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Natwest and Barclays limit how much they will lend to homebuyers

Mortgage borrowers have been dealt another blow after two major banks heavily restricted how much they will lend to homebuyers.  The High Street giants have introduced new caps on loan sizes. Barclays has limited loans to just 4.49 times someone’s income – down from five-and-a-half times previously.  Borrowers were given …

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Mortgage blow as banks apply loans squeeze

Mortgage borrowers have been dealt another blow after two major banks heavily restricted how much they will lend to homebuyers.  The High Street giants have introduced new caps on loan sizes. Barclays has limited loans to just 4.49 times someone’s income – down from five-and-a-half times previously.  Borrowers were given …

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Brexit talks, ECB meeting, Japan leadership race

Brexit talks resume this Tuesday as the EU and the UK enter the final phase of negotiations that both sides accept need to be wrapped up by the end of October if a deal is to be in place for when the post-Brexit transition period expires at the end of …

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ECB should ignore latest central bank inflation fad

As dedicated followers of fashion, European central bankers have also been following the intellectual trends set by others. When inflation targeting was in vogue in the 1990s, the European Central Bank adopted the new regime and became a paid-up subscriber to the economic theory that lay behind it. Inflation targeting …

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The Fed risks higher inflation to boost jobs

The writer is chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management The new framework for US monetary policy announced at the Jackson Hole symposium in August is a watershed event, for both the practice of macroeconomic policy, and the theory that lies behind it. With markets beginning to doubt whether the Federal Reserve …

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Will the ECB’s Lagarde try to talk down the euro?

The euro’s rapid rise in recent months has set alarm bells ringing at the European Central Bank, with its policymakers worrying that the currency’s strength is holding back the bloc’s economy and dragging down prices. After ECB officials voiced those concerns last week, the euro retreated after briefly touching a …

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