Three reports suggesting that Brits not planning for retirement early enough

Recent reports are showing that people in the UK are just not planning appropriately or early enough for retirement. Three different reports conducted by different agencies are showing that people are not planning for their retirement until well into their 50’s and 60’s.

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Pension and insurance funds take new direction

With all the press surrounding the debt crisis in government, pension and insurance funds are seeking alternatives to government bonds. Palmer Capital is joining forces with a top renewable energy group in what is to be the UK’s first ever fund involved in the acquisition of solar energy farms.

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Britain’s Stock Market Plummets to Three Year Low

Just when it appeared that the economy was perhaps on its way back to pre-recession confidence, investors find new worries with the high rate of inflation and market volatility. In response, Lloyds TSB conducted a Private Banking survey to analyse investor sentiment. 

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China an Open Market for Health and Biotech Firms

According to the director of Dream Laboratory, Dr. Glen Kemp, there is great potential in the Chinese market for healthcare and biotech firms. Unfortunately, he feels that many UK businesses are reluctant to take the time to research the market. In his estimation, this is a grave mistake because the Chinese market is ripe.

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Foreclosures Give Rise to Buy-to-Let Mortgage Demand

Although the mortgage market is still substantially below what it was when the market was peaking in 2007, the Council of Mortgage Lenders recently stated that the market for buy-to-let mortgages is on the rise. Not only is a tight residential mortgage market cause for this increase in demand, but also the fact that many homeowners have been foreclosed upon and are seeking rental properties.

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North East of England Seeing Fewer Insolvent Takeovers

At the height of the debt crisis which peaked in 2009, the North East of England saw a record number of insolvent businesses being taken over by investors. Recently R3 commissioned Experian Corpfin to research insolvent company takeovers and those still distressed. Findings show that far fewer insolvent businesses are being taken over in the North East.

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Consumers reluctant to move from traditional savings accounts to beat inflation

British savers are missing out on the opportunities offered by a range of investments as they are more concerned with the security of their capital.  That’s the conclusion of a recent survey from F&C Investments which found that consumers are increasingly risk averse and are seeking guaranteed returns in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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