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FTBs’ share of market falls

The National Association of Estate Agents has revealed first-time buyers’ share of the mortgage market fell from 11.7% in February to 8.3% in March. It blames tighter lending criteria caused by the credit crunch.

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B&B reveals £38m in write-downs

Bradford & Bingley has revealed write-downs of £38m in Q1 2008. The losses were recorded in the lender’s structured finance portfolio, which features collateralised debt obligations.

Can UK companies satisfy global appetites?

By Mark Martin, Manager of Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund

Rapid economic and income growth is leading to a dramatic shift in diet towards protein products right around the globe. UK companies such as Genus, the world’s largest livestock breeder, are benefiting from this increasing demand. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses this investment theme.

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