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Conservative Govt unlikely to ease housing supply fears

A new Conservative Government is unlikely to ease concerns over the supply of housing, with experts pointing to continued constraints on resources and local planning departments. Property consultancy Knight Frank published a survey of over 160 housebuilders last month suggesting just 9 per cent believe more than 200,000 homes represents a sustainable level of housebuilding. […]

Ambitious landlords fuelling rise in remortgage business

Competitive rates and ambitious landlords are driving a growing focus on remortgaging among buy-to-let lenders, according to experts. Figures issued by broker Mortgages for Business show that 66 per cent of buy-to-let loans were for remortgages in the first quarter of 2015, up from 62 per cent at the end of 2014. Remortgages have now […]

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Aegon sees platform inflows triple

Aegon has seen net inflows on its platform triple for the first three months of the year to £968m. Inflows reached £305m in March 2014. Assets under administration stand as £3.8bn as at 31 March, compared to £1.6bn from the same time last year. Aegon says there are now 100,000 investors using its platform, with […]

We shouldn’t still be debating rights and wrongs of commission

So here we are – over two years into the RDR and yet still debating the rights and wrongs of commission, and whether it has a place in the new world of pension freedoms. It is bizarre that we find ourselves in this position. The driving force of the RDR was getting rid of bias, […]

US equities: opportunities for short sellers expand

Optimism is as American as baseball and apple pie. And since the financial crisis, being optimistic about US equities has paid off: they have outperformed every other major developed market by a comfortable margin. Yet while there remain plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about US equities, Stephen Moore, manager of the Artemis US […]

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