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Mortgage approvals hit four year high

British Bankers’ Association figures showed the numbers of approvals for house purchase and remortgaging both rose in September, with house purchase the highest since December 2009 and remortgaging the highest

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Annuity comparison tables fail to offer best rates

Analysis from over-55s adviser Key Retirement Solutions has revealed that many online services fail to offer the best rates, instead only guaranteeing a “better” deal. But on an average pension

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Spain emerges from two year recession

The Bank of Spain estimated that GDP rose by 0.1% in Q3, marginally better than Q2’s fall of 0.1% and the first quarterly increase since Q1 2011. This figure is

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Millions heading for poverty in retirement

A new report from the Pensions Policy Institute funded by the Association of British Insurers and the Defined Contribution Investment Forum and based on a model developed by the Department

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UK building sector sees a boost

During the third quarter of the year a record net balance of 41% more respondents reported rises in privately-funded housing projects compared with the previous period (from +31% in Q2).

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UK company dividends disappoint in Q3

The firm blamed weak company profits for disappointing payouts between July and September with just £25.3bn paid in dividends during the period. This represented a £60.5m fall compared to Q2

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HMRC to crack down on pension liberation

The measures emerged following an industry and government workshop in September to explore solutions to the growing problem of people accessing their retirement funds early and losing out financially as

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The worst performing pension funds revealed

The five worst funds in the list have not only underperformed their benchmarks, they have all lost investors money over the past three years. £100 put into the Scottish Widows

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Chinese growth recovers but expect turbulence

The figure was in line with consensus expectations and economists said reflected the mini-stimulus and fine tuning measures put in place by Beijing in response to the second quarter slowdown.

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Bentley-Leek Financial Management advisers banned

Mark Bentley-Leek and Mustafa Dervish, who were both directors of Bentley Leek Financial Management, were found by the regulator to have lacked integrity and to have misled clients as investments