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21% of Brits rely on their home for their pension

21% of Brits rely on their home for their pension

From a financial point of view, the majority of people across Europe believe it is better to own a property than rent (79%) - an indication that consumers across Europe view property as an important asset.

14 Oct 2015

Bridging finance defies seasonal slowdown with 33% rise in Q3

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Bridging finance defies seasonal slowdown with 33% rise in Q3

Bridging finance experienced a 33% increase in lending activity during the third quarter, spurning the summer slowdown and the impact of wider global macro volatility, according to the latest data by Bridging Trends.

14 Oct 2015

Masthaven Finance to become a bank

Masthaven Finance to become a bank

Masthaven Finance has today unveiled plans to become a new UK retail bank.

14 Oct 2015

Intelliflo to launch digital advice portal for advisers

Intelliflo to launch digital advice portal for advisers

Intelliflo has revealed plans to provide advisers with a simplified advice service, enabling advisers to service a broad base of clients, regardless of the size of their assets.

14 Oct 2015

Average IHT bill tops £170,000

Average IHT bill tops £170,000

Estates liable for inheritance tax in the UK in 2012-2013 faced an average bill of more than £170,000 each - an increase of almost £5,000 or 3% according to analysis of HMRC data by Prudential.

14 Oct 2015

Over half of Brits are inadvertently aiding fraudsters

Over half of Brits are inadvertently aiding fraudsters

Over a third of people (35%) think they could be defrauded by being tricked into handing over personal information.

14 Oct 2015

Fleet Mortgages announces criteria changes

Fleet Mortgages announces criteria changes

Fleet Mortgages has announced a series of criteria changes which offer increased flexibility for brokers and their clients.

13 Oct 2015

Former JP Morgan banker to replace Jenkins as Barclays CEO

Former JP Morgan banker to replace Jenkins as Barclays CEO

Barclays is set to name former JP Morgan banker Jes Staley as its new Chief Executive after a three-month search, according to reports.

13 Oct 2015

Freedom Finance gains full FCA authorisation

Freedom Finance gains full FCA authorisation

Freedom Finance has received full authorisation by the FCA ahead of the introduction of the European Mortgage Credit Directive, which will affect the advising and selling standards for second charge mortgage brokers from 21 March 2016.

13 Oct 2015

SimplyBiz's subsidiary companies cause £5.5m loss

SimplyBiz's subsidiary companies cause £5.5m loss

SimplyBiz has reported a £5.5m pre-tax loss for 2014, despite increasing turnover from £17.6 million in 2013 to £26.8 million.

13 Oct 2015

 

Virgin Money launches new home insurance range

Virgin Money launches new home insurance range

Virgin Money has today launched a new range of home insurance policies, guaranteeing to provide its best possible price for renewal at the first time of asking.

13 Oct 2015

FCA agrees to annual board review after closed-book blunder

FCA agrees to annual board review after closed-book blunder

The FCA have responded to a Treasury Select Committee report which criticised the regulator's handling of market sensitive information by agreeing to all of the TSC's 22 recommendations, including a programme of annual reviews.

13 Oct 2015

Regional differences create house price plateau

Regional differences create house price plateau

UK average house prices increased by 5.2% over the year to August 2015, unchanged from 5.2% in the year to July 2015 according to the latest ONS house price index.

13 Oct 2015

Mortgage lending sees yearly uptick: CML

Mortgage lending sees yearly uptick: CML

First-time buyers, home movers, home-owner remortgage and buy-to-let all saw a monthly decline in lending in August but an uptick (significant for buy-to-let) compared to August 2014, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

13 Oct 2015

Inflation turns negative as prices drop 0.1%

Inflation turns negative as prices drop 0.1%

The Consumer Prices Index fell by 0.1% in the year to September 2015, compared to no change in the year to August 2015, according to the latest ONS statistics.

13 Oct 2015

Mortgage accessibility issues continue for FTBs

Mortgage accessibility issues continue for FTBs

Just 12% of UK adults believe access to mortgages has improved in the past five years - a considerable drop of 17% from a year ago when Precise Mortgages carried out the same research.

13 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Alan Cleary, Precise Mortgages

FSE London 2015 - Alan Cleary, Precise Mortgages

We spoke to Alan Cleary, MD of Precise Mortgages, at the recent FSE London 2015, where he discussed Precise's decision to obtain a banking licence and how he envisages the buy to let market evolving.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Brian Coulton, Source Insurance

FSE London 2015 - Brian Coulton, Source Insurance

We spoke to Brian Coulton of Source Insurance at the recent FSE London 2015, where he shared his thoughts on diversity in the general insurance market and the Consumer Rights Act.

12 Oct 2015

Protection Review appoints Roger Edwards as Marketing Director

Protection Review appoints Roger Edwards as Marketing Director

Protection Review, the independent protection consultancy established in 2003 by Co-chairmen Peter Le Beau and Andy Couchman, has appointed Roger Edwards as Marketing Director.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Christine Newell, Paradigm Mortgage Services

FSE London 2015 - Christine Newell, Paradigm Mortgage Services

We spoke to Christine Newell of Paradigm Mortgage Services at the recent FSE London 2015, where she shared her thoughts on lending to older borrowers, the effects of the upcoming MCD on life for brokers, and interest-only mortgages.

12 Oct 2015

Rob Jupp: Beating financial crime

Rob Jupp: Beating financial crime

Fraud continues to be the real burning issue of the moment. At the ASTL conference on the 1st October Jonathan Newman of Brightstone Law said that he believes that mortgage fraud now exceeds £1billion, although he said that no one really knows the true extent as, understandably, few lenders will reveal the actual extent of the fraud they have suffered.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Joshua Elash, MT Finance

FSE London 2015 - Joshua Elash, MT Finance

We spoke to Joshua Elash of MT Finance at the recent FSE London 2015, where he shared his thoughts on the changing perceptions of bridging lending and record lending volumes.

12 Oct 2015

Specialist lending - does it need an image change?

Specialist lending - does it need an image change?

In the past, specialist lending was often perceived in a negative light as it aroused thoughts of cutting corners to complete a deal, a place where override payments thrived and loans were offered to unsuitable borrowers.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property

FSE London 2015 - Kate Faulkner, Designs on Property

We spoke to property expert Kate Faulkner at the recent FSE London 2015, where she shared her thoughts on the mood in the buy to let market and the rise of the 'silver landlord'.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Mark Collar, Leeds Building Society

FSE London 2015 - Mark Collar, Leeds Building Society

We spoke to Mark Collar of Leeds Building Society at the recent FSE London 2015, covering interest-only mortgages, mutuals in the mortgage market, and communications between lenders and brokers.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Matthew Tooth, LendInvest

FSE London 2015 - Matthew Tooth, LendInvest

We spoke to Matthew Tooth of LendInvest at the recent FSE London 2015, where he discussed their rebrand, emerging technology in the lending market, and peer-to-peer finance.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Robert Sinclair, Association of Mortgage Intermediaries

FSE London 2015 - Robert Sinclair, Association of Mortgage Intermediaries

We spoke to Robert Sinclair, chief executive of the AMI, at the recent FSE London 2015, where he shared his thoughts about life post-MCD for brokers, adapting to change in the industry, and the AMI's plans for the next twelve months.

12 Oct 2015

FSE London 2015 - Roger Morris, Precise

FSE London 2015 - Roger Morris, Precise

We spoke to Roger Morris of Precise at the recent FSE London 2015, where he discussed changes to second charge regulation and what's happening in the buy to let sector.

12 Oct 2015

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