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Hung parliament tipped for next week's election

Move over Vince Cable, there’s a new face and voice of the Lib Dems. Nick Clegg is no longer ‘Nick who?’, the forgotten leader of the yellow party. 

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This week's top savings rates

The current top Isa rate from Santander is no longer available over the internet or telephone. You can only open the easy access cash Isa - Flexible Isa 2 - by going into a branch.

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The week that was (19/04 - 23/04/10)

It was by all accounts a trying week for London markets.

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The week ahead (26/04 - 30/04/10)

It's set to be another bumper week on the corporate calendar front, with a taste of everything to tantalise your investment palate.
 

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UK economic growth slows to 0.2 per cent

The UK economy continued on its slow recovery path in the first quarter although the growth rate was significantly weaker than forecast. 

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FSA gets tough with platforms

Investors are increasingly being encouraged to buy their investments via fund platforms, which act as convenient one-stop shops for dealing with a range of fund managers.However, investors are now being held to ransom by some p

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VCT fundraising rockets

Venture capital trusts (VCTs) are back in favour as fundraising picked up considerably in the 2009-10 tax year, following a disastrous spell last year.

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First-time buyers at lowest level for two decades

First-time buyer numbers have dropped below 350,000 for the first time in 20 years, making home ownership a distant prospect for millions. 
 

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Unemployment hits new high

Unemployment shot up to its highest level for 15 years in the three months to February with more than 2.5 million people out of work. 

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Goldman Sachs faces FSA as it unveils bumper profits

The City watchdog today launched a formal enforcement investigation into the Goldman Sachs fraud claims just hours before the Wall Street giant announced bumper profits.

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Inflation soars to 3.4 per cent

Inflation has sharply increased amid higher gas prices, the weak sterling and a number of retailers finally reinstating the full VAT rate.

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Fixed rates on bonds take a tumble

Returns on fixed-rate bonds have been falling with only a handful of providers offering 3 per cent or more fixed for the year.

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