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Households say finances were down in August

Three in 10 households reported a drop in their finances in August, says the Markit/YouGov Household Finance Index. This reflects a decline in income and a rise in the price of goods and services.

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The latest lettings survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows that while rents are up for the second consecutive quarter, difficulty in securing buy-to-let loans is continuing to contri-bute to a lack of supply. Some 27% more surveyors re-ported a rise in rents rather than a fall. A year ago 29% more surveyors […]

GDP rises by 1.2%

GDP increased by 1.2% in the second quarter of 2010, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Intermediaries did not complain when they got exclusives

Regarding the article on the government’s stance on dual pricing and readers’ comments on Mortgage Strategy Online, I’m sorry but no brokers complain when they get exclusive deals from lenders, especially when these are priced less than direct products. Yes dual pricing is annoying, but that’s how it is just now. I charge a small […]

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In Focus: How to choose a flexible benefits provider — seven top tips

Jelf Employee Benefits looks at some of the key considerations employers should think about when reviewing and choosing a flexible benefits provider. Choosing the right benefits for your employees is one thing but delivering a successful employee benefits strategy is about understanding the complete picture and delivering it in a personalised way so that it resonates with each and every individual in your business. 

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