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Week in numbers

40% – The percentage of couples who have shelved plans to start a family because they can’t afford it, according to research from Skipton Building Society.

1,000 – The number of Facebook employees who will become millionaires as a result of its £66bn flotation.

$1.5bn – The estimated share U2’s Bono will have in Facebook following its flotation, making him the richest rock star in the world.

£709 – The average monthly rent in England and Wales, after rising by 0.5% in April, according to LSL Property Services.

£20 – The amount that mortgage repayments would have to increase by to put 100,000 individuals at risk of losing their homes, according to the Consumer Credit Counselling Service.

58 – The number of 95% LTV deals that are being offered by 22 lenders, according to

10% – The number of new homes in the UK that are self-built, according to the Building Societies Association.

£150 – The amount someone using a payday loan company could be charged if they repay their loan 10 days late, according to Which?.




Economic tracker – May

Buy-to-let has been one of the success stories in recent years among the doom and gloom of economic uncertainty and recession. It’s been seen as the darling of the mortgage world for both lenders and landlords, and has even prompted the emergence of first-time landlords who are turning to rental yields in an attempt to achieve a better return on their investments.


Insurancereview – May 2012

We’ve all seen the advertisements that ask – ‘Have you had a credit card with any of the following companies? Or a loan with any of these banks? Or were you sold insurance you didn’t need or want? If so call this number now’.


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