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Buy-to-let gross lending figures for 2014 were really positive, up 23 per cent by volume and 32 per cent by value on 2013, and totalling £27.4bn. The sector is forecast to grow by similar percentages in 2015, so gross lending could reach around £35bn to £40bn this year. Buy-to-let is attractive – to mortgage funders, […]

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Since the Cold War came to an end 25 years ago, Russia has gone through cataclysmic changes. But today the world is once again seeing the former Communist behemoth flex its muscles. In The Colder War, Marin Katusa, head of energy at investment advisory service Casey Research, looks in depth at Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin […]

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MPC vote marks six years of record low rates – but seventh is unlikely

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted once more to keep base rate at 0.5 per cent – marking the sixth anniversary of record-low rates. Committee members also voted to maintain the programme of quantitative easing at £375bn. The QE programme has remained unchanged since July 2012, when it was increased from £325bn. […]

Bank of Beirut UK fined for misleading FCA

The FCA has fined the Bank of Beirut UK £2.1m and fined two approved persons for providing misleading information to the regulator. The FCA has also stopped the bank acquiring new customers from high-risk jurisdictions for 126 days, after concerns it was not doing enough to address the risk of being used for financial crime. […]

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