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Farmland outshining gold

The average price of English farmland rose by 11% to a record £6,882/acre in 2013, according to the latest results from the Knight Frank Farmland Index...

Auction Lets has launched - Landlords auction it and tenants bid for it

A new way for landlords to let their property has launched this month, providing an innovative alternative to the traditional lettings model...

Merseyside Innovation Awards are back on the hunt for the region’s most ingenious businesses

This week marks the full launch of the Merseyside Innovation Awards for 2014 as the search for the most ingenious businesses and products in the region begins once more...

Market Observations: 2014 bond outlook

Bond markets have enjoyed a bull run over the past 30 years, largely supported by both falling interest rates and inflation and, since 2008, loose monetary policy...

Equity Advice launches Later Life Academy

Advisers working, or looking to work, in the later life market will now be able to join the new Later Life Academy (LLA), which has been launched to raise standards and provide business opportunities in sectors such as equity release, annuities and long-term care...

Paragon Mortgages launch lifetime buy-to-let trackers

Paragon Mortgages, the specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender, has launched a range of lifetime tracker products along with refreshing the rest of its range of fixed and tracker buy-to-let mortgages...

FCA review into non-advised investment sales puts customer insight into focus

The FCA is asking selected wealth firms to provide detailed information on business models, product ranges, and governance and controls as part of a thematic review on non-advised and simplified advice investment sales...

Franchise sector holds the key to UK economic growth in 2014

Franchise Development Services (FDS) has released figures showing a steep increase in the number of people looking to invest in a franchise opportunity...

2014 financial markets outlook

Looking forward to 2014, Threadneedle Investments said it believed the year would be characterised by the move towards financial markets standing on their own feet again, as the global policy support that has been providing abundant liquidity to markets starts to be withdrawn...

Only 50% of UK population in control of financial future

With each New Year we all resolve to live a healthier lifestyle but as BlackRock’s Investor Pulse Survey reveals that only half of Brits (50%) feel in control of their financial future, should everyone sign up to a new savings regime, go on a spending diet and cut out the excess? Tony Stenning, BlackRock’s head of UK retail, said: “Just two in five Brits (39%) see funding a comfortable retirement as a priority and with less than half of the population actually saving for retirement (47%) people need to start dedicating as much time to overhauling their finances as they do to new diets and exercise...

End of year farmland review

Here David Hebditch, Head of Rural at Chesterton Humberts, reveals a welcome return by the "lifestyle purchaser" to the farmland market...

Transport and living costs biggest barriers to London’s success

Ageing infrastructure and the high cost of living are the biggest barriers to London’s continued competitiveness, according to the capital’s businesses...

Credit card debt growth fears

More than one in three credit card customers do not clear their debts or believe they will not clear them despite taking out zero per cent balance transfer deals, according to new findings from independent market research firm Consumer Intelligence...

Donors would boycott charities which fail to file financial information

More than three-quarters of adults (76%) would not donate to a charity which had failed to submit its financial accounts and returns to the Charity Commission, according to an independent ICM poll commissioned by the charity regulator and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), the self-regulatory body for UK fundraising...

UK hotel sector shows more signs of improvement

The hotel sector has been boosted by the improving economic backdrop, according to PwC analysis. While 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster for London, after a slow start and tough Olympic comparisons over the summer, the capital has recovered well and performed better then PwC anticipated earlier in the year...

ECB asset quality review to throw up some ‘failures and surprises’

KPMG’s EMA head of financial services, Bill Michael, believes the European Central Bank’s asset quality review will be the single biggest challenge facing European banks in 2014...

Greater funding for residential development expected for 2014

The residential development funding landscape has changed markedly over the last year, becoming more accessible than at any time since the financial downturn, according to Knight Frank...

Sterling set to rise as UK employment increases

Sterling is set to rise in the light of a strong UK employment report, according to foreign exchange firm, Halo Financial...

200,000 homes at risk of repossession

1 in every 105 households in England is at risk of repossession or eviction, according to new statistics released by Shelter...

When will the tide turn for gold equities?

Here Rob Morgan, Pension and Investments Analyst at Charles Stanley Direct, considers what next for the markets...



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