Economists say the approval slowdown supports predictions that house prices could decline by about 3% later this year. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA.
Ask 10 investors which share in the FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE: UKX) is the most reliable and you might get 10 different responses. Some might choose a utility company for its steady earnings stream.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Fundraisers gather as Goodman Masson broke the Guinness World Record of the largest gathering of 'Peter Pans' in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital at St Paul's Cathedral in August 2014.
Shareholders in ARM Holdings have overwhelmingly backed SoftBank's �24.3bn takeover offer in a vote held this afternoon, quelling cries from influential quarters that the deal should be blocked.
On each side of the Atlantic the siren songs of economic protectionism, nativism and populism are tempting politicians and voters, and testing the alliance's resilience, to an extent rarely seen in the post-1945 US-European relationship.