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Bank of England rate cut helps drive mortgage sales recovery

The Bank of England interest rate cut last month helped buck the traditional summer slowdown for August mortgage sales with a 6.6% (£875m) increase on July, according to the Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. Residential and buy-to-let figures for the month totalled £14.1bn. August 2016 saw buy-to-let figures jump 9.1% (£207m) and residential […]

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Thomas Miller Investment announces the appointment of Simon Nicol as Pension Principal

Thomas Miller Investment announced that Simon Nicol has joined the business as Pension Principal. Simon has significant pensions experience and is highly regarded in the sector for his knowledge, experience and insight relating to pension planning & legislation, both Onshore UK and Offshore. Simon has worked for a number of pension consultancies and wealth management businesses […]

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Walker Crips Group plc appoints Guy Jackson as Executive Director and Head of Group Compliance

Walker Crips, the Investment and Wealth Management group, has bolstered its Board expertise with the appointment of Guy Jackson as Executive Director to the Board and as Company Secretary with immediate effect. Guy will be responsible for the management of detailed governance over all regulatory and compliance functions at Walker Crips. Formerly Head of Compliance […]

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Miton: Can central banks’ credibility continue to be trusted?

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: “It is clear that a key plank supporting markets is the credibility of central banks’ policy and central bankers, which broadly we call our ‘new monetary regime’ thesis. This period of experimental policy, QE and zero or negative interest rates which followed on from the global financial […]

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Pension investments hit new record high

Healthy growth in SIPP, annuity and flexible drawdown sales Pension investments reached a new record high in Q2 2016 according to data from Equifax Touchstone, a leading financial intermediary and customer profiling provider. Pension investments continued their strong upward trend with £8.4 billion of inflows (including transfers), a 6.2% rise (£0.5 billion) from the previous […]

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Miton’s David Jane: Dividend sustainability

  Companies cannot squeeze the lemon forever David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: “It has become an almost religious consensus among fund managers that the large, consumer packaged goods companies are such an attractive investment that they now form a key part of many portfolios. But what have been the reasons behind their […]

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Walker Crips expands investment team

Walker Crips, the integrated investment and wealth management group, has appointed Holly Ward and Edward Lester, as Investment Managers with immediate effect. Based in its City of London head office, both join from Charles Stanley where they worked as Investment Managers. Holly has over a decade of experience, beginning her career at Charles Stanley in 2004 […]

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Miton’s David Jane: How our multi asset fund range has adapted to a more positive growth environment

Despite Brexit and other mixed economic data, the tone of markets over the summer has been broadly positive A change in UK government rhetoric away from austerity toward spending may challenge our ‘lower for longer’ thesis Move from defensive ‘bond proxy’ equities into potential beneficiaries of a more benign growth environment, such as infrastructure David […]

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One in three need financial help from family and friends

Almost one third of people in the UK have borrowed money from friends or family 17% of the UK don’t know the sum of their total debt, rising to 23% for 35-44 year olds Student loans are the biggest proportion of debt for 19% of the UK, excluding mortgages The main reasons for getting into […]

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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Brexit progress report

In the weekly update from Miton’s Multi Asset team, fund manager Anthony Rayner gives a progress report on Brexit. He comments: “The EU referendum was over two months ago but progress on what Brexit will actually mean, never mind any sense as to when an agreement will be reached, has been slow. Nevertheless, there are some […]

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