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February mortgage lending at eight-year high

February mortgage lending at eight-year high

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £17.6 billion in February - 5% lower than January but 30% higher than February 2015.

17 Mar 2016

FSE Glasgow 2016: Equity release is growing despite 'myths'

FSE Glasgow 2016: Equity release is growing despite 'myths'

Speaking at the Financial Services Expo Glasgow today, Equity Release Supermarket's Gary Webster laid to rest some of the common myths around equity release, calling it 'an area which some advice firms won't take on'.

16 Mar 2016

FSE Glasgow 2016: BTL market will take changes in stride

FSE Glasgow 2016: BTL market will take changes in stride

Aldermore Bank's Ian Boden, Head of Commercial Mortgages, spoke to an audience of intermediaries at today's Financial Services Expo Glasgow about the future of the sector in the face of increasing regulatory powers over buy to let lending.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
Govt defers stamp duty increase for second homes

Budget 2016
Govt defers stamp duty increase for second homes

The government has extended the period before the higher stamp duty rate will apply to second homes, and the time in which homeowners can claim a refund, from 18 months to 36 months.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
MAS, TPAS and Pension Wise to be restructured

Budget 2016
MAS, TPAS and Pension Wise to be restructured

The government will restructure the statutory financial guidance providers - the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise, according to Budget documents.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
Is the Lifetime ISA 'another barrier to pension savings'?

Budget 2016
Is the Lifetime ISA 'another barrier to pension savings'?

In today's Budget, George Osborne announced the launch of a Lifetime ISA which allows under-40s to save for their first home or retirement.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
Govt to cut CGT and Class 2 NI contributions

Budget 2016
Govt to cut CGT and Class 2 NI contributions

During today's Budget, George Osborne announced that from 2018, the government will abolish Class 2 National Insurance Contributions altogether.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
OBR: Brexit could cause 'disruptive uncertainty'

Budget 2016
OBR: Brexit could cause 'disruptive uncertainty'

Speaking in today's Budget, George Osborne revealed that the OBR believe Brexit would "result in a period of potentially disruptive uncertainty".

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
GDP growth forecasts revised down until 2020

Budget 2016
GDP growth forecasts revised down until 2020

The Office for Budget Responsiblity has revised down economic growth expectations each year until 2020.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
Osborne announces commercial stamp duty reform

Budget 2016
Osborne announces commercial stamp duty reform

The government will reform commercial stamp duty in a similar way to the residential stamp duty changes a year ago.

16 Mar 2016

 

Budget 2016
Personal allowance and higher rate threshold to rise

Budget 2016
Personal allowance and higher rate threshold to rise

George Osborne has confirmed that the government will raise the tax-free personal allowance to £11,500 and the higher rate tax threshold from £42,385 to £45,000.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
Government to launch Lifetime ISA with 25% bonus

Budget 2016
Government to launch Lifetime ISA with 25% bonus

George Osborne has announced the launch of a Lifetime ISA which allows under-40s to save for their first home or retirement.

16 Mar 2016

FSE Glasgow 2016: Advisers 'must plug gap' left by welfare reforms

FSE Glasgow 2016: Advisers 'must plug gap' left by welfare reforms

Welfare reforms have 'significantly' changed the need for financial protection, said Scottish Widows' Johnny Timpson today, speaking at the FSE Glasgow expo to an audience of intermediaries.

16 Mar 2016

Mortgage Brain launches secured loan sourcing system

Mortgage Brain launches secured loan sourcing system

Mortgage Brain has announced the launch of its new, whole-of-market, secured loan sourcing system.

16 Mar 2016

Budget 2016
Government to scrap Money Advice Service

Budget 2016
Government to scrap Money Advice Service

The government has announced plans to close the Money Advice Service and restructure The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.

16 Mar 2016

Saffron launches limited edition FTB fixes

Saffron launches limited edition FTB fixes

Saffron For Intermediaries has launched a limited edition five-year fixed rate for first-time buyers in addition to its existing three-year range.

16 Mar 2016

Barclays cuts resi and BTL rates

Barclays cuts resi and BTL rates

Barclays is cutting rates across its residential and buy to let product ranges by up to 0.30%.

16 Mar 2016

Bluestone Mortgages joins Complete FS panel

Bluestone Mortgages joins Complete FS panel

Complete FS has announced the addition of Bluestone Mortgages to its lending panel.

16 Mar 2016

The downward spiral of high LTV lending

The downward spiral of high LTV lending

As we all know you can prove a lot with statistics, to such an extent that the same ones can be massaged in numerous ways to deliver completely different conclusions.

15 Mar 2016

SFO closes Forex investigation

SFO closes Forex investigation

The Serious Fraud Office has closed its investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange market citing 'insufficient evidence'.

15 Mar 2016

Forex trader's prison sentence extended for two years

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Forex trader's prison sentence extended for two years

A financial adviser has seen his 10 year prison sentence extended for a further two years after failing to pay a confiscation order.

15 Mar 2016

Paragon launches stepped fixed rate range

Paragon launches stepped fixed rate range

Paragon Mortgages has launched a range of stepped five year fixed rate products.

15 Mar 2016

John Cupis begins role at Openwork

John Cupis begins role at Openwork

John Cupis has taken up his role as Mortgage Director at Openwork.

15 Mar 2016

Yorkshire BS launches single access saver

Yorkshire BS launches single access saver

Yorkshire Building Society has launched a new single access savings account with a variable interest rate of 1.30%.

15 Mar 2016

L&G retirement lending drives 14% profit rise

L&G retirement lending drives 14% profit rise

Legal & General has reported a 14% rise in operating profit to £1.5bn in 2015, driven by strong retirement lending.

15 Mar 2016

CML: Basel revisions will have significant effect on lending

CML: Basel revisions will have significant effect on lending

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has responded to a Basel consultation that it says could ultimately have significant long-term effects on the UK mortgage and housing markets.

15 Mar 2016

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

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