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Number of first time buyers increases 7.8% in April

The number of first-time buyers grew 7.8% in the month to April and 46.9% year-on-year, despite the introduction of MMR, according to the latest First Time Buyer Opinion Barometer from


Premium Bonds investment limit increases to £40,000

National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has increased the investment limit on Premium Bonds from £30,000 to £40,000. It also announced that the number of £1 million prizes offer will double


Talking tech with the Techinvest fund manager

Darren Freemantle’s £42m MFM Techinvest Technology Fund was 342.45p a share at the end of April, a share price gain of 284.9% since the start of 2009, and more than

Alternative Investments , News

Crowdfunding: investors must stay vigilant

Crowdfunding seems to take big strides forward with each week that passes. Hardly a day goes by without some new creative project, social enterprise, cool startup, small medium sized enterprise


Number of IPOs up 104%

The latest weekly figures from the London Stock Exchange show that from 1 January to 23 May, there were 55 IPOs that raised £7.7bn. Compared to the same period in


Lloyds Bank to float TSB

Lloyds Bank has announced it is to float 25% of its TSB subsidiary next month with small investors offered free shares for investing. Private investors are being offered one free


Take your step on the property ladder

After years of financial instability, it’s understandable why many seek to rent rather than buy. A recent survey revealed that on average, potential buyers wait more than three years before


New home, new challenges

Since the financial crisis, potential buyers have faced a series of challenges within the property market. The head of mortgage policy at BSA, Paul Broadhead, believes that in recent months,


Budgeting with Help to Buy

Since its launch in 2013, the Help to Buy scheme has seen a rise in property sales across England and Wales. Data comparing completed house sales of January 2013 and

Funds , News

Understanding investment trust valuations

So much has been written in the financial pages this year about investment company ‘discounts’, in particular, the fact that they are currently at record lows. Why all the interest?