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Tax transparency

Conservative shadow chancellor George Osborne says he would require the Treasury to run a special website showing where tax money is spent.

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As was universally expected, the Bank of England base rate went up recently. Thoughts immediately turned to the ramifications for borrowers and whether they will be able to handle the increased mortgage payments.

19% of estate agents cannot describe a HIP, says Easier2move

Easier2move has released the results of its ‘HIP Awareness’ Index, revealing that with eight months to the launch of HIPs, 19% of estate agents are still unable to describe what a HIP is with some degree of accuracy, compared with 11% in September. Easier2move says this increase is concerning and shows that despite the HIP […]

Success at Expo for em-

Mortgage packager em-financial has reported the number of visitors to its two stands at the London Mortgage Expo has broken all known records for the company. Em- has announced an increase of 235% on the number of new leads generated compared to last years exhibition and believes this increased interest is due to the combination […]

HCRs could still be a part of HIPs

HCRs were removed as a compulsory component of HIPs in July by the government due to spiralling costs and a lack of backing from the industry. But eConveyancer warns that they could still be included.Alan Dring, sales director of eConveyancer, says: “There is still a chance that HCRs will be included in the packs. At […]

Europe: Nursery slopes

After a flat year for European equities, in which the Artemis European Growth Fund outperformed, manager Philip Wolstencroft is (cautiously) optimistic about 2016.

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