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Inflation hits 2.8%

The Bank of Englands Monetary Policy Committee has increased inflation by 0.1% from 2.7% to 2.8%.

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Surprises await house hunters

Ghosts, pets with their own bedrooms and copulating couples are some of the unusual experiences reported by house hunters in research by Smile Mortgages. It found that 23.5% of people viewing homes have reported unusual experiences. These ranged from owners giving pets their own bedrooms to experiencing ghost-like presences. Some have been locked into houses […]

Brown’s Budget is a “lost opportunity”, says A&L

Alliance & Leicester says Gordon Brown’s Budget is a missed opportunity to help first-time buyers.Stephen Leonard, director of mortgages at A&L, says: “This Budget is a lost opportunity to redress the burden of Stamp Duty. “Alliance & Leicester has campaigned for more help for first-time buyers as our research reveals that the majority of them […]

FSA should clamp down on small companies’ bad ads

I am writing in response to Simon Robin’s recent letter (Mortgage Strategy March 12 ). I am a one-man band mortgage adviser who trades in a niche market and I too am frustrated by rival firms’ advertisements I see appearing in local publications. As I normally charge a fee I naturally disclose this fact and […]

The death of retirement – a boost for protection?

According to our recent report on the death of retirement, changes in workplace pension provision mean that coming generations of retirees could have a radically different experience of retirement from their parents. The average contribution rate into an old-style final salary pension was around 20% of total wages, the statutory minimum for a new automatic […]

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