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    Al Rayan Bank announces £1.2m profit

    Al Rayan Bank, formerly known as Islamic Bank of Britain, has today announced its strongest financial performance to date, resulting in the bank more than doubling its operating income and posting its first profit since its inception in 2004. Read more

  • FSE Manchester announces Shawbrook Academy

    Financial Services Expo Manchester, the premier exhibition for the financial services industry in the North of England, has today announced the line-up for the Shawbrook Bank Academy which will host a number of seminars focused on the specialist lending market. Read more

  • Prudential trebles income drawdown sales in Q1

    Prudential's income drawdown sales nearly trebled to £14 million in Q1, while individual pensions sales increased by 125% to £27 million, both driven by the expanding market for flexible retirement income and pension products following the reforms. Read more

  • Secured lending at five-year high

    Secured lending grew by 13.7% in March, equating to £75.5m of second charge mortgages according to the latest Enterprise Finance Secured Loan Index. Read more

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Stephen Johnson: When it comes to Central London, keep one eye on May

An area of concern bubbling to the surface these past nine months has been the drifting values of the prime and central London property market.

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An area of concern bubbling to the surface these past nine months has been the drifting values of the prime and central London property market.

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The FCA dictates, rightly, that a broker has to give advice on the right product for each client’s circumstances and attitude to risk, but what chance does a poor broker have of advising a client appropriately...

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Based on these figures, arguably the mortgage market may need a jump start to get things moving again after this period of political unpredictability.

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While the latest Nationwide and Halifax house price indices indicated positive momentum in the housing market, the Land Registry records a decline in prices in March, suggesting the picture is rather more...

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Even with the most recent dip, the UK grew at the fastest pace of all the G7 countries over the last year.”

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Despite the government initiatives currently on offer, both gross mortgage borrowing and house purchase approvals in March remain down from last year.

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incompetent regulators

The FOS staff are nuts. It was only a short while ago the FOS was upholding complaints where endowments linked to mortgages went past the age of 65. It's about time a full independent investigation...

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Those at or nearing retirement age need options; until the age of 55 homeowners routinely remortgage to boost finances but after that point are increasingly restricted in their access to this – and other...

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Nicholas Grange-Bennett

I rember this guy at school, he was a few years below me. I was a House Prefect at the time and had to protect him from a bullying situation. I guess this would a bit out of my league now.

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It is encouraging to see that gross lending has climbed by 7% in the year to March, as the market begins to pick up after a slow start to the year.

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Buy-to-let is the real lending success story, seeing a huge improvement in terms of deals available, rates and relaxing of criteria since the downturn.

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TISA is working to develop the digital passport and we anticipate that a prototype will be ready later in the year. Financial services lags behind other industries in the use of technology to meet consumers’...

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In The Spotlight

In the Spotlight with Rob Jupp, Brightstar

We spoke to Rob Jupp, CEO at Brightstar, about the company's recent rebrand and the expansion of the specialist market. Read more


How to focus on the customer, not just the transaction

In recent years protection products, new business models and adviser client interaction have become more commoditised which has led to a more transactional type of relationship. Read more

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