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Fiddling while market burns

Chancellor Alistair Darling has so far failed to put out the fire engulfing the mortgage market. The Bank of England has cut rates in the hope of stimulating some sort of recovery but as lenders hoard capital and bemoan the price of funding, the base rate could fall to zero for all the respite it would offer. As for the Financial Services Authority, creative thinking to get us out of this mess is beyond the regulator’s remit.

Three main moves to help struggling firms

Businesses come in all shapes, sizes and structures, from limited companies to partnerships to sole traders, but all can get into financial trouble.

Flexible ER advice is paramount

The severe slump in the pound’s value is a sign of downward pressure affecting interest rates.


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