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Pension ISAs face further industry criticism

Pension ISAs face further industry criticism

The Chief Executive of Royal London has described George Osborne's plan to introduce ISA style pensions as 'reckless', arguing that the idea is a 'huge gamble' that will turn people away from long term saving.

10 Feb 2016

London's new buyer registrations soar by a quarter

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London's new buyer registrations soar by a quarter

The number of new buyers registering throughout Prime London in January 2016 rose by 24% year-on-year, according to estate agent Marsh & Parsons.

10 Feb 2016

Mortgage Brain's mobile app sees continued success

Mortgage Brain's mobile app sees continued success

UKMortgages, Mortgage Brain's mobile app, which promotes brokers and mortgage products to consumers, continues to top the charts as the most widely used mortgage search application on mobile devices.

09 Feb 2016

Schooldays return for the NACFB

Schooldays return for the NACFB

The findSMEfinance website that the NACFB runs continues to grow, both in the number of small businesses seeking finance, and the brokers helping them to find it.

09 Feb 2016

Considering the post-HTB2 environment

Considering the post-HTB2 environment

Help to Buy London launched last week with a fair amount of fanfare as the next evolution of the scheme is brought to market.

09 Feb 2016

Which areas will be most affected by a rate rise?

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Which areas will be most affected by a rate rise?

New research has revealed which areas are most at risk when interest rates rise.

09 Feb 2016

FCA fines former JP Morgan boss £792,900

FCA fines former JP Morgan boss £792,900

The FCA has fined the former Head of JP Morgan's CIO International, Achilles Macris, £792,900 for "failing to be open and co-operative" with the Authority.

09 Feb 2016

IFS: Osborne's pension changes pose "significant risks"

IFS: Osborne's pension changes pose "significant risks"

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned George Osborne that introducing a flat-rate tax relief for pensions or introducing ISA-style pensions will only create temporary revenues, but could create 'dramatic consequences' for UK politics and finances.

09 Feb 2016

Paradigm launches MCD preparation events

Paradigm launches MCD preparation events

Paradigm Mortgage Services has announced a further series of Mortgage and Protection events for advisers covering preparation for the Mortgage Credit Directive.

09 Feb 2016

Secured lending to exit debt management plans on the rise

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Secured lending to exit debt management plans on the rise

An increasing number of clients want to exit their Debt Management Plans as financial circumstances improve, according to new research.

09 Feb 2016

 

FHL: location is key to tackling stamp duty changes

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FHL: location is key to tackling stamp duty changes

The challenge for landlords, in a post stamp duty and MCD 2016, will not be access to finance, but the choice of area to buy in the UK giving the best chances of growth, according to Foundation Home Loans' Commercial Director, Simon Bayley.

09 Feb 2016

First high net worth equity release service launches

First high net worth equity release service launches

Bower Retirement says it has launched the first dedicated high net worth equity release service in response to strong demand for targeted advice as property wealth becomes more important to retirement planning.

09 Feb 2016

Aegon platforms integrate with Intelliflo

Aegon platforms integrate with Intelliflo

Aegon has partnered with Intelliflo's business management system, Intelligent Office, to integrate its One Retirement and Aegon Retirement Choices platforms.

08 Feb 2016

The countdown to MCD

The countdown to MCD

It goes without saying that 2016 is a key year for the secured loans industry. Since April 2014, when the Financial Conduct Authority first took over the reins of regulation for the second charge sector, we have been working towards this point when the interim permission period ends and MCD regulation comes into effect.

08 Feb 2016

Online adviser gets £1.1m in funding

Online adviser gets £1.1m in funding

Online mortgage adviser Trussle has received £1.1m in funding to expand its team and product offering.

08 Feb 2016

Mortgage fees hit 21-month high

Mortgage fees hit 21-month high

Average mortgage fees are £68 higher than in June 2014 and have hit a 21-month high, according to Moneyfacts.co.uk.

08 Feb 2016

FCA audit report finds 'major' incident response flaws

FCA audit report finds 'major' incident response flaws

The latest FCA internal audit report has found 'major' inadequacies in the regulator's current incident response and crisis management capability.

08 Feb 2016

Accord launches FTB cashback offer

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Accord launches FTB cashback offer

Accord Mortgages is giving first-time buyers an extra £500 cashback when they complete on a mortgage.

08 Feb 2016

FCA urged to relax lifetime mortgage rules

FCA urged to relax lifetime mortgage rules

The Equity Release Council has argued that a relaxation of mortgage affordability rules could help more lifetime mortgage customers take up the option to make interest repayments initially before switching to a roll-up arrangement.

08 Feb 2016

6 in 10 retirement specialists recommend ISAs

6 in 10 retirement specialists recommend ISAs

Advisers are increasingly recommending ISAs as an important contributor to retirement planning, according to research from MetLife.

08 Feb 2016

The Mansfield announces record mortgage completions

The Mansfield announces record mortgage completions

Mansfield Building Society has posted record mortgage completions in 2015 with figures of £70 million.

08 Feb 2016

First Innovative Finance ISA product announced

First Innovative Finance ISA product announced

RateSetter has become the first lender to publish details of the tax-free Innovative Finance ISA that it plans to make available from April 2016.

08 Feb 2016

Santander introduces dual affordability for BTL

Santander introduces dual affordability for BTL

Santander has announced plans to increase the affordability rate for loans up to 60% LTV from 5% to 5.5% in a bid to combat the additional 3% stamp duty on second home purchases from 1 April.

05 Feb 2016

In the Spotlight with Peter Pledger, National Skills Academy for Financial Services

In the Spotlight with Peter Pledger, National Skills Academy for Financial Services

We spoke to, Peter Pledger, Chief Executive Officer at the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, about upcoming regulatory changes and what skills every broker should learn.

05 Feb 2016

Coventry for intermediaries expands BTL range

Coventry for intermediaries expands BTL range

Following the recent introduction of an 80% LTV Buy to Let product to its portfolio, Coventry for intermediaries has added a further three products to this range.

05 Feb 2016

Limited Company BTL interest surges in January

Limited Company BTL interest surges in January

Foundation Home Loans is seeing increasing interest in Limited Company BTL purchase products from analysis of Decisions in Principle over the past few months.

05 Feb 2016

Shepherds Friendly boosts BDM team after IP launch

Shepherds Friendly boosts BDM team after IP launch

Shepherds Friendly has boosted its business development team with the promotion of Alexander Fallowes and the appointment of Zoe Meredith following growth in sales of its Income Protection Plan since its launch last year.

05 Feb 2016

L&G lifetime mortgage lending hits £201m

L&G lifetime mortgage lending hits £201m

Legal & General has announced that lifetime mortgage lending reached £201m in 2015, hitting its annual £200m target for lifetime mortgages.

05 Feb 2016

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