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Return to Confidence

April 13th, 2009

In a normal year, markets may respond to inflation, interest rate expectations, consumer sentiment or corporate earnings. But this is not a normal year. This year, liquidity has become the force that drives everything else. Worries over hidden toxic debt … Continued

The Housing Market

April 3rd, 2009

A combination of exceptionally low interest rates and plummeting values has made house prices more affordable now than they have been in years. Figures from Halifax showed that UK house prices fell over 17% in the year to February 2009. … Continued

Quantative easing

March 18th, 2009

The Bank of England (BoE) made history in March 2009 with the news that it was to begin a radical programme of quantitative easing. Quantitative easing helps to increase or reduce the supply of money held in commercial banks’ reserve … Continued

The shrinking mortgage market

March 18th, 2009

It wasn’t so very long ago that credit was cheap and easily available, and mortgage lenders were fighting to win business. However, since the credit crunch took hold late in 2007, it has become increasingly difficult and more expensive to … Continued

Interest Rates

March 5th, 2009

Interest rates were slashed by 50 basis points today taking them to yet another new low of 0.5% as the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee took further action to combat deflationary pressures.  

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