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Increased Gap Expected in the Pension Market

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:44.

The gap in pensions is expected to grow further in 2013, according to predictions by the financial advisor Bestinvest.

London House Prices 10% Higher Than At Peak of Market

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:41.

Hometrack the online valuation company, claims house prices are 10% higher in London than they were at the peak of the market. However, the new research claims that overall prices have fallen across two thirds of the country. They predict a national fall in prices of 1% in 2013.

Twitter and Facebook – Avoid Prosecution For What You Say

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:35.

The impact of social media and the necessary legal curbs to prevent its abuse has been in the headlines throughout 2012. We have witnessed a number of prosecutions for comments made on both Twitter and Facebook and those who have fallen foul on the limitations of free speech, enshrined in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights have received some harsh sentences. In the middle of the year, Matthew Wood who was 20 at the time received a 12 week prison sentence for posting offensive views comments on Facebook regarding missing 5 year old April Jones. He was prosecuted under s.127 Communications Act 2003. Azhar Ahmed received a community sentence for derogatory comments claiming that British soldiers can die and go to hell, after the deaths of service personnel.

Holiday Lets – Are They The Best Investment?

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:29.

Buying a holiday home on the promise of high returns and occupancy rates may seem enticing, but there are risks for buyers who do not choose carefully. The ease which guests are connected to properties through online advertising portals offering and advertising properties and completing the cash transaction all at the click of a button have led many investors to enter this space.

NONYs just want to have fun

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 03 January 2013 01:20.

UK citizens classed as 'neither old nor young' (NONY), appear in no hurry to settle down according to Bright Grey's Generation Now report. The need for  independence seems low on the agenda for at least 5 million 25-40 year olds who  class themselves as financially dependent.

Where is The Mortgage Market Really Heading in 2013?

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 28 December 2012 07:25.

There has been a great deal of speculation in recent weeks regarding the 2013 predicted surge in house prices. However not all pundits are anticipating further increases. The Chief Executive of the National Association of Estate Agents, Mark Hayward has urged a degree of caution indicating that 2013 rather than seeing an upward spiral in house prices, will more likely be a period where the market will adapt to the turbulence of 2012.

170 Families A Day Helped By Critical Illness and Income Protection Insurance

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:04.

Recent figures just published by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) serve to highlight the important role protection insurance plays in helping people cope with the monetary and financial difficulties which can arise as a result of a death, serious illness or injury.

Access To Mortgages Hits 4 Year High

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 22:13.

The Building Society Association (BSA) found in its Property Tracker Survey that it is easier to secure a mortgage than at any time in the past four years with borrowing rates at five-year lows and planning approvals for new homes having risen sharply. The new report has raised hopes of a housing market revival.

Mortgage Market Forecasts for 2013

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:50.

The Council of Mortgage lenders has recently published its 2013/14  mortgage market forecasts  alongside its mortgage lender evaluation of the market based on interviews with the national lenders.In summary it indicates , there are significant reasons for optimism as it believes  the market recovery which began this year should continue into next year, reinforced partly by the mpact of the Funding for Lending Scheme.

Britain May Have Hit Triple Dip Despite Growth

on Friday, 21 December 2012 15:20.

The UK economy grew by 0.9% in the third quarter, according to figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).