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Stepping out

Mole is feeling emotional this week after bidding farewell to editor extraordinaire Robyn Hall, who stepped down last Friday.

Together Mole and Hall have been through the highs, the lows and the downright unmentionables together and loved every minute. As a wise man once said, this is not goodbye, this is see you later…

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Lenders seizing the balance of power in market

While networks, brokers and house buyers have used the hiatus in mortgage activity to strengthen their position for competitive advantage, it appears some lenders are attempting to map out a different and exclusive mortgage market.

Go figure…

When is bad news good news? When the news is better than predicted.

Arrears on sub-prime mortgages hit record high

Arrears on sub-prime mortgage loans in the UK hit a record high of 28.6% for Q4 last year, research from Standard & Poor’s shows.The Q4 report from S&P Ratings Services reveals that the comparative figure for Q3 was 25.1%.Outstanding arrears over 90 days are now at 12.5%, up from 10.3% the previous quarter.Repossession cases have […]

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Neptune video: UK economy: a sustainable recovery?

After years of a slowly brewing economic recovery, the UK has seen a strong rise in growth in recent months. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses the strength of this recovery and whether it is sustainable.

In the video, Martin addresses the following:

• Structural features supporting the UK economy
• UK mid-caps and the potential for M&A activity
• Valuations and opportunities in house builders