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UK second for overvalued housing

The UK has the second most overvalued housing market in the developed world, according to Fitch Ratings.

The domestic economy is also rated as the third most vulnerable to shocks in interest rates, income and asset prices out of the 16 most developed nations.

Although the UK is ranked seventh in terms of household debt vulnerability, its high scoring on housing overvaluation means that it is one of the countries most at risk from house price movements and household balance sheet deterioration.

France has the most overvalued housing market. Nordic and Anglo-Saxon countries are also named as the most at risk in terms of household debt vulnerability, with New Zealand, Denmark and Norway topping the list. Japan, Germany and Italy are the least vulnerable.

The report says: “Economies where housing looks overvalued and households are overstretched will be more vulnerable to shocks to interest rates, income and asset prices.”


PFS will stick to its knitting on RDR

The Personal Finance Society has pledged to “stick to its knitting” and keep out of the controversial retail distribution review debates around remuneration and capital adequacy.Chief executive Tim Eadon says the PFS is actively engaging members on the issue of improving professionalism but has decided to stay out of other areas of the review.Eadon says […]

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How time flies. It only seems like yesterday that Japanese stocks were soaring and Japan was the hottest stockmarket in the world. Japanese small cap stocks were the place to be as investors sought to tap into a nascent domestic recovery story.

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The retail distribution review frustrates and irritates me in about equal proportions, when real issues, such as how we address a life protection gap estimated by Swiss Re to be £2.3trn, should be addressed.


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