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Annuity rates increase by 3% in Q1

Retirement

Annuity rates increase by 3% in Q1

The latest MGM Advantage Annuity Index reveals average annuity rates increased by 3% in the first quarter of the year, the first increase in annuity rates for two years.

09 Apr 2013

Sesame Bankhall specialist lending division adds Shawbrook to panel

Sesame Bankhall specialist lending division adds Shawbrook to panel

Sesame Bankhall Specialist Lending Services has today announced the addition of Shawbrook Bank’s commercial and short term lending products to its wide range of available propositions.

09 Apr 2013

Source Insurance appointed as preferred supplier to Julian Harris network

Protection

Source Insurance appointed as preferred supplier to Julian Harris network

Source Insurance announced this week that they have been appointed as a preferred supplier of general insurance to the Julian Harris network.

09 Apr 2013

Advisers doubt active managers' ability to outperform

Savings & Investments

Advisers doubt active managers' ability to outperform

Nearly one in three investment advisers are not confident active fund managers can consistently outperform indices over five years, research by housing investment and shared equity mortgage provider Castle Trust shows.

09 Apr 2013

Sandringham appoint MGM Advantage to panel

Retirement

Sandringham appoint MGM Advantage to panel

Sandringham Financial Partners has appointed MGM Advantage to provide both investment-linked and enhanced annuity products via its annuity service.

08 Apr 2013

IMLA: Government must avoid double standards over Help To Buy mortgages

Mortgages

IMLA: Government must avoid double standards over Help To Buy mortgages

The IMLA has called on the Government to ensure the recently announced Help To Buy mortgage guarantee scheme does not cause confusion in the housing market by creating double standards or distorting lender competition.

08 Apr 2013

Financial Reporter Industry Awards 2013 - winners announced

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Financial Reporter Industry Awards 2013 - winners announced

Financial Reporter, the financial news publisher and e-marketing solutions provider, are pleased to announce the winners of its prestigious awards for 2013 after an excellent response from the industry.

08 Apr 2013

ASTL to hold inaugural conference for bridging & short term lenders

ASTL to hold inaugural conference for bridging & short term lenders

The Association of Short Term Lenders is to hold its inaugural annual conference for bridging and short term lenders and for everyone associated with the short term lending industry.

08 Apr 2013

L&G Investments cuts index fund charges to UK advisers

Savings & Investments

L&G Investments cuts index fund charges to UK advisers

Legal & General Investments has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK index fund market by cutting charges on a number of its index funds by five basis points (0.05%), a reduction of up to 25% on the previous annual management charge.

08 Apr 2013

Short leasehold terms leave 1.43m homeowners at risk

Legal

Short leasehold terms leave 1.43m homeowners at risk

Up to 1.43 million homes in England and Wales are at risk from shortening leasehold terms – threatening borrowers and lenders with negative equity – according to research released this morning by surveyors e.surv.

08 Apr 2013

 

Blacks Connect launches free buyer protection

Legal

Blacks Connect launches free buyer protection

Blacks Connect has launched a valuable new benefit to brokers and their clients, with an insurance policy that reimburses many of the costs of moving home if the purchase falls through.

08 Apr 2013

SMS launches exclusive HMO product

Mortgages

SMS launches exclusive HMO product

Solent Mortgage Services, the intermediary specialist lending distributor, has announced the launch of a new Buy to Let, HMO product in association with Melton Mowbray Building Society.

08 Apr 2013

Coventry reduces 2- and 5-year fixed rates

Mortgages

Coventry reduces 2- and 5-year fixed rates

Coventry Intermediaries has reduced rates on its highly competitive range of BTL 2 and 5 year fixed rates available at 65% LTV with low rates starting from 3.19%.

05 Apr 2013

James Bloom, Chief Executive of Regentsmead

In The Spotlight

James Bloom, Chief Executive of Regentsmead

This week, Financial Reporter had a chat with James Bloom at Regentsmead.

05 Apr 2013

Halifax launches 2.69% five year fix

Mortgages

Halifax launches 2.69% five year fix

Halifax has today launched a new 5 year fixed rate mortgage at a rate of 2.69%, further strengthening its support to the UK housing market.

05 Apr 2013

Property can be a lucrative investment for IFAs, says Hornbuckle Mitchell

Savings & Investments

Property can be a lucrative investment for IFAs, says Hornbuckle Mitchell

Investing pensions in commercial property can be a great deal more lucrative for Financial Advisers than may first appear, says Hornbuckle Mitchell.

05 Apr 2013

Shawbrook streamlines commercial lending process

Shawbrook streamlines commercial lending process

Shawbrook Bank’s commercial lending team has announced that it can produce an Indicative Mortgage Offer without the need for a signed application form, in line with the bank’s continued commitment to efficient processes and service.

05 Apr 2013

Metro Bank reduces residential rates

Mortgages

Metro Bank reduces residential rates

Metro Bank today announces a refresh of its residential mortgage range, reducing prices by up to 50bps.

04 Apr 2013

Rise of D2C seen as biggest challenge to protection market

Protection

Rise of D2C seen as biggest challenge to protection market

New research from Avelo, financial services technology solutions provider, has revealed that well over a third (42%) of intermediaries see the rise of D2C propositions as the biggest challenge currently facing the protection market.

04 Apr 2013

Aldermore cuts rates by up to 0.6% on BTL and residential

Mortgages

Aldermore cuts rates by up to 0.6% on BTL and residential

Aldermore has reduced its rates on the following buy-to-let and residential mortgage products.

04 Apr 2013

Rental portfolios increase as tenant demand rises, says Paragon

Mortgages

Rental portfolios increase as tenant demand rises, says Paragon

Research by Paragon Mortgages has revealed that landlords’ average portfolio size increased during the first quarter of 2013.

03 Apr 2013

Britons say mortgages are most accessible in 5 years

Mortgages

Britons say mortgages are most accessible in 5 years

According to recent figures from the Building Societies Association, market confidence is on the rise and many potential buyers are beginning to reassess the likelihood of affording a home.

03 Apr 2013

Directlife launches screening process to improve protection conversion

Protection

Directlife launches screening process to improve protection conversion

Directlife, the UK’s leading protection products aggregator for advisers and online distributors, has today launched Quote+ the UK’s first universal application process for protection insurance products.

03 Apr 2013

Housing equity withdrawal down £8.6bn in Q4

Retirement

Housing equity withdrawal down £8.6bn in Q4

According the latest data from the Bank of England, housing equity withdrawal has declined with the Bank's measure of HEW in Q4 of last year at -£8.6bn.

03 Apr 2013

Mortgage payments drop by 21% in 5 years

Mortgages

Mortgage payments drop by 21% in 5 years

The average annual mortgage payment has fallen by £950 (21%) over the past five years from £4,521 in 2008 to £3,571 in 2013, according to the latest research from Halifax.

03 Apr 2013

BoE figures show mortgage approvals down

Mortgages

BoE figures show mortgage approvals down

The latest figures from the Bank of England show that 51,653 mortgages were approved during February, down from 54,187 the month before.

02 Apr 2013

Tesco Bank launches new rates from 1.99%

Mortgages

Tesco Bank launches new rates from 1.99%

Tesco Bank has today announced competitive new mortgage rates across its range of mortgage products.

02 Apr 2013

Castle Trust HouSAs approved by Nucleus

Savings & Investments

Castle Trust HouSAs approved by Nucleus

Castle Trust’s innovative HouSAs have been approved for inclusion on wrap platform Nucleus in a major expansion of its distribution capability.

02 Apr 2013

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