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  1. July 19, 2014

    Most first-time home buyers since 2007

    The number of first-time homebuyers in the UK has reached its highest level since 2007 in spite of rising house prices....

  2. Money Supply

    June 26, 2014

    Live blog: Bank of England financial stability report

    This is the transcript of the Live Blog session ending at 11:56 on 26 Jun 2014.Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of...

  1. June 20, 2014

    Britain’s economic scars will outlast its long convalescence

    Admitting that you know too little about the state of the economy to make a confident decision about monetary policy might...

  2. FT Alphaville

    June 18, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville reminder: Requests to bring drones to the afterparty will be considered on an individual basis. (Details...

  3. June 17, 2014

    George Osborne ‘broke Treasury rules’ by introducing Help To Buy

    George Osborne broke his own department’s rules when introducing his flagship Help To Buy home ownership subsidy scheme, a...

  4. June 13, 2014

    Why the FPC should do nothing next week

    In May it was Mark Carney. Last week it was the EU. This week it’s the IMF. For all I know, next week Pope Francis could...

  5. June 13, 2014

    Lloyds backs housebuilder Pocket Living

    Lloyds Banking Group has joined London mayor Boris Johnson in backing a small housebuilder with an innovative, low-cost...

  6. June 12, 2014

    Chancellor defends Help to Buy

    The Help to Buy mortgage scheme has emerged unscathed after George Osborne resisted what he termed “ideological” critics who...

  7. Westminster Blog

    June 12, 2014

    Is this the moment Osborne admits there is a London housing bubble?

    Tonight is the annual speech by George Osborne to a City audience at Mansion House. We revealed this morning that the...

  8. June 9, 2014

    North of England sees big rise in plans for new homes

    Eight of the 10 areas in England with the largest increase in planning applications for residential property were in the...

  9. FT Alphaville

    June 3, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, ALPHAVILLE Buy some things in May and go where you will — no vol and the first May since 2009 that...

  10. June 3, 2014

    Brussels urges UK to take action on rising property prices

    Britain has been urged by the European Commission to tackle the rapid rise in property prices with measures such as reining...

  11. FT Alphaville

    May 30, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville, July 2: We guarantee it won’t rain*. Details here. Markets: Asia-Pacific equities are poised to finish the...

  12. May 29, 2014

    S Korean trade surplus reaches decade high

    Americas US: The economy contracted in the first quarter for only the second time since emerging from recession in 2009....

  13. May 29, 2014

    Help to Buy 2 not fuelling southeast boom, data suggest

    The second stage of the government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme is boosting sales in some of the slowest-growing...

  14. May 25, 2014

    Help to Buy hurts no one and lifts the fortunes of a needy few

    Bashing the Help to Buy scheme has become the new blood sport. But the misunderstandings are legion. The first phase of Help...

  15. May 23, 2014

    Golden hellos look like a tax on shareholders

    Andy Halford must have felt relieved on Tuesday as the market pasted Vodafone for results that unkind souls quickly labelled...

  16. May 21, 2014

    Cooling London’s housing market

    When house prices rise because people gorge themselves on debt, the ensuing recession tends to be particularly deep and...

  17. May 20, 2014

    Lloyds scales back high-risk home loans

    The UK’s biggest mortgage lender has clamped down on high-risk loans in London amid mounting fears that households in the...

  18. FT Alphaville

    May 20, 2014

    The governor's eyebrows: still functioning

    In his most forthright warning yet over the property market, Carney said policy makers “could do more” to tackle excesses if...

  19. FT Alphaville

    May 20, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Peace. Love. Higher Returns – Camp Alphaville, July 2. More information here. NHS...

  20. May 20, 2014

    David Cameron agrees house prices are biggest risk to UK recovery

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government will consider scaling back its Help to Buy mortgage support scheme if...

  21. Gavyn Davies

    May 18, 2014

    Britain's housing dilemma

    The UK’s very British economic recovery, dominated by London housing in particular and the consumer more generally,...

  22. May 15, 2014

    Private housebuilding starts in England increase by a third

    Private housebuilding in England has risen by more than a third since the introduction of the government’s Help to Buy...

  23. May 14, 2014

    Carney and the UK housing boom

    With one year to go before the next general election, David Cameron’s government is enjoying a remarkable rush of good news...

  24. May 13, 2014

    Ed Balls tells chancellor to curb Help to Buy to boost recovery

    George Osborne is endangering recovery by “washing his hands” of rising house prices and passing the buck to a Bank of...

  25. May 11, 2014

    Developers and lenders ply healthy trade without Help to Buy

    Telford Homes has, like many builders, been doing rather well of late. So well, in fact, that just 16 days into its current...

  26. May 11, 2014

    What are the government’s Help to Buy exit options?

    With so many voices clamouring for a rethink on stimulating the housing market, the chancellor is faced with five options....

  27. May 11, 2014

    UK not alone in seeing pressure on house prices

    Double digit house price rises, an OECD warning that the market needs cooling, concern about housing affordability – sound...

  28. May 11, 2014

    Former backers of Help to Buy tell Osborne it’s time to pull back

    George Osborne is coming under pressure to define how and when he will scale back Help to Buy subsidies, as fears grow that...

  29. May 7, 2014

    More deals available as Help to Buy scheme mitigates risk

    The government’s Help to Buy 2 scheme has led to a quadrupling of the number of mortgage products on offer to borrowers with...

  30. May 7, 2014

    Former chancellors warn of housing bubble danger

    Three former chancellors of the exchequer have urged George Osborne to rethink his Help to Buy programme, with the OECD also...

  31. May 7, 2014

    George Osborne faces growing calls to scale back Help to Buy

    In the next three years, George Osborne’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme aims to prop up almost a tenth of the...

  32. May 7, 2014

    UK Treasury was not Help to Buy’s only parent

    From the moment it was launched in the 2013 Budget, critics have attacked George Osborne’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantees...

  33. May 7, 2014

    First-time homeowners – in their forties

    Help to Buy has enabled Stephen and Joanne Nichol to become homeowners for the first time in their mid-forties, escaping...

  34. May 7, 2014

    Leeds offers 10-year Help to Buy mortgage

    Leeds Building Society has launched a “unique” range of mortgages with 10-year terms through the government’s Help to Buy...

  35. May 4, 2014

    BoE eyes moves to cool housing market

    The Bank of England is examining a number of politically controversial measures as it assesses whether to take action to...

  36. May 2, 2014

    Fears grow that Help to Buy is building up housing troubles

    Since Help to Buy was announced in March 2013, ministers have repeatedly promised that first-time buyers would be the big...

  37. May 2, 2014

    UK state set for £4.5bn Help to Buy profit

    George Osborne’s flagship Help to Buy equity loan scheme is poised to generate £4.5bn in profit for the government, making...

  38. May 2, 2014

    Q&A: What is Help to Buy?

    What is Help to Buy? Help to Buy is the latest government initiative aimed at giving private developers an incentive to...

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