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UK investors: once caught, twice shy

The UK's Investment Management Association has revealed further falls in investors' appetite for equity based ISA products. Understandably, investors are cautious about plowing into uncertain equity markets - yet at the same time, for those with a suitably long-term timeframe, now could be a good time to review their investment decisions.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2002
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UK Islamic mortgages move into the mainstream

According to new Datamonitor research, the future looks bright for Islamic mortgages in the UK. A number of regulatory obstacles are set to be corrected in the near future as both lenders and the UK government work towards regulatory change, allowing Islamic mortgages to become increasingly competitive with conventional mortgages.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2005
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UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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UK leads way, but enormous variation in wholesale gas market liquidity exists across EU

Wholesale gas market development will continue at a rapid rate in Europe, particularly after July 2007 when the markets fully liberalize. However, research indicates that the prospects for the development of these markets will continue to show enormous variation across the EU.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2007
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UK leasing: online service network growing

A new online service provider for the UK leasing industry is being well received by leasing players. Growth has been rapid and 150 repair outlets join the 1Link fleet maintenance provider network each week. The service is proving to be revolutionary in its sector - producing cost savings of up to 30% in some cases.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2003
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UK lenders breathe sigh of relief on interest-only mortgage findings

Following its research into interest-only mortgages, the UK Financial Services Authority has concluded that consumers taking out such mortgages generally have a reasonable understanding of the risks involved. Nevertheless, lenders must continue to develop and implement best practice strategies to ensure customers are sold the mortgage that is best for them, and that they remain aware of the risks.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2006
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UK lenders missing a trick on graduate and professional mortgages

Mortgage lenders in the UK are missing out on significant business opportunities in the graduate and professional field. Launched in the late 1990s, graduate and professional mortgages were designed to help young buyers get on the property ladder, and for lenders to tap into a new market. Yet the market remains small, with gross advances of just GBP3.6 billion in 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2006
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UK lenders will continue to rely upon wholesale funding and securitization

Although mortgage funding models that rely on wholesale funding and securitization are now being questioned, this type of funding will continue to be relied upon. Despite what has happened to Northern Rock, these models have benefits, and with the implementation of proper preventative measures, funding via the wholesale markets and securitization will be a safer and healthier option than before.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2008
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CommentWire

UK lending markets: more bad times ahead for both lenders and borrowers

Lending to consumers is set to contract by 13.5% in 2008. Lending markets are currently beset by high market uncertainties, with the ongoing credit crunch, falling house prices, rising arrears and repossessions, and indebted consumers struggling to find credit. In current uncertain market conditions, it is neither good to be a lender nor a borrower.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2008
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CommentWire

UK lending: 'problem' debt is becoming ever more problematic

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) has reported that problem, or unmanageable, debt increased by almost twice as much as unsecured debt between 2004 and 2005, indicating an increasingly unhealthy situation in the UK credit market. However, with consumers still borrowing and lenders bullish about the long-term effects of bad debt, agencies like CCCS are likely to get even busier.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006

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