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DeVere: BTL stamp duty hike an "ineffective political stunt"

DeVere: BTL stamp duty hike an "ineffective political stunt"

George Osborne's clampdown on buy-to-let investors will be "ineffective for its purported aims" according to Mike Coady, who heads deVere Group's Mortgages brand.

02 Dec 2015

The rise of mortgage incentives

The rise of mortgage incentives

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are merely two days, although the build up seems to last longer and longer each year. Whilst some people may hate this recent phenomenon, others are primed to fill their boots with the 'bargains' on offer.

02 Dec 2015

Virgin cuts residential and BTL rates by up to 0.35%

Virgin cuts residential and BTL rates by up to 0.35%

Virgin Money has cut interest rates on higher LTV fixed rate residential products by up to 0.36%, and on buy-to-let rates by up to 0.35%.

02 Dec 2015

LMS partners with The Right Mortgage & Protection Network

LMS partners with The Right Mortgage & Protection Network

LMS has announced a new partnership with The Right Mortgage and Protection Network.

02 Dec 2015

Savers urged to switch as challengers offer four times more interest

Savers urged to switch as challengers offer four times more interest

More than a fifth (21%) of UK adults with savings are earning less than 0.5% interest and could be earning more than four times as much interest with a challenger bank, according to Charter Savings Bank.

02 Dec 2015

Government urged to prevent self-employed pension collapse

Government urged to prevent self-employed pension collapse

Pension provision among the UK's self-employed has collapsed, storing up future income problems for individuals and welfare problems for the taxpayer, according to Hargreaves Lansdown.

02 Dec 2015

Top 1,000 conveyancers see activity surge in Q3

Top 1,000 conveyancers see activity surge in Q3

Growth among the top 1,000 conveyancing firms outperformed the rest of the market for the first time this year during Q3 2015, according to research from Search Acumen.

02 Dec 2015

Help to Buy ISA: a round-up of rates

Help to Buy ISA: a round-up of rates

From today, first-time buyers can take advantage of the government's Help to Buy ISA scheme.

01 Dec 2015

Stamp duty changes - from feast to famine?

Stamp duty changes - from feast to famine?

Like many I listened to last week's Autumn Statement with mouth agape, especially when the buy-to-let stamp duty fly in the ointment was announced. Having returned a Conservative Government, I suspect many landlords would have thought their demonisation might have been put on hold, however it appears that George Osborne also believes this group is responsible for many of the housing market's woes and therefore deserves to be punished further.

01 Dec 2015

Platform launches lowest ever intermediary two-year fix

Platform launches lowest ever intermediary two-year fix

Platform, the intermediary lender of The Co-operative Bank, has launched the lowest ever two year fixed rate deal at 90% LTV for house purchases, according to Moneyfacts.co.uk records.

01 Dec 2015

 

Ensuring powerful introducer relationships

Ensuring powerful introducer relationships

Having held, and attended, plenty of industry events in my time, I can pretty much guarantee that the most-asked question between the adviser peer group is, 'Where do you get your business from?' For all advisers I suspect this is the $64,000 question and it is one that will exercise the mind of all concerned up to, and probably beyond, retirement.

01 Dec 2015

Masthaven launches new 3 year fixed rates

Masthaven launches new 3 year fixed rates

Masthaven Secured Loans has launched a new range of 3 year fixed rates across its secured loan and buy to let products.

01 Dec 2015

Accord appoints Charles Canning as Managing Director

Accord appoints Charles Canning as Managing Director

Accord Mortgages has announced the appointment of Charles Canning as Managing Director.

01 Dec 2015

The Newcastle offers 1.5% Help to Buy ISA rate

The Newcastle offers 1.5% Help to Buy ISA rate

The Newcastle's Help to Buy ISA comes with a rate of up to 1.50% and can be opened with an initial deposit of up to £1,200.

01 Dec 2015

Virgin Money launches 3% Help to Buy ISA

Virgin Money launches 3% Help to Buy ISA

Virgin Money has today launched its Help to Buy ISA, offering an interest rate of 3%.

01 Dec 2015

Carney announces new capital requirement for banks

Carney announces new capital requirement for banks

The Bank of England has announced that it will be introducing a new capital buffer for banks which will be 'flexed up and down as risks wax and wane' in order to ensure the banking system can withstand stress without restricting the supply of credit to the real economy.

01 Dec 2015

RBS and Standard Chartered show capital inadequacies in BoE stress tests

RBS and Standard Chartered show capital inadequacies in BoE stress tests

Both RBS Group and Standard Chartered fell below minimum capital requirements in the Bank of England's 2015 stress test results.

01 Dec 2015

Santander announces Help to Buy ISA rates

Santander announces Help to Buy ISA rates

First time buyers across the UK can now take advantage of Santander's new Help to Buy ISA launched today as part of the Government's new initiative to help people saving for their first home.

01 Dec 2015

2015: a year of preparation for MCD?

2015: a year of preparation for MCD?

As we approach the end of 2015 I think it's always nice to take a look back over the last 12 months and the defining moments of the year.

30 Nov 2015

Tipton BS joins MCI Mortgage Club

Tipton BS joins MCI Mortgage Club

Tipton & Coseley Building Society has become the latest lender to join the MCI Mortgage Club panel.

30 Nov 2015

Aldermore's Help to Buy ISA to offer a rate of 2%

Aldermore's Help to Buy ISA to offer a rate of 2%

Aldermore has announced that its new Help to Buy ISA product will offer savers an interest rate of 2%.

30 Nov 2015

BoE to extend Funding for Lending Scheme

BoE to extend Funding for Lending Scheme

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have announced a two-year extension to the Funding for Lending Scheme.

30 Nov 2015

Trader given 13 year bankruptcy restriction after record FCA fine

Trader given 13 year bankruptcy restriction after record FCA fine

Following an investigation by the Insolvency Service, Gurpreet Singh Chadda has received a 13 year bankruptcy restriction for breaching the FCA's regulations relating to 'sale and rent back' agreements.

30 Nov 2015

Government to launch New Bank Start-Up Unit

Government to launch New Bank Start-Up Unit

The government has announced a new aim to boost competition in banking with the establishment of a New Bank Start-Up Unit to make it easier for banks to enter the market.

30 Nov 2015

Bright Grey rebrands to Royal London

Bright Grey rebrands to Royal London

Royal London has announced that its protection business, Bright Grey, has now become Royal London.

30 Nov 2015

October mortgage sales growth falls 8.5%

October mortgage sales growth falls 8.5%

Mortgage sales growth has significantly slowed in the past month, according to analysis by Equifax Touchstone.

30 Nov 2015

FCA warns advisers on risks of outsourcing advice

FCA warns advisers on risks of outsourcing advice

Firms that are approached to delegate their regulated activities, such as providing pension switching advice, to an unauthorised third party need to be aware of "serious implications", according to the FCA.

30 Nov 2015

BoE: remortgage approvals dip in October

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BoE: remortgage approvals dip in October

Net mortgage lending increased by £3.6 billion in October, compared to the average monthly increase of £2.8 billion over the previous six months. according to the latest Bank of England Money and Credit report.

30 Nov 2015

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