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Is this the worst pension mis-selling case ever? Aviva knew this customer was ill

Telegraph Business - 17 hours 53 min ago
The firm had details of this woman's health and still sold her an annuity for someone in good health, losing her thousands of pounds







Categories: Economic News

Good schools push house prices up - Bracknell News

Google NZ House Prices - 17 hours 59 min ago

Good schools push house prices up
Bracknell News
HIGH quality schools have pushed up average house prices in Ascot by around 44 per cent. Share this image. Families searching for a good school have bumped up the prices of homes in the area as they're willing to pay a premium to get their children a top ...

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I spent £1,300 on a dating agency that had 'run out of men'

Telegraph Business - 18 hours 1 min ago
Aileen Edwards, 61, paid through the nose to be introduced to gentlemen she'd already found on Plentyoffish.com, a free dating website







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Revealed: Kevin McCloud's favourite house

Telegraph Property - 18 hours 53 min ago
The Grand Designs presenter says Jacob's Ladder is the only house in Britain that takes his breath away







Categories: Property

Revealed: Kevin McCloud's favourite house

Telegraph Business - 18 hours 53 min ago
The Grand Designs presenter says Jacob's Ladder is the only house in Britain that takes his breath away







Categories: Economic News

Shropshire house prices climb in the last year - shropshirestar.com

Google NZ House Prices - 18 hours 57 min ago

shropshirestar.com

Shropshire house prices climb in the last year
shropshirestar.com
Nationally, house prices are increasing less than half as fast as they were last summer, Nationwide said. At £189,454 on average in March, UK property values are 5.1 per cent higher than a year ago. The annual pace of house price growth has been slowing ...

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This is the future of savings - but you can profit today

Telegraph Business - 19 hours 5 min ago
Traditional cash Isas and bonds look set to be eclipsed by other, better-paying types of savings deals







Categories: Economic News

£4,500 stolen from two accounts: Halifax refunds, Nationwide refuses

Telegraph Business - 19 hours 16 min ago
Readers have contacted the Telegraph about bizarrely different policies at banks after fraudsters have taken their money







Categories: Economic News

Jim Slater: This is how I plan to profit from Crossrail

Telegraph Business - 19 hours 36 min ago
One stock is superbly positioned to benefit from the London market, says our renowned stock-picker







Categories: Economic News

NZ First Leader Winston Peters winning Northland by-election with most votes counted; National will need Dunne, Maori or NZ First to pass RMA

Interest.co.nz News - 19 hours 43 min ago
Short headline:  Winston wins Northland by-election

By Bernard Hickey

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has won the Northland by-election in a significant blow to the National Government.

Peters had 15,359 votes to National's Mark Osborne on 11,347, the Electoral Commission reported with 100% of the vote counted at 8.45 pm.

"We hope this result in Northland gives hope to hundreds of thousands of forgotten New Zealanders elsewhere that you can say: 'Enough is enough. We are not going to take any more of this neglect, that you can say: 'we are going to send you a message'," Peters said in his victory speech in a pub in Russell.

The by-election loss by National of a seat it won with a majority of 9,300 in 2014 is Prime Minister John Key's first election set-back in almost a decade since he was elected National leader in November 2006.

The loss came after a promise to spend up to NZ$69 million to build 10 new bridges in Northland, which was criticsed as a bribe, and after Key personally campaigned with Osborne to help him get elected.

Labour candidate Willow Jean Prime received just 1,315 votes after Leader Andrew Little suggested Labour voters 'send the Government' a message, which was seen as a nod and a wink to vote for Winston Peters.

It will also force National to rely on United Future Leader Peter Dunne, the Maori Party's two MPs or New Zealand First to pass contentious legislation, including Resource Management Act reforms.

National with 59 MPs still has the support on supply and confidence bills of Dunne, the Maori Party and ACT's David Seymour, but will have to find the support of two extra MPs to pass other bills, or oppose members bills, given New Zealand First will have 12 MPs, Labour has 32 and Green has 14.

Osborne rang to congratulate Peters. "It's been a tough night," he told media in KeriKeri.

National's campaign manager Steven Joyce would not agree it was a humiliation for the Government, describing the by-election result as a "unique set of circumstances."

John Key was not in Northland as he was travelling to attend the World Cup final. He has cancelled his regular weekly post-cabinet Monday news conference because of his attendance at the cricket.

'Tide turning on National'

Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei congratulated Peters and said she agreed with him that it would send a message to the Government.

“The tide has turned on National,” said Turei.

“This is a deeply embarrassing loss for National in a traditionally safe seat. The loss of Northland shows how out of touch the National Government has become with ordinary New Zealanders," she said.

