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L&G enhances Term and Terminal Illness Cover

L&G enhances Term and Terminal Illness Cover

Legal & General has enhanced all of its Term Assurance products and Terminal Illness Cover.

15 Mar 2016

MPs propose early state pension access for women

MPs propose early state pension access for women

The Work and Pensions Committee have proposed that women affected by the increase in state pension age should be allowed to draw their pension early on an actuarially neutral basis.

15 Mar 2016

Help to Save scheme 'risks mis-selling scandal'

Help to Save scheme 'risks mis-selling scandal'

Earlier today, the government announced the launch of its Help to Save scheme, which allows low-paid workers to save up to £50 a month and receive a 50% bonus after two years - worth up to £600.

14 Mar 2016

Rob Jupp: A return to irresponsible lending?

Rob Jupp: A return to irresponsible lending?

2008 to 2010 is now being coined as 'The Great Recession', but while the mortgage market may have picked up since then, life since 2010 has hardly been a bed of roses across the economy as a whole with both manufacturing and the construction industry still struggling.

14 Mar 2016

Government launches Help to Save scheme

Government launches Help to Save scheme

The government has announced a new bonus of up to £1,200 for low-paid workers.

14 Mar 2016

RBS to replace advisers with robo-advice

RBS to replace advisers with robo-advice

The Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to replace around 220 investment advisers with automated telephone and online systems.

14 Mar 2016

LV= pension business fuels 127% profit rise

LV= pension business fuels 127% profit rise

LV= has reported a 127% rise in its group operating profit to £195m in 2015.

14 Mar 2016

Demand pushes legal firms to exceed advice capability

Demand pushes legal firms to exceed advice capability

Accountants and law firms are becoming concerned that growing demand for personal financial advice from clients is putting them at risk of exceeding their professional expertise.

14 Mar 2016

United Trust Bank increases lending by 48%

United Trust Bank increases lending by 48%

United Trust Bank has reported a 67% increase in profits after tax to £12.3m and a lending increase of 48% to £434m in 2015.

14 Mar 2016

LendInvest to move into mainstream BTL market

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LendInvest to move into mainstream BTL market

LendInvest has completed a £17 million equity investment from Atomico, the venture capital firm founded by the co-founder of Skype.

14 Mar 2016

 

FAMR: key recommendations and industry responses

FAMR: key recommendations and industry responses

The Financial Advice Market Review, released today, has made 28 recommendations to the Government, FCA, and the industry, intended to tackle the barriers to consumers accessing advice.

14 Mar 2016

FAMR proposes early pension access to pay for advice

FAMR proposes early pension access to pay for advice

The Financial Advice Market Review, released today, has recommended the development of a 'pensions dashboard', and allowing consumers early access to a small part of their pension pot to "redeem against the cost of pre-retirement advice".

14 Mar 2016

Santander increases Help to Buy ISA rate to 4%

Santander increases Help to Buy ISA rate to 4%

Santander is increasing the interest rate on its Help to Buy ISA to 4.00% to match Halifax, who currently offers the highest rate on the market.

11 Mar 2016

Self-cert - the return of unregulated lending?

Self-cert - the return of unregulated lending?

The launch of selfcert.co.uk, the 9,000 enquiries it is reported to have received, and its decision to suspend lending within days has been widely discussed across both financial and mainstream press.

11 Mar 2016

CML appoints TSB director as new chair

CML appoints TSB director as new chair

Carol Anderson, Scotland branch & business banking distribution director at TSB Bank, will replace Linda Docherty of Clydesdale Bank as new chair of the CML in Scotland.

11 Mar 2016

Openwork appoints Chief Operating Officer

Openwork appoints Chief Operating Officer

Openwork has announced the appointment of Neil Milner as Chief Operating Officer.

11 Mar 2016

Help to Buy schemes see 150,000 completions

Help to Buy schemes see 150,000 completions

Since the launch of the Help to Buy equity loan and mortgage guarantee schemes in 2013, over 150,000 completions under the scheme have taken place, with 80% having been made by first-time buyers.

11 Mar 2016

Metro Bank floats with £1.6bn valuation

Metro Bank floats with £1.6bn valuation

Metro Bank has floated on the London Stock Exchange with a market valuation of £1.6bn.

11 Mar 2016

46% disagree with female state pension changes

46% disagree with female state pension changes

Almost half (46%) of Brits disagree with the change of state pension age for women.

11 Mar 2016

Mortgage Advice Bureau expands into Northern Ireland

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Mortgage Advice Bureau expands into Northern Ireland

Mortgage Advice Bureau has announced the opening of its first branch in Northern Ireland.

11 Mar 2016

Pension providers infringing competition law: FCA

Pension providers infringing competition law: FCA

The FCA says it has uncovered competition concerns with some pension providers.

11 Mar 2016

February sees surge in small-deposit lending

February sees surge in small-deposit lending

February saw a rise in small-deposit lending (to buyers with a deposit worth 15% or less of their properties' total value), with 11,429 of such loans granted approval - up 5.7% month-on-month and 9.1% annually.

11 Mar 2016

Sesame launches exclusives via Virgin Money

Sesame launches exclusives via Virgin Money

Sesame has launched two exclusive fixed rate products to appointed representatives of its network via Virgin Money.

11 Mar 2016

Old Mutual announces separation plans

Old Mutual announces separation plans

Old Mutual has today announced plans to separate its business into four units: Old Mutual Emerging Markets, Old Mutual Wealth, Nedbank Group and OM Asset Management.

11 Mar 2016

Uinsure hires BDM for Scotland and NI

Uinsure hires BDM for Scotland and NI

GI provider Uinsure has appointed a new Business Development Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

10 Mar 2016

RICS: housing market to slow after BTL surge

RICS: housing market to slow after BTL surge

The UK housing market is set to slow down over the next three months following a short-term rush on buy-to-let properties ahead of the stamp duty changes, according to RICS.

10 Mar 2016

ECB cuts benchmark interest rate to 0%

ECB cuts benchmark interest rate to 0%

The European Central Bank has cut its benchmark interest rate from 0.05% to 0%, with UK experts already predicting that the decision 'is likely to impact on the UK base rate'.

10 Mar 2016

Industry Marathon runners host charity casino night

Industry Marathon runners host charity casino night

Barcadia Media Director James Lucas - alongside James Prosser (Front Events), Peter Izard (Investec Bank) and Jeff List (Brightstar) - will be running the London Marathon on 24 April 2016 to raise money for national Children's charity WellChild.

10 Mar 2016

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