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Royal London's drawdown sales soar 67% in Q3

Royal London's drawdown sales soar 67% in Q3

Royal London saw new life and pensions business rise 35% to £4.8 billion in Q3 2015, which it attributed to the pension reforms and auto-enrolment.

02 Nov 2015

Younger clients move to DC following pension reforms

Younger clients move to DC following pension reforms

Six months after the pension reforms were introduced, younger people are considering switching from Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution schemes to take advantage of the flexibilities offered by the pension reforms, according to data from Selectapension.

30 Oct 2015

In the Spotlight with Phil Jeynes, UnderwriteMe

In the Spotlight with Phil Jeynes, UnderwriteMe

We spoke to Phil Jeynes, head of sales and marketing, about the launch of UnderwriteMe's comparison service and the future of the protection industry.

30 Oct 2015

The knock-on effect of rate rise speculation: Barclays quarterly review

The knock-on effect of rate rise speculation: Barclays quarterly review

The remortgage market continues to shine and frustrate, almost in the same breath. Like many markets it inevitably has its up and downs. In fairness these swings have been relatively low in velocity and can't help but be influenced by a number of economic factors in the UK and beyond.

30 Oct 2015

As P2P authorisation deadline nears, how many will cross the line?

As P2P authorisation deadline nears, how many will cross the line?

October 31st is the deadline for new peer-to-peer lenders seeking full authorisation for the Financial Conduct Authority.

30 Oct 2015

First Direct launches 2.19% five-year fix

First Direct launches 2.19% five-year fix

First Direct has cut rates on a number of fixed rate residential mortgages, including its five-year fixed rate range.

30 Oct 2015

NatWest expands BDM team

NatWest expands BDM team

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has appointed two new BDMs to its phone-based team in Norwich.

30 Oct 2015

Virgin launches intermediary exclusive BTL range

Virgin launches intermediary exclusive BTL range

Virgin Money has launched a new intermediary exclusive buy-to-let range with rates starting from 1.84% and reduced selected higher LTV residential fixed rates.

30 Oct 2015

RBS posts Q3 profit despite continued misconduct costs

RBS posts Q3 profit despite continued misconduct costs

RBS posted Q3 profits of £952 million, up from £896 million in Q3 2014, largely due to a £1.1bn gain from the sale of US bank Citizens.

30 Oct 2015

Countryside dwellers pay £43,000 premium

Countryside dwellers pay £43,000 premium

Property prices in the countryside are, on average, £43,490 (22%) higher than in urban areas, according to the latest Halifax research.

30 Oct 2015

 

UK savers under attack from 'zombie accounts'

UK savers under attack from 'zombie accounts'

41% of UK savers are unaware of their savings account interest rate, and of those that are, one-third are earning less than 1%, according to peer-to-peer lender RateSetter.

30 Oct 2015

Home owning 'aspiration gap' reaches record high

Home owning 'aspiration gap' reaches record high

The gap between aspiration and reality for aspiring homeowners has grown significantly in the space of three months, according to the latest First-Time Buyer Barometer from Your Move and Reeds Rains.

30 Oct 2015

Insolvencies rise for the first time in a year

Insolvencies rise for the first time in a year

The number of people facing insolvency has risen for the first time in 12 months, with 19,683 people in England and Wales becoming insolvent in the third quarter of 2015, according to the Insolvency Service.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - A lender's perspective: why you have to be considering second charge mortgages

FSE London 2015 - A lender's perspective: why you have to be considering second charge mortgages

Shawbrook Bank's Claire Rankin speaks in the bank's Academy at FSE London about how second charge mortgages are an opportunity for brokers.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - What is the future for buy to let?

FSE London 2015 - What is the future for buy to let?

Kate Faulkner, property expert and founder of Designs on Property, discusses the future for buy to let at the recent Financial Services Expo London 2015.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - The future of mortgage transactions through the lens of emerging technology pt. 2

FSE London 2015 - The future of mortgage transactions through the lens of emerging technology pt. 2

In part 2 of our Mortgage Technologies seminar, Mark Lofthouse from sourcing software Mortgage Brain looks at emerging tech in the mortgage space.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Pension reform: customer reactions and motivations under the new rules

FSE London 2015 - Pension reform: customer reactions and motivations under the new rules

Michelle Cracknell, head of the Government's Pensions Advisory Service, delivered a seminar at FSE London 2015 on the consumer response to the new pension rules.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - The future of mortgage transactions through the lens of emerging technology pt. 1

FSE London 2015 - The future of mortgage transactions through the lens of emerging technology pt. 1

Oliver Kenton of Ernst & Young gives the first of a two-part seminar discussing the future of mortgage transactions and how new technology can shape them.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - The challenges of running a business

FSE London 2015 - The challenges of running a business

Mortgage Advice Bureau chief Peter Brodnicki spoke to brokers at FSE London 2015 about the challenges - and opportunities - of running a business.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Research into protection - what is the point?

FSE London 2015 - Research into protection - what is the point?

L&G's Richard Kateley explored the value of research into protection and how it can help shape consumer decisions at the recent FSE London.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - The value of income protection: an awareness of the uninsured

FSE London 2015 - The value of income protection: an awareness of the uninsured

Richard Moodey of Zurich spoke to delegates at the recent Financial Services Expo London about why income protection has more value than consumers realise.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - The mortgage market after the Mortgage Credit Directive

FSE London 2015 - The mortgage market after the Mortgage Credit Directive

Robert Sinclair of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries spoke to brokers about the effects of the Mortgage Credit Directive at this year's FSE London.

29 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Residential lending: opportunities to maximise the growth of your business

FSE London 2015 - Residential lending: opportunities to maximise the growth of your business

At the recent FSE London 2015, Roger Morris of Precise spoke to the Shawbrook Bank Academy about opportunities for brokers in residential lending.

29 Oct 2015

Shawbrook completes its first regulated bridge

Shawbrook completes its first regulated bridge

Shawbrook Bank has announced the first successful completion on its new regulated bridging mortgage offering, executed via their strategic partner Vantage Finance.

29 Oct 2015

How the Peer-to-Peer industry can prepare for the next downturn

How the Peer-to-Peer industry can prepare for the next downturn

You don't have to be an economist to see the challenges ahead for the world economy. There was gloomy news over the summer as concerns over economic growth led the Chinese government to cut interest rates and devalue the yuan and resulted in panic selling of shares which spread globally.

29 Oct 2015

TISA: ISA-style pensions will destabilise saving

TISA: ISA-style pensions will destabilise saving

TISA, the financial services membership association, is warning that moves towards a pension ISA would be counter-productive as it would destabilise workplace pension saving without offering a superior outcome for savers and would also result in limited future tax revenues.

29 Oct 2015

North West boosts September mortgage sales

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North West boosts September mortgage sales

Residential and buy-to-let mortgage sales increased by 8.7% last month from August 2015, reaching £15.25 billion, according to Equifax Touchstone.

29 Oct 2015

70% of brokers say MCD will have 'no impact'

70% of brokers say MCD will have 'no impact'

When asked what impact the Mortgage Credit Directive would have on let-to-buy business, the majority of intermediaries said they expect no change, according to Paragon Mortgages.

29 Oct 2015

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