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House price growth recovers with 0.6% rise: Nationwide

House price growth recovers with 0.6% rise: Nationwide

House prices rose by 0.6% in August, taking the annual growth rate in property prices to 5.6% and the average house price to £206,145, according to the latest Nationwide house price index.

31 Aug 2016

Home insurance premiums remain flat as competition increases

Home insurance premiums remain flat as competition increases

Home insurance price rises are beginning to slow, with increased competition limiting annual price rises to just 1.6% and taking average costs to £119.

30 Aug 2016

Leeds BS appoints head of IT Risk from HSBC

Leeds BS appoints head of IT Risk from HSBC

Leeds Building Society has appointed a new lead for its IT Risk and Governance team.

30 Aug 2016

A third of 45-54s say mortgage costs prevent retirement saving

A third of 45-54s say mortgage costs prevent retirement saving

93% of those aged 45 to 54 say they face barriers to saving, or saving more, towards retirement, according to Aegon research.

30 Aug 2016

Number of IP policies increases for first time since 2007

Number of IP policies increases for first time since 2007

The number of individual income protection policies has increased for the first time since 2007, which ABI says "shows promising growth in income protection market".

30 Aug 2016

BoE: mortgage approvals fall to 18-month low

BoE: mortgage approvals fall to 18-month low

The number of mortgage approvals stood at 60,912 in July, lower than June's total of 64,766 and the average of 68,775 over the previous six months, according to the latest Bank of England Money and Credit Report.

30 Aug 2016

Advisers predict post-Brexit business surge

Advisers predict post-Brexit business surge

Over half of financial advisers are expecting an increase in the number of clients seeking specific Brexit-related financial planning advice, according to Prudential research.

30 Aug 2016

Kuflink appoints Barry Meeks as Independent NED

Kuflink appoints Barry Meeks as Independent NED

Kuflink has announced the appointment of Barry Meeks, as Independent Non-Executive Director.

30 Aug 2016

'Bank of Mum and Dad' willing to fund FTBs onto property ladder

'Bank of Mum and Dad' willing to fund FTBs onto property ladder

Over a quarter of parents say they would consider funding other people’s children onto the property ladder in exchange for a return on their investment.

30 Aug 2016

BoE Chief Economist: investing in property is better than a pension

BoE Chief Economist: investing in property is better than a pension

Bank of England Chief Economist, Andy Haldane has said that property is a better investment for retirement than a pension.

30 Aug 2016

 

Shine a light on mental health

Shine a light on mental health

The fight to end mental health stigma was given the ‘royal seal of approval’ in May when, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, launched the ‘Heads Together’ campaign. This comes at a time of growing awareness of mental health issues and an acknowledgement from the Government that more needs to be done to ensure mental wellbeing; at the beginning of the year, the Government pledged a billion pound investment as part of a ‘revolution in mental health treatment’.

29 Aug 2016

In the Spotlight with Harriet Smith, Borro

In the Spotlight with Harriet Smith, Borro

We spoke to Harriet Smith, Business Development Manager at Borro, about the impact of the referendum and the importance of technology post-MCD.

26 Aug 2016

Are mortgage brokers truly embracing second charge?

Are mortgage brokers truly embracing second charge?

As a result of the European Mortgage Credit Directive, second charge mortgages are starting to become better known and make their mark in the mainstream market, but are mortgage brokers truly embracing second charge mortgages?

26 Aug 2016

FCA bans mortgage director but revokes £80,000 fine

FCA bans mortgage director but revokes £80,000 fine

The FCA has banned a mortgage broker from performing regulated activities due to dishonest conduct, but he has escaped a £80,000 fine due to "serious financial hardship".

26 Aug 2016

The Source announces GI Masterclass dates

The Source announces GI Masterclass dates

Source Insurance is taking GI masterclasses back on the road in October and November.

26 Aug 2016

Accord to move into consumer BTL and first-time landlord market

Accord to move into consumer BTL and first-time landlord market

Accord Buy to Let has announced plans to expand into the consumer buy-to-let and first-time landlord markets in the coming months.

26 Aug 2016

Santander launches 2.79% ten-year fix

Santander launches 2.79% ten-year fix

Santander has launched a range of fixed rate, low LTV products along with a high LTV first time buyer exclusive - a 90% LTV two-year fix at 2.44%.

26 Aug 2016

Hinckley & Rugby launches joint borrower sole proprietor range

Hinckley & Rugby launches joint borrower sole proprietor range

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering joint borrower sole proprietor mortgages in its residential and buy-to-let ranges.

26 Aug 2016

National Counties BS latest lender to cut SVR

National Counties BS latest lender to cut SVR

National Counties Building Society has confirmed that it will cut its Standard Variable Rate with effect from 25th September 2016.

26 Aug 2016

Quarterly GDP growth confirmed at 0.6%

Quarterly GDP growth confirmed at 0.6%

UK gross domestic product increased by 0.6% between Q1 and Q2 2016, unrevised from the ONS' preliminary estimate published on 27 July.

26 Aug 2016

L&G removes lifetime mortgage arrangement fees

L&G removes lifetime mortgage arrangement fees

Legal & General has removed the arrangement fee on its Flexible and Lump Sum lifetime mortgage products.

26 Aug 2016

ISA subscriptions fall as savings rates continue to dwindle

ISA subscriptions fall as savings rates continue to dwindle

Around 12.7 million Adult ISA accounts were subscribed to in 2015-16, down from 13.0 million subscribed to in 2014-15, according to HMRC's latest ISA statistics.

26 Aug 2016

Northern house price growth set to outpace the South

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Northern house price growth set to outpace the South

There has been a "marked slowdown" in house price growth over the last three months, led by a deceleration in London and other high value cities across the south of England, according to the latest Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index.

26 Aug 2016

Mansfield Building Society cuts SVR by 0.25%

Mansfield Building Society cuts SVR by 0.25%

Mansfield Building Society is reducing its Standard Variable Rate from 5.59% to 5.34% following the Bank of England's base rate cut.

25 Aug 2016

Aldermore appoints savings manager

Aldermore appoints savings manager

Aldermore has appointed Anna O'Connor as an Operations Manager in its savings business.

25 Aug 2016

Bricks shortage "significant factor" in house price growth

Bricks shortage "significant factor" in house price growth

A shortage of brick supply has been a contributing factor in rising house prices over the past decade, as growing demand continues to outstrip the availability of housing, according to the National Association of Estate Agents.

25 Aug 2016

Up to 30% using pension freedoms face tax shocks

Up to 30% using pension freedoms face tax shocks

People accessing their retirement savings are being caught out by unexpected taxes and welfare reductions, according to Citizens Advice.

25 Aug 2016

Pension freedoms, bank accounts and Lamborghinis

Pension freedoms, bank accounts and Lamborghinis

A new report published today by Citizens Advice (“Life After Pension Choices”) provides some new insights into consumer behaviour in the post-pension freedom world.

25 Aug 2016

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