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Just Mortgages profit up 17%

Just Mortgages profit up 17%

Just Mortgages' profit rose 17% in 2015 on an increased turnover of 6%.

04 Apr 2016

Paradigm Protect adds specialist insurer to panel

Paradigm Protect adds specialist insurer to panel

Paradigm Protect, the specialist protection and GI distributor within the Paradigm Group, has added commercial insurer, CDC, to its panel of general insurance referral partners.

01 Apr 2016

March - a milestone month for retirement?

March - a milestone month for retirement?

Even before the Budget, and the launch of the Lifetime ISA with its State-backed saving incentives for either purchasing a first property or retirement, March 2016 was shaping up to be something of a 'milestone' month in terms of the history of retirement provision and the policies that determine at what age people retire, how they might save for that retirement, and the whole scope of how we support people in that provision.

01 Apr 2016

Future-proofed technology: how to stay one step ahead

Future-proofed technology: how to stay one step ahead

Commentators are often preaching to advisory firms the importance of being one step ahead of the technological curve, and there's an element of truth to this, but when you add in the fact that most firm owners have enough on their plate in terms of running their business, how can they set aside the time to work out what will happen next and how they should get 'ahead' of it?

01 Apr 2016

Scottish Widows calls for customer benchmarking of providers

Scottish Widows calls for customer benchmarking of providers

In its first report, Scottish Widows' Independent Governance Committee has called for an industry-wide benchmarking of pension providers by their customers.

01 Apr 2016

NatWest expands BDM team

NatWest expands BDM team

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has appointed five new Business Development Managers to its team - three field-based and two phone-based.

01 Apr 2016

The Property Franchise Group launches financial services arm

The Property Franchise Group launches financial services arm

The Property Franchise Group has launched a financial services arm in partnership with Legal & General and London & Country.

01 Apr 2016

Co-op Bank's pre-tax loss doubles to £610m

Co-op Bank's pre-tax loss doubles to £610m

Co-Operative Bank's losses before tax rose "as expected" to £610.6m in 2015, according to the Bank's full-year results.

01 Apr 2016

Roma increases lending by 300%

Roma increases lending by 300%

Roma Finance, the Manchester based bridging finance and development lender, has seen a 300% increase in annual lending volumes in Q1 2016.

01 Apr 2016

Nationwide: house price growth at 13-month high

Nationwide: house price growth at 13-month high

UK annual house price growth increased to 5.7% in March - the strongest pace since February 2015, according to the latest Nationwide house price index.

01 Apr 2016

 

FCA opt-out ban - which products will be affected?

FCA opt-out ban - which products will be affected?

The FCA's ban on opt-out selling in financial services comes into force today.

01 Apr 2016

Kensington announces changes to lending criteria

Kensington announces changes to lending criteria

Kensington has announced a review of lending policy that includes changes to policies on lending to older customers, buy to let landlords and self-employed income verification.

31 Mar 2016

Industry marathon runners raise £10,000 at charity night

Industry marathon runners raise £10,000 at charity night

Barcadia Media Director James Lucas - alongside James Prosser (Front Events), Peter Izard (Investec Bank) and Jeff List (Brightstar) - raised over £10,000 at the High Rollers charity casino event held last night.

31 Mar 2016

Broker wins free home insurance at FSE Glasgow

Broker wins free home insurance at FSE Glasgow

GI provider Uinsure gave brokers the chance to win one year of free home insurance at the Financial Services Expo in Glasgow earlier this month.

31 Mar 2016

TSB expands Affordable Housing offering

TSB expands Affordable Housing offering

TSB is expanding its Affordable Housing offering available through brokers.

31 Mar 2016

Crowdstacker announces IFISA details

Crowdstacker announces IFISA details

FCA authorised peer-to-peer platform Crowdstacker has announced the full details of its new Innovative Finance ISA ahead of next week's launch.

31 Mar 2016

BoE: House purchase lending keeps momentum

BoE: House purchase lending keeps momentum

According to the Bank of England's Money & Credit report, released this morning, February saw house purchase lending total £13 billion in value in February.

31 Mar 2016

Second charge lending outpaces mainsteam mortgage market

Second charge lending outpaces mainsteam mortgage market

Secured lending reached a five-year high in January, with £105.8m of transactions, according to the first anniversary edition of the Enterprise Finance Secured Loan Index. This surge in lending represents a 7% increase in monthly lending since December 2015.

31 Mar 2016

Industry heavyweight to headline Financial Reporter Specialist Lending Roadshow

Industry heavyweight to headline Financial Reporter Specialist Lending Roadshow

Financial Reporter is delighted to announce SimplyBiz Director David Golder as the keynote speaker for its series of free, CII accredited, Specialist Lending Roadshows taking place in April.

31 Mar 2016

ERC and LLA launch adviser training scheme

ERC and LLA launch adviser training scheme

The Equity Release Council has partnered with the Later Life Academy to offer a programme of accredited training for ERC adviser members.

31 Mar 2016

33% believe the state should fund their financial stability

33% believe the state should fund their financial stability

33% of Britons believe the State should be responsible for ensuring they are financially stable if they were no longer able to earn, according to a HSBC report.

31 Mar 2016

FTBs remain resilient despite growing deposits

FTBs remain resilient despite growing deposits

First-time buyer transactions hit 21,100 in February, representing a 6.6% annual rise, according to Your Move & Reeds Rains.

31 Mar 2016

Average three-year fix falls below 3% for first time

Average three-year fix falls below 3% for first time

Average rates for two and three-year fixed mortgage deals continued to fall in February as consumers enjoyed the widest choice of products since 2008, according to Mortgage Advice Bureau.

31 Mar 2016

Majority expect rate rise delay beyond 2016

Majority expect rate rise delay beyond 2016

The majority of UK investors expect interest rates to remain at record lows throughout 2016 amid persistently low inflation and the global economic slowdown, according to Legg Mason Global Asset Management.

30 Mar 2016

Regulated P2P lender announces IFISA launch

Regulated P2P lender announces IFISA launch

P2P investment platform Abundance has confirmed that its Innovative Finance ISA will be open for investment from April 6th, after obtaining regulatory approval from the FCA.

30 Mar 2016

P2P technology provider launches with lenders to offer IFISA

P2P technology provider launches with lenders to offer IFISA

Goji, which enables P2P platforms to gain access to new investment products and markets, has officially launched today with initial clients including Landbay, ArchOver and Assetz Capital.

30 Mar 2016

3% stamp duty rise to hit separating couples

3% stamp duty rise to hit separating couples

Divorcing and separating couples are at risk of being caught by the new 3% stamp duty surcharge, despite the supposed exemption.

30 Mar 2016

£800m invested in property from pension freedoms

£800m invested in property from pension freedoms

Following statistics released by the ABI this week showing that almost £6bn has been taken out of pensions since the reforms, new research suggests that up to £800m has been diverted into property.

30 Mar 2016

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