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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing: cooling off in the South

Surveys published this week show yet more evidence that the UK housing market is cooling. However, optimism is lower in the Southeast than the North. 2003 may see a shift of geographical focus, giving house prices in the South time to cool at the expense of the northern market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK IFAs: an industry at war with itself

The heads of the largest financial advice companies in the UK are arguing about their positioning in the industry. Disagreements of this type cannot be good for the reputation of an industry that has already been damaged by a series of mis-selling scandals. Customers are more interested in gaining good quality, impartial advice at a reasonable price than in industry wrangles.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK ignitions: UK aftermarket stronger than Europe but falling faster

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK industrial electricity: flexible products can mitigate nasty shock

Almost two thirds of UK large electricity consumers will be negotiating new contracts now, and could face a nasty surprise with some of the highest prices ever for the new contract round. Flexible purchasing options are proving increasingly popular within the I&C market to manage risk, and suppliers will need to adjust to such contracts being the norm rather than the exception.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK inflation: retailers will bear the brunt of interest rate rises

The 3.1% rise in the consumer price index, the UK measure of inflation, has made an interest rate hike for May seem inevitable. More worryingly for retailers, it also suggests that this rise is unlikely to be the last, with rates now expected to hit 5.75% by Autumn, the highest level for over six years - a particularly unwelcome development given retailers' contribution to lowering prices.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK inheritance tax: an unfair burden on homeowners

In view of next week's budget, the mortgage industry is again applying pressure on the UK government to raise the threshold for inheritance tax. The CML has many times proposed that inheritance tax be indexed in line with house prices. However, it is still unlikely that the government will concede. Yet for the sake of less well off homeowners, it will have to act sooner rather than later.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK inheritance tax: simply a matter of trust

With its proposals for a new inheritance tax regime, the Institute for Public Policy Research has sparked a national debate. Irrespective of whether or not the IPPR's proposals are adopted, wealth managers and tax planners have never had a better opportunity to improve awareness of trust services as a tax-efficient solution.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2004
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK insurance distribution: pensions edge out life products in IFA channel

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK insurance distribution: younger adults embrace online option

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK insurance regulation: GISC paves way for FSA

The British Government is to overhaul the current regulatory regime for the insurance industry by winding up GISC and placing it under the control of the FSA. Following a turbulent year for the GISC, insurers and intermediaries can now hope for a more stable future.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2001

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