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Investing in a time of negative real interest rates

Interest rates are low. Bond yields, in some economies, are at negative levels. Simon Edelsten, manager of the Artemis Global Select fund, analyses which assets investors should now consider.

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Newcastle Building Society has appointed Damian Thompson as customer director. Thompson joins from Principality Building Society, where he was head of distribution. Thompson says: “I’m delighted to join the Newcastle Building Society Board. I want to connect with our brokers and members and ensure that they continue to have a voice across our organisation.” In […]

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Buy-to-Let Watch: Autumn brings sense of foreboding

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Mortgage rates fall to all time lows following base rate cut

Average variable and fixed mortgage products rates fell to record low rates in August, almost immediately following the drop in the base rate. According to the latest Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends report, the Bank of England’s move to drop the base rate to 0.25 per cent in August meant two-year tracker’s fell by 0.19 per […]

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FCA sets out how it will investigate mortgage panels

The FCA has set out the scope of its investigation into how mortgage panel arrangements hurt competition and consumer choice. The regulator outlined its plans in May to examine competition in the market, including how consumers assess products, the impact of regulation and commercial relationships across the mortgage market. Speaking at an FSE event in […]

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