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Base Rate kept at 0.5%, but has the “Order to shoot” been given?

Base rate kept at 0.5% for 18 consecutive months. Although it had been widely expected to keep the record low interest rates, there are increasing calls to increase rates to curb inflation. Indeed meetings of the MPC meeting shows that for 3 months now 1 member, Andrew Sentance, has voted for a rate rise. The quantitative easing regime was also maintained, but interestingly there are some people who believe this is about to be increased with only the above target inflation figures stopping the decision this month. As the IoD chief economist Graeme Leach puts it the "..gun is about to be reloaded and the order to shoot given," For more information visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11242526 Please share this news item via Share and Enjoy and please do leave a comment on what you think - we always love to hear your thoughts.
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Top 10 Buy to Let Mortgage Rates - September 2010

Here are the top 10 buy to let rates provided by our Mortgage Mentor, Zoe Cairns.
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How to Find a Property Auction Bargain

  Property auctions are a great place to find a variety of properties and opportunities. Many properties end up in auction for a number of different reasons – it could be that a quick sale is needed (e.g. repossession), a best market price needs to be achieved (e.g. housing association stock), the house requires refurbishment (difficult to get conventional lending), the property is unusual (e.g. a water tower) or there are complicated legal issues which make it difficult to sell via private treaty (through an estate agent). Auctions can offer great opportunities for property investors as some properties can be bought at “below open market value” and in some cases properties can sell for around 50% of their “market value”. However, the key is in understanding what the “market value” is and in understanding the different risks associated with the property. To understand if a property is a potential bargain the...
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Can you put a price on life?

[caption id="attachment_1815" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Can you put a price on life?"][/caption] Of course not, no amount of money can ever compensate for the death of a loved one. However, whilst it cannot ease the pain, cash from a life assurance policy can help with the financial difficulties that often arise as a result. Where most people will have insured their home, possessions and car, often the most important element is overlooked – you! If you have life assurance to protect your family in the event of your death, you will receive peace of mind in the knowledge that if anything should happen to you, those you leave behind will be taken care of financially. Life cover will ensure that your family will have money at the time when they will need it most. So, how do you decide how much cover you need and which is the most appropriate plan for...
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New University Year! Make sure your Landlord Insurance is up to scratch.

The new university year is upon us. In no time at all it will be Freshers week, where thousands of students hit the bars and clubs in your local area. From drinking games to pub crawls, anything goes during this week of alcohol fuelled madness. Will your landlord insurance cover you when they bring the party back to your home? Freshers week can be a worrying time for landlords, because they have probably been there themselves, and know exactly what goes on. Its three oclock in the morning and the students are making their way out of the clubs and the only place left to go is home. After a night of Buy One, Get Two Free and £1 a Shot drinks promotions, nobody wants the party to stop. Its their first time away from home and your tenant has made a lot of new friends, so when they invite ten...
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