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BSA: mutuals play 'central role' in mortgage market, but beware choppy waters

Mortgages

BSA: mutuals play 'central role' in mortgage market, but beware choppy waters

Opening the 144th annual conference of the Building Societies Association in Harrogate tomorrow, BSA Chairman, David Webster will call on the Government to take the lead with a more holistic approach to the housing market.

08 May 2013

Increase in lifetime mortgage plans shows increased confidence in equity release

Retirement

Increase in lifetime mortgage plans shows increased confidence in equity release

Increased sales of equity release lifetime mortgage plans have increased the average amount released by a record 27% in the first three months of the year, analysis from Key Retirement Solutions shows.

08 May 2013

65% of adults struggling to save for retirement, says ERC research

Retirement

65% of adults struggling to save for retirement, says ERC research

Almost two-thirds (65%) of UK adults are unaware, unwilling or unable to address the financial challenges facing them in retirement, according to research by The Equity Release Council.

08 May 2013

Housing activity still subdued - but prices up 1.1% in April

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Housing activity still subdued - but prices up 1.1% in April

House prices in the latest three months (February-April) were 1.3% higher than in the previous three months, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

08 May 2013

Multi-generational mortgages to become the norm?

Mortgages

Multi-generational mortgages to become the norm?

The CML should be looking once more at lending terms to improve the affordability for borrowers and stimulate growth in the housing market, says Invest Connect.

07 May 2013

Why cheaper mortgage rates does not equal more loans

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Why cheaper mortgage rates does not equal more loans

Lending to homebuyers is on the up. But given mortgage rates are at record lows and banks have cheap access to credit, why isn’t house purchase lending even higher?

07 May 2013

Citizens' Advice Bureau calls for FCA action on payday lenders

Citizens' Advice Bureau calls for FCA action on payday lenders

In the results of its payday loan survey, the Citizens' Advice Bureau has criticised payday lenders for failing to comply with the 'Good customer practice charter' introduced by the Government last year.

07 May 2013

Survey reveals growing adviser interest in equity release

Retirement

Survey reveals growing adviser interest in equity release

There is a growing level of interest from advisers in the equity release sector and the solution it could potentially offer older clients, according to a survey conducted by Paradigm Mortgage Services, the mortgage services proposition.

07 May 2013

Latest pension reforms are 'ill-conceived', says deVere Group CEO

Retirement

Latest pension reforms are 'ill-conceived', says deVere Group CEO

Nigel Green, chief executive of the deVere Group, is speaking out in response to the news that the government plans to scrap claims on contributions made by one’s spouse under the married person’s allowance, from 2016.

07 May 2013

Over £1bn invested in ISAs via funds over last 12 months

Savings & Investments

Over £1bn invested in ISAs via funds over last 12 months

The Investment Management Association today publishes its monthly authorised investment fund statistics for March 2013:

03 May 2013

 

Berkeley Alexander has status as preferred GI supplier for Julian Harris renewed

Protection

Berkeley Alexander has status as preferred GI supplier for Julian Harris renewed

Wholesale insurance intermediary Berkeley Alexander is delighted to announce its renewed status as a preferred supplier of general insurance to the Julian Harris Network.

03 May 2013

Protecting the consumer

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Protecting the consumer

I have spent all morning working out how to drop this line into my latest blog... 'This month, we won our 2nd industry award inside six months.'

03 May 2013

Insolvency drops to four-year low

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Insolvency drops to four-year low

Figures published today by the Insolvency Service show that company liquidations in England and Wales in the first quarter of this year were down 5.3% on the previous quarter and down 15.8% on the same quarter in 2012.

03 May 2013

Hinckley & Rugby reintroduces two mortgages to range

Mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby reintroduces two mortgages to range

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has reintroduced two mortgages to its range – a five year fix and a fee-free lifetime discount.

03 May 2013

Leeds reduces first time buyer mortgage by up to 0.50%

Mortgages

Leeds reduces first time buyer mortgage by up to 0.50%

Leeds Building Society has reduced the rate on its 5 Year Fixed Rate Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS) mortgage by 0.50%, to 4.99%, which is available up to 95% LTV.

02 May 2013

Virgin Money new launched fixed rate savings account

Savings & Investments

Virgin Money new launched fixed rate savings account

Virgin Money has launched a new range of fixed rate cash ISAs and a range of fixed rate cash bonds.

02 May 2013

J.P. Morgan says opportunity in core infrastructure too good to last

Savings & Investments

J.P. Morgan says opportunity in core infrastructure too good to last

J.P. Morgan Asset Management asserts that while investors are drawn to infrastructure, early movers are likely to enjoy outsized capital appreciation as the demand for infrastructure assets grows.

02 May 2013

Central London solicitor added to Broker Conveyancing panel

Legal

Central London solicitor added to Broker Conveyancing panel

Broker Conveyancing, the broker-focused conveyancing distributor, has today added Cavendish Legal Group to its solicitor firm panel.

02 May 2013

Paradigm Mortgage Services named Metro Bank distributor

Mortgages

Paradigm Mortgage Services named Metro Bank distributor

Metro Bank selects Paradigm Mortgage Services, the mortgage services proposition, as its new directly authorised and network intermediary distribution partner

02 May 2013

Brightstar pilots Prestige's large loan product

Brightstar pilots Prestige's large loan product

Brightstar Financial’s secured loans division is the first of Prestige Finance’s key distribution partners to pilot its large loan product and initial feedback from intermediaries has been very positive, according to Director, Bradley Moore.

02 May 2013

CML members commit to help interest-only customers avoid a shock

Mortgages

CML members commit to help interest-only customers avoid a shock

The Council of Mortgage Lenders today confirms that it is working closely with the FCA and with CML members, who will be stepping up their communications to borrowers with interest-only mortgages.

02 May 2013

FCA publishes findings of interest-only mortgage review

Mortgages

FCA publishes findings of interest-only mortgage review

The Financial Conduct Authority has published its research into consumers' ability to repay their interest-only mortgages when they mature.

02 May 2013

Govt initative means amateur landlords must 'raise their game'

Mortgages

Govt initative means amateur landlords must 'raise their game'

Seismic change changes are expected in the private rented sector of the housing market following the Government announcement about connecting investors with opportunities for long term investment in the sector.

01 May 2013

Building society mortgage approvals hit a record level

Mortgages

Building society mortgage approvals hit a record level

Building society mortgage approvals now account for 29% of total approvals, the highest level in at least a decade.

01 May 2013

AOBP welcomes four new Affiliate Associates

AOBP welcomes four new Affiliate Associates

Since the beginning of the year, the Association of Bridging Professionals has seen a notable surge in its Affiliate Associate tier, with four new members having joined within the last two months.

01 May 2013

Keystone BTL introduces 5-year fixes from 4.88%

Mortgages

Keystone BTL introduces 5-year fixes from 4.88%

Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has comprehensively improved its offering with new products, rate and fee reductions, and criteria and service enhancements.

01 May 2013

Masthaven makes significant changes to secured range

Masthaven makes significant changes to secured range

Masthaven Secured Loans have today announced significant enhancements to its product range, effective from today.

01 May 2013

Mortgage Trust launches five limited edition products

Mortgages

Mortgage Trust launches five limited edition products

Sister company of Paragon Mortgages, Mortgage Trust, is launching two new two year fixes - for purchase or remortgage - with rates of 3.79% with a 1.5% product fee and 4.25% with a fixed fee of £995.

01 May 2013

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