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Slower property growth says Savills

Residential property will only increase in value by 5 per cent this year, less than half the 14 per cent growth in 2001, says broker FPD Savills.

Its latest research bulletin claims weaker economic growth, falling employment and slower increases in household income are acting as drags on house prices, but it predicts increases of 7 per cent in 2003.

The threat of increased unemployment is the biggest risk to the housing market according to Savills.

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In Focus — May 2015: private medical insurance market in Germany

Welcome to the latest edition of In Focus. In this issue, Jelf examines the private medical insurance market for employers with expatriate workforces in Germany. This includes the common challenges faced in sourcing appropriate coverage, along with a selection of available solutions. This will be of particular interest to HR/reward decision makers with employees based in Germany. It will assess the cultural norms, risks and backdrop that are relevant to organisations with expatriate staff in this location.

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