It's our round-up of the stories your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the Bank Holiday weekend...
The gold standard is back in the news for the first time in 40 years, following plans by the US Republican Party to fix the dollar to gold prices. However, prices could hit $10,000 an ounce, according to Reuters.
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Claims management companies have turned their attentions to solar panels, according to the Guardian. The Ministry of Justice, that regulates firms, had previously promised to crack down on the firms.
Equities could be at historic lows compared to bonds and commodities. The adage of sell in May come back St Legers Day would have served investors poorly this year as prices rose, said the Independent.
The Telegraph reports the number of mortgages available to first-time buyers has plummeted by 75% over the last five years. Despite historically low interest rates, several lenders have recently raised their standard variable rates.
Sustainable funds investing in green energy are increasing in popularity, according to the Mail. Royal London, First State, Ecclesiastic and Rathbone all run ethical funds that have posted positive returns over a five year period.
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