end, according to Paragon Mortgages.

The buy-to-let lender&#39s new monthly index reveals that yields rose to 7.99 per cent last month from a low of 7.91 per cent in January. One year ago, yields were 9.57 per cent and in November 2001 they were 10.02 per cent.

Managing director John Heron says: “With the recent cooling of the property boom and more properties coming on the market, landlords are currently able to negotiate excellent deals on property. They are showing no signs of cutting back their investment in property.”


Gartmore extends focus funds discount

Gartmore is extending the 2 per cent discount off the initial 5 per cent charge on lump-sum invest-ments in its focus fund range until April 30. The range consists of the American Focus, European Focus, Global Focus and UK Focus funds.

Beware the bear

I suspect that through his column in Money Marketing, Julian Gibbs has been responsible for selling more stockmarket-linked bonds than any other person.I also suspect that he recommended the very products which he refers to in this week&#39s column that have recently matured without returning investor&#39s original capital (Money Marketing, April 3).He does point out, […]

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RBS cuts discount rates

Royal Bank of Scotland has cut the rates on its range of discount mortgages as it removes the early repayment charges on all of its products.The two year discount is now set at 4.09 per cent, down from 4.32 per cent and 1.73 per cent off the lender&#39s SVR of 5.82 per cent.The three year […]

A DGT with 100% access and 100% discount?

Clare Moffat, Technical Manager, looks at the benefits of pensions from an IHT perspective. 100% access and 100% discount – what type of wrapper could this be? A pension! Post flexibility there is 100% access (for those over 55) and normally pensions are inheritance tax (IHT) free. With flexibility the options available on death mean […]


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