“That John Key thought his bridge and broadband bribes would work in Northland just shows how out of touch he is with ordinary Kiwis. Hungry kids can’t eat bridges."

Peter Dunne did not congratulate Peters.

“It has a touch of old times about it – returning New Zealand to the governing arrangement with virtually the same number of seats held by National, UnitedFuture, the Māori Party and Act (63),that we had between 2011 and 2014," Dunne said.

“And then as now, New Zealand First is still irrelevant," he said.

The Green and United Future parties did not stand candidates in the by-election.

(Updated with picture, final results, reaction from Greens and Peter Dunne)

Categories: Economic News

How the Rio slums helped inspire a start-up revolution

Telegraph Business - 20 hours 5 min ago
The Agency, an initiative imported from Brazil's favelas allows young people from deprived inner-city areas develop business ideas that benefit their communities







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Back above water: Homeowners without equity a rarity as house prices rebound - OCRegister

Google NZ House Prices - 20 hours 5 min ago

OCRegister

Back above water: Homeowners without equity a rarity as house prices rebound
OCRegister
Is Irvine's Will Ferrell No. 1? Here are the top 6 actors from Orange County (and those who you thought were from O.C.) · 20 years after her death, Selena lives on through social media. Top news. Business ...

Alasdair Macleod: Central banks paralyzed at the zero bound

1:35p PHT Saturday, March 28, 2015

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GoldMoney research director Alasdair Macleod writes today that if, as seems likely, central banks can't risk normalizing interest rates, even the U.S. dollar will be pressured in the currency markets, with supportive implications for gold. Macleod's commentary is headlined "Central Banks Paralyzed at the Zero Bound" and it's posted at GoldMoney here:

http://www.goldmoney.com/research/analysis/central-banks-paralysed-at-th...

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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Koos Jansen: China's next gold announcement may be tied to SDR move this year

1:20p PHT Saturday, March 28, 2015

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Bullion Star market analyst and GATA consultant Koos Jansen today cites indications that the inclusion of the Chinese yuan in the International Monetary Fund's "special drawing rights" basket this year will be connected to China's announcement of a substantial increase in its gold reserves. Jansen notes statements of Chinese policy that gold acquisition is crucial to the country's economic development, and infers from those statements that China's next reserves announcement will claim more gold than Germany, the world's second-largest purported gold holder, but less reserves than the United States, the largest purported gold holder, even as surpassing the United States in gold reserves remains China's long-term objective. Jansen's analysis is headlined "When Will China Disclose Its True Official Gold Reserves and How Much Is It?" and it's posted at Bullion Star here:

https://www.bullionstar.com/blogs/koos-jansen/when-will-china-disclose-i...

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TV debates to be settled by ‘head punching contests’ say Broadcasters

News Biscuit - 22 hours 5 min ago
TV broadcasters have decided to ditch the debating format trialed in the 2010 election in which leaders debated policy and outlined pledges and will replace it instead with a series of ‘head punching contests’, confirmed Sue Inglish, Head of Political Programming at the BBC. The move has been welcomed by the right wing media who have long complained that a lefty liberal elite from north London have been allowed to set the tone for the forthcoming election. Right wing media groups say the election should not be settled by ‘some Islington pinko shirt lifter debating policies about EU membership or immigration’ but by two grown men punching each other in the face until one of them cries.
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Royal re-burials set to replace Bank Holidays

News Biscuit - 22 hours 5 min ago
In a move aimed at filling the gaps between naturally occurring Royal births and deaths, the government is planning to replace existing Bank Holidays with a programme of Royal re-burials.
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UKIP pledge to restore Marathon and Opal Fruits

News Biscuit - 22 hours 5 min ago
The UKIP Election Manifesto has pledged to restore the British Marathon and Opal Fruit brands as part of their campaign to reverse what they call a 'foreign conspiracy [to] ... rebrand all our beloved product names to things that sound stupid when we ask for them in a shop’.
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British Transport Police given ‘stop and spray’ powers of deodorisation

News Biscuit - 22 hours 5 min ago
‘The onset of summer traditionally heralds a network-wide rise in reports of grievous bodily odour and unprovoked attacks on the nasal passages of innocent passengers'.
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BBC to reintroduce homeless Stig into the wild

News Biscuit - 22 hours 5 min ago
Following the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson and the abrupt ending of Top Gear, the BBC have pledged they will help resident test driver The Stig and ensure he can rejoin the general public. "Some say he is every sign of the Zodiac, some say he appeared on the short lived £100 note but what we're all saying at the moment is that we need to help this man get re-assimilated into regular society," said a BBC spokeswoman.
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