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Expert View

UK HNWs are getting back into the investment game

As markets begin to recover, UK high net worth individuals are starting to shake off last year's fears and are looking for returns once more. Investment performance is a key factor in both attracting and retaining these lucrative clients, as are personal relationships, leading a number of high net worth individuals to hand their investment management responsibilities to their wealth managers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK home credit: door to debt?

Following a 'super complaint' from UK watchdog the National Consumer Council, the home credit industry is to be examined by the Competition Commission. Given the considerable media exposure that doorstep lenders have received over their apparently excessive interest rates, the major providers will face a tough challenge convincing the commission that more stringent regulation is not required.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK house prices: the fire no longer burns so brightly

It has been the sixth month in row that property price increases have slowed in the UK. The number of active homebuyers also fell in November by 2.3%. These latest statistics suggest that a sense of reality is returning to the UK property market - although the Halifax figures due later this month will be more conclusive.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Nov 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK household insurance: demographics have little impact on face-to-face distribution

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK household insurance: don't take me to your lender

Householders aren't always just too apathetic to shop around: many are unaware that they are paying over the odds in the first place. Insurers can be reluctant to boost consumer awareness, since they are the ones providing the mortgage providers' policies. But the threat of banks moving their insurance divisions in-house means this attitude needs to change.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK household insurance: gross weighted premiums could rise by 7.4%

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK household insurance: subsidence threatens profitability

The UK household insurance industry achieved profitability in 2003 after seven years of losses. However, subsidence claims are on the rise, and the benign weather conditions of 2003, which reduced storm and flooding claims, are not expected to last. Underwriters will therefore stay under pressure to maintain premium rate increases until 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2004
Expert View
Expert View

UK housing market's 'boom and bust' cycle remains a threat

Fears of a housing market boom and bust cycle should not be dismissed lightly following its strong 2006 performance. In 2005, the mortgage market stalled alongside a slowdown in house price growth, suggesting that the market was moving towards a soft landing. However, its outstanding performance in 2006 and almost double-digit house price inflation have renewed fears of a housing crash.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing market: a speeding train running out of steam

It's been a year of rapidly rising house prices - the fact that a monthly increase of 1.4% is the lowest for six months illustrates this. However, a range of indicators now suggests that things could be slowing down. Few commentators are predicting a slump anytime soon, but many now seem to recognize that the housing market is returning to a realm of reality.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing market: little respite ahead

As the debate over interest rates rages on, the housing market shows no sign of slowing. April was the third month in succession to post record levels of mortgage lending. Even the Council of Mortgage Lenders says enough is enough. Modest interest rate increases are certainly desirable for the housing market, but with uncertainty ruling elsewhere, the UK's two-speed economy seems set to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2002

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