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Savers hit again

Other actions introduced include the unveiling of a radical package of measures worth up to £170billion to help stimulate the economy. Crucially, the Bank of England forecasts Britain will narrowly miss falling into a recession along with a cut in its growth forecasts for the economy, predicting GDP growth of 0.8 per cent for next year. 

The Bank announced it is increasing its quantitative easing programme by printing £60billion more money to take the total to £435 billion since the banking crisis. Significantly, it also unveiled a radical £100 billion funding scheme for banks and a £10 billion corporate bond-buying scheme; decisions that the Monetary Policy Committee was divided on.  As part of the statement released, there is a forecast that unemployment will rise.

The new 0.25 per cent base interest rate spells good news for mortgage holders and other borrowers, but will heap further misery on savers, who have suffered from the long-term low rates. The previous interest rate level of 0.5 per cent had remained since March 2009. The new lower rate could also hit sterling, with experts warning of a further devaluation which would mean higher costs for British holidaymakers and expats living in the Eurozone who are paid in sterling. 

Today’s cut in interest rates is the latest hit to savers, who have suffered more than 1,000 rate cuts during 2016 alone, it has been reported. That equates to around nine savings rates being chopped for every rate that has increased since the start of 2016. 

If you have savings lying stagnant in the UK it is surely worth an hour of your time to speak to a reputable financial adviser.

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Expats with regular savings encouraged by new buy-to-let offerings

Terraced HousesGood news for UK expats with regular savings; lenders are introducing more buy-to-let mortgages specially designed to provide for the needs and circumstances of British expats. Until now there has been a shortage of viable deals, despite the fact that demand has been, and continues to be, strong.

Surprisingly, it is not expats from traditional destinations such as France and Spain who are likely to be the main customers of the buy-to-let deals. The United Arab Emirates and Dubai are reported to be the major markets for UK expat buy-to-let mortgages.

However, the mortgages will not be available to all expats. For example, expats resident in Australia, South Africa, Kenya and 89 other countries will be ineligible to borrow from the main provider, Skipton, and as such will have to look elsewhere before using their expat regular savings to make a buy-to-let investment.

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Making Sense of 2018 Spanish Budget

Spanish FlagThe new Spanish budget came into force on 6 July. It was a long time in the making. At the end of May Spanish parliament finally approved the government’s 2018 budget following support from the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), bringing to an end fears that the long-delayed budget would ever receive the required level of support, particularly in light of the delicate situation in Catalonia.

“Far from constituting a blank cheque to the PP [People’s Party) government, this decision allows the PNV to maintain its capacity of political influence in order to contribute to a dialogue and a solution in Catalonia,” the PNV said.

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