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Prices rise

The Halifax House Price Index highlights an increase in house prices in September but a house price inflation rate lower than the same time last year. Martin Ellis, chief economist at Halifax, says: “House prices rose 1.2% in September and 1.8% in the third quarter.”

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Private rented sector continues to grow

New information from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister provides evidence that the private rented sector continues to grow steadily, with households under 30 responsible in part for this growth.Provisional findings from the Survey of English Housing, due to be published in full in 2006, show that the proportion of households that are privately […]

Online chat room for brokers to be set up

Brokers will soon be able to share their experiences of lenders with other intermediaries in an online chat facility. Jason Hegarty, a sole broker and mortgage adviser at Leiston Mortgage Centre, has founded 1BigTable.co.uk to provide a research facility and online community for mortgage intermediaries. Hegarty is hoping the site’s facilities will help raise standards […]

Mortgage Next makes key appointments

Mortgage Next has made a number of key appointments and is recruiting additional staff as a result of its recent strategic review of business. The network and mortgage distribution club with a packaging facility conducted a review of its business to ensure it delivers a high quality service to both appointed representatives via Mortgage Next […]

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy

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