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Zopa has 100,000 users signed up

Online consumer lending portal Zopa has over 100,000 users signed up, not 1,000 as reported in Money Marketing on October 19.

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Private investors return to equities

Private investors bought £2.6bn of equities in August and September marking a reversal of the heavy selling of shares in the first half of 2006.Figures from Capita show that August and September are the first time private investors have increased holdings in equities since the beginning of the year.Between February and July this year, investors […]

Newton down to earth

Bless Newton and their efforts. With what can only be described as marketing genius, the fund manager sent out polystyrene model aeroplanes boasting “Income funds with less drag” across the body. The irony comes, of course, when the plane is launched into flight – or rather, a sudden drop, as the plane possesses absolutely no […]

Snowball appointed as Sumus director

Falcon parent Sumus has announced the appointment of Andrew Snowball as non-executive director.Snowball will remain as commercial director of Financial Services Advice & Support Limited, which was acquired by Sumus in September for £2m.Snowball says: “Becoming part of the Sumus group was a major strategic step for FSAS and I am delighted to be invited […]

HBOS pledges it will pump £10m into broker services

HBOS is to embark on a multi-million-pound inv- estment drive over the next two years to boost its already dominant position in the intermediary mortgage market. The giant has pledged to pump £10m into improving services for brokers, in addition to its “business as usual” investment. It will be largely spent on improving technology to […]

India Election Update

What a difference six months makes. Speaking in September last year, we had warned of ‘excessive pessimism’ afflicting the market’s perception of India. Since then, responsible central bank policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), alongside improving global growth, has meant that India’s macro environment is strengthening quickly. The current account deficit has shrunk, inflation is falling and the government has embarked on a heavy dose of much needed fiscal consolidation. As a result, the rupee has been one of the strongest global currencies this year while the market has touched all-time highs, rallying by more than 20 per cent (GBP) since September. This begs the question: are we now in a period of ‘irrational exuberance’? Not yet.

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