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Leeds withdraws 4% monthly income bond

Retirement

Leeds withdraws 4% monthly income bond

Leeds Building Society will withdraw its unique long-term fixed rate monthly income bond, paying a guaranteed return of 4% for 10 years, with effect from close of business today.

10 Dec 2013

Cost of DB pension schemes 'stifling' business investment

Retirement

Cost of DB pension schemes 'stifling' business investment

Seven out of ten businesses say the cost of running a defined benefits (DB) pension scheme is stifling their investment intentions, with eight out of ten manufacturers saying it is affecting their plans.

10 Dec 2013

Experian partners with Circle Housing Circle 33 to tackle sub-letting offences

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Experian partners with Circle Housing Circle 33 to tackle sub-letting offences

Experian, the global information services provider, has today announced details of its partnership with Circle Housing Circle 33 to detect, prevent and tackle social housing tenancy fraud across its entire 8,400 general needs housing stock.

10 Dec 2013

'Unbridled housing boom' unlikely in 2014 says CML

Mortgages

'Unbridled housing boom' unlikely in 2014 says CML

The housing and mortgage markets look set to continue to show greater levels of activity in 2014, according to the latest forecasts from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

10 Dec 2013

Legal & General passes 500,000 automatic enrolments

Retirement

Legal & General passes 500,000 automatic enrolments

Legal & General has auto enrolled over a half a million new members (525,000) into company pension schemes since staging commenced in October last year.

09 Dec 2013

Regulatory change needed for annuities, says panel

Retirement

Regulatory change needed for annuities, says panel

The Financial Services Consumer Panel today publishes the findings of its research into the consumer experience of purchasing an annuity, which shows that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers.

09 Dec 2013

NatWest slashes rates on fixed rate products

Mortgages

NatWest slashes rates on fixed rate products

NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be reducing the rates on a number of its fixed rate residential deals tomorrow.

09 Dec 2013

Capita exit from SIPP administration should be warning for advisers

Retirement

Capita exit from SIPP administration should be warning for advisers

Xafinity is urging financial advisers to include within their due diligence process a risk rating based on the possibility of their chosen provider exiting the self invested pensions market in the coming 18 months.

09 Dec 2013

Help to Buy 2 is benefiting FTBs despite criticism, says Connells Group

Mortgages

Help to Buy 2 is benefiting FTBs despite criticism, says Connells Group

Initial indications suggest that Help to Buy 2 is benefiting home buyers who most need it according to Connells Group Mortgage Services.

09 Dec 2013

Aviva enhances CI cover to increase number of claims paid

Protection

Aviva enhances CI cover to increase number of claims paid

Aviva has enhanced its critical illness cover, with a focus on changes which will make the biggest difference to its customers.

09 Dec 2013

 

Virgin launches Help to Buy mortgages ahead of schedule

Mortgages

Virgin launches Help to Buy mortgages ahead of schedule

Virgin Money has today announced the launch of new 95% and 90% LTV residential mortgages as part of the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, several weeks ahead of schedule.

09 Dec 2013

Confusion over Help to Buy 2 could be hindering housing market

Mortgages

Confusion over Help to Buy 2 could be hindering housing market

Two months on from the introduction of the Help to Buy scheme, new research from Rightmove reveals confusion about the scheme is widespread and more needs to be done to help deliver a bottom-up recovery to a healthy housing market.

06 Dec 2013

Shawbrook launches new 5 year bond at 3.20%

Savings & Investments

Shawbrook launches new 5 year bond at 3.20%

Following the success of previous Shawbrook 5-year fixed rate bonds, a new issue has been launched by the Bank today at a market leading rate of 3.20% Gross/AER.

06 Dec 2013

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As confidence returns to the Property Market, bolstered by recent reports in the media, there may be a thought that mortgage brokers can finally relax.

06 Dec 2013

Lack of finance holds property professionals back, master broker finds

Lack of finance holds property professionals back, master broker finds

A recent survey by Vantage Private Finance has revealed that while confidence in the property market is growing among professionals in the industry, the vast majority believe access to finance is still holding them back.

06 Dec 2013

UTB hires solicitor to enhance bridging team

UTB hires solicitor to enhance bridging team

United Trust Bank has hired banking lawyer William Gould for its Bridging Division. William’s appointment will enable the Bank to further develop its service, in particular with regard to providing complex structured loans.

06 Dec 2013

House prices see ninth monthly increase

Mortgages

House prices see ninth monthly increase

House prices in the three months to October were 1.6% higher than in the previous quarter (May-July), according to the latest house price data from Halifax.

06 Dec 2013

West Brom launches range of two-year fixes

Mortgages

West Brom launches range of two-year fixes

The West Brom is launching a new two year fixed rate mortgage range targeted at first time buyers and those seeking to move up the property ladder, available from tomorrow.

05 Dec 2013

Autumn Statement: Osborne promises measures to encourage affordable housing

Mortgages

Autumn Statement: Osborne promises measures to encourage affordable housing

Amid fears over the supply of housing, George Osborne today announced measures that aim to stimulate housebuilding in the UK.

05 Dec 2013

Autumn Statement: State pension age to be raised to 69

Retirement

Autumn Statement: State pension age to be raised to 69

During the Autumn Statement today, George Osborne today announced that an increase in the state pension age to 68 in the mid 2030s and to 69 in the late 2040s would be 'fair', citing increased life expectancy.

05 Dec 2013

Autumn Statement: Aldermore Bank to join Help to Buy scheme

Mortgages

Autumn Statement: Aldermore Bank to join Help to Buy scheme

British challenger bank Aldermore will be launching its Help to Buy mortgage guarantee range under the Government’s scheme on Monday 16 December, as announced by the Chancellor George Osborne during today’s Autumn Statement.

05 Dec 2013

Home lending 34% higher year-on-year

Mortgages

Home lending 34% higher year-on-year

The number of loans advanced to homebuyers in November climbed above 70,000 for the first time since January 2008, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor from e.surv.

05 Dec 2013

2014 could see some bridging lenders fail, says Fincorp

2014 could see some bridging lenders fail, says Fincorp

2014 will see lenders in the bridging market start to consolidate and could even see some lenders go to the wall, predicts Fincorp.

05 Dec 2013

Brightstar Financial creates specialist commercial lending division for 2014

Brightstar Financial creates specialist commercial lending division for 2014

Brightstar Financial, the intermediary hub for specialist lending, has appointed Rob Collins to head up a separate division dedicated to the commercial finance sector after a hugely successful year for commercial business in 2013.

05 Dec 2013

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

Councils are warning that Treasury restrictions on what each council can invest in housing are severely hampering their ability to tackle the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis.

04 Dec 2013

Crystal Mortgages announces lower bridging rates

Crystal Mortgages announces lower bridging rates

Crystal Mortgages has negotiated a new selection of commercial bridging loans which mark the second rate reductions this year, placing the products among the forefront of the market.

04 Dec 2013

SML completes Masthaven's biggest secured deals to date

SML completes Masthaven's biggest secured deals to date

Smart Money Loans has announced the completion of the largest loans yet for Masthaven Secured Loans.

04 Dec 2013

Crowdfunding platform breaks record with £2m investment in one week

Savings & Investments

Crowdfunding platform breaks record with £2m investment in one week

Seedrs has secured more than £2m of investment via its own platform, setting a new world record for the most equity raised via an equity crowdfunding site.

04 Dec 2013

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