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MS columnist made an offer she couldn’t refuse

Sue Read has quit Marshall James & Co after 11 years and joined Jobson James Mortgage Services as head of mortgages.

Read – who champions mortgage brokers in her weekly Mortgage Strategy column – started her new role at the IFA firm last week.

She says despite being sad to leave Marshall James, Jobson James made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.

The mortgage expert has 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having worked in the past for firms such as brokerage Chase de Vere and lender National & Provincial before it was acquired by Abbey.

Read says her aim is to expand the IFA’s mortgage proposition.

She says: “The mortgage service at Jobson James is in its infancy so I have almost got a blank sheet of paper to work with.

“Ideally, I would love mortgages to become a significant part of what Jobson James is all about and it would be nice to grow the adviser base on the mortgage side.”


Tory air tax plan could hit overseas market

David Cameron’s proposals to charge a higher rate of aviation tax to consumers who take more than one short-haul flight a year will have a damaging effect on the overseas property market, says Rightmove Overseas.


It was great to see swaps continue to edge down last week and we’ve seen a couple of lenders reducing their fixed rates too. Let’s hope more follow.

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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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