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UK inflation down in December

UK underlying inflation fell in December to 2 per cent, compared to 2.2 per cent in November, increasing pressure on the Bank of England to cut interest rates.

The Bank of England&#39s target rate for underlying inflation, which excludes mortgage rates, is 2.5 per cent. The UK now has the lowest inflation rate in Europe.

The business community and unions are likely to press for a rate cut as fears grow of a hard landing for the US economy. But some commentators believe that strong growth in the UK economy will discourage the Bank of England from making a cut.


Platform homes in on adverse credit market

Borrowers with a history of bad credit ratings are being targeted by specialist mortgage providers Platform Home Loans. Platform Home Loans 1.25 per cent discount mortgage is open to employed people and self employed people who have to prove their level of income, with unlimited levels of county court judgements (CCJs) or arrears. The product […]

Heath Lambert Financial Services wins Partnerships UK tender

Heath Lambert Financial Services has been appointed by Partnerships UK as both general insurance and employee benefits solutions providers following a competitive tender. Partnership UK was formed as a public private partnership to help the public sector develop better PPP and private finance initiative deals. It will soon be raising capital from private sector investors. […]

Legal & General goes for world of medicine

LEGAL & GENERAL Health & Pharmaceuticals index-tracking Isa. Type: Maxi stocks and shares Isa. Aim: Growth by tracking health and pharmaceutical sectors of FTSE all world index. Minimum investment: Monthly £30, lump sum £500. Maximum investment: £7,000. Catmarked: No. Investment choice: 64 per cent US, 12 per cent UK, 5 per cent France, 8 per […]

Scottish Friendly Assurance with profits bond stays at six per cent

Scottish Friendly Assurance is launching its growth and security with profits bond for 2001 with a bonus rate of 6 per cent, guaranteed until January 2002. This is the same bonus rate which applied to the bond in 2000. With a minimum initial investment of £3,000, single investments over £10,000 in the bond receive an […]

Rayner Spencer Mills: Why we rate the Artemis Global Growth Fund

Ken Rayner and Graham O’Neill from RSM explain why they rate the fund, its investment process and how it can be used in a portfolio. The Artemis Global Growth Fund became a RSM ‘rated’ fund earlier this year. In this video, Ken Rayner and Graham O’Neill explain the fund’s investment approach, why they rate it, […]


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