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House prices slide again

House prices continued to fall in June wiping out earlier gains made this year. The average house price in the UK is now £166,203, around £2,500 less than the figure at the start of 2010.

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Interest rates held at 0.5 per cent

Interest rates were kept on hold once again in July despite high inflation proving to be a sticky issue for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
 

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Sipp charges fall by 11 per cent

Self-invested personal pension fees for most fund sizes have fallen by up to 11 per cent over the past three years.

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Public sector pensions 'need radical reform'

Public sector pensions are in need of urgent reform and are twice as valuable than originally thought, the Public Sector Pensions Commission has revealed.

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BP enters talks in Middle East

BP's embattled chief executive Tony Hayward has flown to Abu Dhabi to meet with business partners just days after speculation the firm is seeking investment partners in the region as it battles rocketing clean-up costs.

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Where next for stock markets?

Investors have had a tough time reading the markets of late with the volatility of recent weeks sweeping many off their feet.

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Annual living costs rise to £14,400

A single person now needs a minimum yearly income of £14,400 (before tax) to afford an acceptable standard of living, says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

A couple with two children, require £29,200 per year.

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No compensation for Bradford & Bingley shareholders

Almost a million former shareholders in Bradford & Bingley who were left nursing heavy losses when the bank was nationalised will not get any compensation.

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Alliance & Leicester pulls its top savings account

Alliance & Leicester has withdrawn its Online Saver 7 from sale. The rate at 2.81 per cent before tax (2.25 per cent after tax) made it one of the most attractive internet deals on the market.

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BP oil spill costs pass £3 billion mark

BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill costs have hurtled past the $3 billion mark as it admitted Hurricane Alex had put its latest clean-up efforts on hold.

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The week ahead (05/07 - 09/07/10)

There's no summer holiday lined up on the corporate calendar this coming week, with plenty for investors to get their teeth into.
 

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Ocado and Fairfield Energy IPOs under the spotlight

Despite the fact that a host of factors militate against private investors gaining access to the first stage of initial public share offers (IPOs), there are still occasional opportunities for ordinary mortals to get an early f

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