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Brokers back MS to take TMW Euro 2004 crown

Betting on The Mortgage Works charity five-a-side football tournament on June 21 went supernova last week with Mortgage Strategy clear favourites to win the title.

Visitors to Mortgage Strategy Online punting to win a jeroboam of champagne reckon the scribblers&#39 team is tops for the title, ranking Alexander Hall a close second.

After a dazzling display at Molyneux last month at the BM Solutions charity match, James Rodea&#39s Hamptons players seemed nailed-on favourites, but brokers think otherwise with seven out of 10 expecting the MS team to triumph.

But an upbeat Rodea says: “Steve Smith and Richard Verlander both played well in the BMS charity game. Despite Steve missing a penalty in the shoot-out he scored a cracking volley in the game and I&#39ve every confidence he will do so again to take us to victory.”

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Trigold plans equity update

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First-time buyer confidence still high, research shows

Nationwide has conducted research into the attitudes of potential first-time buyers on affordability and home-ownership and has discovered that confidence among this group is still high, despite tough market conditions. With average house prices now at around £145,000, 74% of people who currently rent from a private landlord or live with their parents are still […]

Fear of fines will spur uptake of call recording

Fear of fines from the Financial Services Authority post-Mortgage Day will spur a huge take-up in call recording technology among brokers, claims software firm Veritape. With its PC-based phone call recording system, CallCentre, the firm is expecting the majority of its business to come from mortgage and general insurance brokers. MCOB rules require firms to […]

A bull case for US equities?

Neptune video: a bull case for US equities?

Watch Felix Wintle, head of US equities at Neptune, discuss why he believes US equities are in a structural bull market and the key factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher.

In the video, Wintle addresses the following:

• The US market and why — despite equities rising from 2009 — he believes the structural bull market only started in 2013
• Key economic and corporate factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher
• Investment themes and sectors offering exposure to the domestic recovery

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