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Two thirds of mortgage broker predict rising house prices

Almost two thirds of brokers expect house prices to rise this year, according to a survey by UCB Home Loans.
The survey of nearly 1500 mortgage brokers conducted in January shows 31 per cent expect them to remain broadly the same as in 2005, and only four per cent think they will fall.
According to the survey 52 per cent expect more buyers to enter the market in 2006, whilst 32 per cent think the number of homebuyers will be roughly the same as last year and 16 per cent think there will be fewer.
The picture for interest rates indicates expectations of stable or falling rates, with 43 per cent thinking they will fall over the year, 48 per cent seeing them remaining stable and nine per cent thinking they will rise.


New fees go towards paying FSA pensions

The FSA says it is using addit-ional income from mortgage and general insurance regulation to help pay off its 35m pension deficit. The regulator says it will use “unplanned income” primarily from higher than expected auth- orisation fee inflows to raise its pension deficit payment from 6m to 9.7m. Its deficit was valued at 35m […]

Vertex acquires 1st

Vertex has announced the acquisition of adviser technology firm 1st for an initial fee of 25m plus up to 13.5m subject to performance criteria.Founders Rory Curran and Mik Cons have sold the software firm for 25m plus up to 13.5m depending on certain performance criteria being satisfied over a two year period. Both will remain […]

True grid

In my last article, I started to outline a range of suggested portfolios based on two simple variables – attitude to risk and likely term of investment.

Claim-chasers move to clean up industry

Endowment claim-chasers will present protocols to life offices this week to help clean up the industry. They propose to make costs more transparent and ban inappropriate advertising.

William Littlewood “betting that QE won’t work”

Journalist Alexis Xydias interviews Artemis manager William Littlewood about his views on bond, equity and currency markets and the impact of a Greek exit from the EU. With bond yields at “ludicrous” levels, William believes a tipping point for bond markets is sure to come. As a result, his Strategic Assets Fund holds government bond shorts to the tune of 100 per […]


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