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The assets to buy now – April 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

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UK house price indices

The Halifax and Nationwide indices are based on each lender's mortgage approvals, and exclude cash sales. Both are 'seasonally-adjusted', reflecting the fact that the market is slower in winter and busier in spring.

The Rightmove index is based on sellers' initial asking prices, not transaction prices.

The DCLG (Dept for Communities and Local Government) index is based on data relating to the overall housing market, including house prices, mortgages, transactions and land prices.

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New house-price hotspots

Central London houses continue to draw premium prices, which in turn has created property hotspots in the southeast. Natalie Stanton reports.

Yet another blow for buy-to-let

The buy-to-let sector has continued to come under pressure after the Bank of England’s regulatory arm expressed concerns.

The assets to buy now – April 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

Looking for a buy-to-let property? Wait until 2019

Despite the drawbacks, buy-to-let property is still very popular. But if you want lower prices and higher yields, says Merryn Somerset Webb, put off buying for a few years.

Yet another snub for buy-to-letters

Last week’s Budget contained yet more bad news for the buy-to-let sector. Big landlords will now be subject to the new “second home” stamp duty surcharge of three percentage points.

Investing in property: Are holiday lets worth the slog?

With buy-to-let property becoming less and less appealing, landlords are hunting around for other options – such as holiday lets. But are they worth it?

London’s tumbling house prices

The heyday for London’s high-end developers looks to be grinding to a halt, says Natalie Stanton.

Help-to-Buy Isas: the new way to give your child a leg up on the property ladder

Paying into a Help-to-Buy Isa could give a first-time buyer a sizeable sum towards the deposit on their first house.

Warning signs flash red in the capital's housing market

There’s one area that may be flashing a warning sign for the rest of London’s red hot housing market, says Matthew Partridge – new-builds.

The assets to buy now – March 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes

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