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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

July mortgage lending remains resilient: CML

July mortgage lending remains resilient: CML

Gross mortgage lending remained stable in July at an estimated £21.4 billion, according to the CML.

25 Aug 2016

FCA approach to retirement is too narrow, says LLA

FCA approach to retirement is too narrow, says LLA

The Later Life Academy has issued its response to the FCA’s Retirement Outcomes Review, arguing that the regulator has made its terms of reference too tight in simply looking at how pension savings are converted into retirement income.

25 Aug 2016

Remortgagors take advantage of post-Brexit rate cuts

Remortgagors take advantage of post-Brexit rate cuts

63% of remortgagors lowered their mortgage rates after the Referendum result in July, with 35% managing to cut their payments by £200 or more each month, according to LMS research.

25 Aug 2016

Repo fall bolsters confidence among second charge advisers

Repo fall bolsters confidence among second charge advisers

The 40% drop in repossessions announced by the Finance & Leasing Association recently is "only part of the good news story surrounding second charge lending" according to Jeff Davidson, Head of Intermediaries at Fluent for Advisers.

25 Aug 2016

Stamp duty changes trigger 24% rise in Q2 transactions

Stamp duty changes trigger 24% rise in Q2 transactions

Completed conveyancing activity rose by almost a quarter (24%) year-on-year in Q2 as completions were registered following the rush to beat the Stamp Duty changes for buy-to-let properties.

25 Aug 2016

FTB approvals rise 6% in Q2: IMLA

FTB approvals rise 6% in Q2: IMLA

First-time buyers saw a higher proportion of mortgage approvals agreed in Q2, with 57% of enquiries resulting in AIPs, up from 51% in Q1.

25 Aug 2016

Newcastle BS launches 80% LTV three-year fix at 1.88%

Newcastle BS launches 80% LTV three-year fix at 1.88%

Newcastle Building Society has launched a new portfolio of mortgages, including a three year fixed rate product at 1.88% up to 80% LTV.

24 Aug 2016

Who are we to judge what funds a happy retirement?

Who are we to judge what funds a happy retirement?

No one expects retirement to be a time where you can’t have fun, treat yourself and your relatives, and be a little bit looser with your wallet than you may have been before you left work.

24 Aug 2016

Halifax slashes Help to Buy ISA rate to 2%

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Halifax slashes Help to Buy ISA rate to 2%

Halifax has made further cuts to the rate it pays on its Help to Buy ISA.

24 Aug 2016

 

FAMR won't help close the advice gap, say advisers

FAMR won't help close the advice gap, say advisers

A survey of financial advisers has revealed "strong opposition" to the FCA's Financial Advice Market Review, with 60% of respondents arguing that it will not help to plug the advice gap.

24 Aug 2016

Are monthly instalment VCTs the new alternative to pensions?

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Are monthly instalment VCTs the new alternative to pensions?

A new venture capital trust has become the first to allow clients to invest in regular monthly instalments.

24 Aug 2016

CML: First-time buyers drive strong regional lending activity

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CML: First-time buyers drive strong regional lending activity

Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and London all saw Q2 mortgage lending activity supported by strong first-time buyer figures, according to the latest CML statistics.

24 Aug 2016

CML: London homemovers slump 41% in Q2

CML: London homemovers slump 41% in Q2

Home buyers and home movers in London dropped by 23% and 41% respectively in Q2, according to the latest CML statistics.

24 Aug 2016

BBA: mortgage borrowing unaffected by Brexit

BBA: mortgage borrowing unaffected by Brexit

Gross mortgage borrowing in July remained 6% higher on an annual basis at £12.6bn, according to the latest BBA figures.

24 Aug 2016

FCA approves £112m Target Group acquisition

FCA approves £112m Target Group acquisition

The FCA has formally approved Target Group's acquisition by global firm Tech Mahindra.

24 Aug 2016

Shared ownership a 'lifeline' as homeownership hits record low

Shared ownership a 'lifeline' as homeownership hits record low

As homeownership reaches an all-time low, mortgage brokers are stressing the importance of shared ownership in helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder.

24 Aug 2016

Mortgage enquiries soar 55% after base rate cut

Mortgage enquiries soar 55% after base rate cut

Week on week mortgage enquiries have increased by an average of 55% since the Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% earlier this month, according to deVere Mortgages.

24 Aug 2016

MP urges housing minister to apologise over HTB ISA 'scandal'

MP urges housing minister to apologise over HTB ISA 'scandal'

Labour MP David Lammy has written to Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell, calling on him to apologise on behalf of the Government for "misleading thousands of people" who signed up for a Help to Buy ISA in the hope it would help them to get on the housing ladder.

23 Aug 2016

Retirement sourcing tool announces system upgrade

Retirement sourcing tool announces system upgrade

AIR Sourcing, the recently-launched sourcing system for equity release and retirement lending products, has announced the next phase of its development which will include a number of additional features.

23 Aug 2016

The wider implications of Brexit for property funding

The wider implications of Brexit for property funding

2016 has seen some big fluctuations in the property market, with pregnancy style trimesters. From the early part of the year, statistics showed house prices dropped alongside increased activity, by investors in advance of April’s stamp duty hike. This rush to complete deals resulted in companies, like Mint Bridging, securing record bridging loan completions.

23 Aug 2016

The Right Mortgage expands compliance team

The Right Mortgage expands compliance team

The Right Mortgage and Protection Network has appointed two new compliance managers.

23 Aug 2016

HMRC: residential transactions down 0.9% post-Brexit

HMRC: residential transactions down 0.9% post-Brexit

The number of residential property transactions decreased by 0.9% between June and July to 94,550, with July's seasonally adjusted figure down 8.3% compared with the same month last year.

23 Aug 2016

95% LTV market continues to shrink

95% LTV market continues to shrink

First-time buyer deals are beginning to dwindle, with data showing that the number of 95% LTV products has fallen by 16% from the peak seen in March 2016.

23 Aug 2016

Together revamps residential range

Together revamps residential range

Together has announced rate cuts of up to 0.72% across its first and second charge mortgage ranges after launching its new five-year fixed rate product yesterday.

23 Aug 2016

Post-Brexit mortgage sales drop 15%

Post-Brexit mortgage sales drop 15%

Mortgage sales fell by 15.7% (£2.5bn) in July, with year-on-year sales down by 16.6%, according to Equifax Touchstone.

23 Aug 2016

Industry calls for delay on non-dom IHT reforms

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Industry calls for delay on non-dom IHT reforms

The Government should delay the introduction of the non-domicile reforms until 2018 so that they can be more carefully considered, argues London Chartered Accountants Blick Rothenberg.

23 Aug 2016

AA launches into mortgage market with fixed-rate range

AA launches into mortgage market with fixed-rate range

The AA has officially launched into the mortgage market with a range of five fees-assisted mortgage products, fixed for between two and five years.

23 Aug 2016

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