Amid falling real estate prices, one of the largest stories to come out of the Spanish property market in 2012 was the proposal to introduce foreign residency permits for those purchasing property over 160,000 euros (£129,797 approximately). However, the impact this will have on the market as a whole could be contested and there is...

French property will continue to be an attractive prospect for investors going into 2013, with low mortgage rates and rising demand levels driving activity. Mortgage specialists French Private Finance claim that there has been renewed interest in the market of late, as buyers submit mortgage applications to take advantage of current ultra low...

OF MALAYSIA’S claims to fame, leadership in financial services is not an obvious one. Yet in some ways the country is the world’s most important Islamic-finance centre. Just over a fifth of the country’s banking system, by assets, is sharia-compliant; the average for Muslim countries is more like 12%, and often a lot less. Malaysia dominates the

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Could this be the best place in Britain to buy a property?

What's going for it? A consensus seems to be growing on property websites and blogs that (cue drum roll) Plymouth is now Officially The Optimum Place To Buy A Property In Britain. Boffins have worked out that this city has the best balance of bargains and pleasantness, and have drawn Venn...

Owners of Spanish property are still witnessing a downward spiral where the country's housing resale prices are concerned.

This is according to a new report compiled by Idealista.com, which analysed more than 320,000 resale properties across Spain in order to gain a comprehensive picture of the current market.

After gathering the information...

DUBAI doesn’t do discreet. The emirate welcomed in the new year with a huge fireworks display that engulfed the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in time to a live performance by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In a video that runs in the Burj Khalifa’s visitors’ centre, an executive at Emaar, the developer behind the skyscraper, expla

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Drop in total lending to individuals driven by £169m fall in the value of mortgages, Bank of England says

The amount of debt taken on by UK households fell by £0.1bn in November, with a decline in mortgage lending offsetting a small increase in other types of borrowing, according to figures from the Bank of England.

The reduction followed two months...

THE lights still burn late into the night at the offices of the “magic circle” of London’s biggest law firms, but they are now on in different bits of the building. The legions of transaction lawyers who worked late before the crisis drawing up merger contracts are home to tuck the children into bed. Yet even as a dearth of dealmaking has slowed on

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THE pressures on established stock exchanges are immense. Revenues from cash-equities trading are plunging amid fierce competition; the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) is in long-term decline; the opportunities for growth lie in the movement of derivatives onto exchanges. Exemplifying the trend, IntercontinentalExchange, an upstart

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