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We might wish that this change wasn't necessary, but understand that under EU law and as a reflection of the strength of the UK economy it is.

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michael moore
michael moore 02 Jul 2015

So 2 options to deal with the loss: First use some of the 1.4BN fine income or secondly put up industry fees which subsequently then have to be recovered from client fee income increases followed by the...

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Looking ahead, our chief concern is that UK mortgage borrowers face another wave of changes headed their way in the shape of the Mortgage Credit Directive.

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Buyers already struggle post the Mortgage Market Review now that lending is more conservative and it's unlikely that with house prices still rising in many places the Government would allow anything that...

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Long deferral and clawback will in some cases be essential to ensuring that rewards are more closely aligned to the maturity of the risk.

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Today's announcement from Legal & General is another important milestone as the equity release industry continues to shift into a higher gear.

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One thing is for sure, regulation is coming and the market two or three years from now is likely to be a very different one.

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We do not view this increase as a short term phenomenon - with interest rates unlikely to be hiked, and consumer finances improving, growth should continue into the second half of 2015.

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If, as this report suggests, the extent of the drop-off in annual prices between March and April is due to the price slowdown in London, this underlines quite powerfully the extent to which the capital...

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Encouragingly for first-time buyers they are paying less to service their mortgage than at any time since 2005 when the CML started measuring this.

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The proposed valuation changes are broadly helpful for SIPP operators as they’ll reduce the amount of work required each quarter.

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The latest indicators of economic activity have shown growth continuing, although the second estimate of GDP growth for the first quarter held the initial estimate of just 0.3% growth.

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In the Spotlight with Steve Wilkie, Responsible Equity Release

We spoke to Steve Wilkie, managing director at Responsible Equity Release, about the impact of MMR on the market and the myths of equity release. Read more

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