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CML pleas for honest assessment of challenges ahead

The Council of Mortgage Lenders will use its annual conference today to plea for an honest assessment of the challenges facing the lending industry. The CML agrees with Mervyn King that the most pressing problem now is to get institutions lending again. But it says there are inherent conflicts in demands to improve the flow […]

Bank of England to cut rates to record low as gloom intensifies

Data released by the Bank of England today showed mortgage approvals are bottoming out in the low 30 thousands. The number of mortgage approvals for house purchase fell by 1,000 to 32,000 in October – matching August’s record low since records began in 1993. Just 460,000 mortgages have been approved over the year to date […]

UK: mid-year review and outlook

By Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, and Scott MacLennan, manager of the Neptune UK Opportunities Fund H1 2014• Equity markets continued to show strength: despite a strong rally in 2013 driven by a market-wide re-rating, equity markets continued to generate positive returns for investors. Economic activity continued to be stimulated […]

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