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BARCLAYS STOCKBROKERS PREDICTS FURTHER STOCK MARKET RISES IN 2005

Barclays Stockbrokers believes that 2005 could provide modest returns from markets, as in 2004, but that significant gains from any asset classes will be hard to come by. Bond yields look likely to start the year between 4% and 5% and equities should give

Barclaycard to change card benefits

Barclaycard is to change the free card benefits available to cardholders following a review prompted by customer research and new industry regulation of general insurance products.

UK Homeowners Call On Government to Modernise Stamp Duty Laws

The Woolwich can today reveal that 79 per cent of homeowners think that stamp duty should be scrapped for first time buyers and 64 per cent also believe that the thresholds for stamp duty should be raised as house prices have more than doubled in the past five years.

Nelson Mandela Charitable Fund: Barclays Becomes Lead Corporate Donor

Barclays Bank PLC is to be the lead corporate donor to a new Trust established by Nelson Mandela in the UK to provide long term sustainable funding for his good works in South Africa and on the African continent. The news was announced during 86-year old Mr Mandela’s visit to London.

IHT NO LONGER RICH MAN’S TAX BUT THREE-QUARTERS DO NOT KNOW THRESHOLD

Despite being one of the most criticised forms of taxation, new research by Barclays reveals that almost three quarters of those questioned were unable to correctly identify the current IHT threshold: over 50 per cent had no idea what the current IHT threshold is and a further 23 per cent gave an incorrect figure.