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Just 5% of women 'on track for retirement they would like'

Just 5% of women 'on track for retirement they would like'

Aegon UK has released researched today showing that women are overwhelmingly behind when it comes to achieving the retirement they would like.

22 Sep 2015

Access 4 Finance launches new commission policy

Access 4 Finance launches new commission policy

Second charge master broker Access 4 Finance have today launched their new website and a new commission policy.

22 Sep 2015

FCA fines director £350,000 over disclosure failings

FCA fines director £350,000 over disclosure failings

The FCA has today published a Final Notice for Keydata’s former finance director, Craig McNeil, fining him £350,000

22 Sep 2015

FCA appoints new Chief Operating Officer

FCA appoints new Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority’s Acting Chief Executive Tracey McDermott today announced the final appointment to the FCA’s Executive Committee with Georgina Philippou becoming the new Chief Operating Officer.

22 Sep 2015

First Complete beats seasonal lending dip

First Complete beats seasonal lending dip

First Complete increased its mortgage completions by 66% and its life sales by 69% in August compared to the same month last year.

22 Sep 2015

CML reports 16% drop in outstanding interest-only loans

CML reports 16% drop in outstanding interest-only loans

Over the past two years, the total number of interest-only loans outstanding has fallen by over a quarter, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders - with a 16% reduction in the number of loans over the past year alone.

22 Sep 2015

Nationwide sets out 'minimal impact' MCD plans

Nationwide sets out 'minimal impact' MCD plans

Nationwide is setting out its approach to new rules to be implemented under the Mortgage Credit Directive – and believes that it will have minimal impact on its lending activity.

22 Sep 2015

Paradigm announce launch of second MCD implementation update

Paradigm announce launch of second MCD implementation update

Paradigm Mortgage Services has announced today that it has launched its second Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD) implementation update for advisory firms.

22 Sep 2015

SMP back new apprenticeship scheme for mortgage advisers

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SMP back new apprenticeship scheme for mortgage advisers

The Society of Mortgage Professionals have played a major role in helping to facilitate an innovative new scheme to establish a mortgage adviser apprenticeship programme.

22 Sep 2015

Zurich drops takeover of RSA Insurance

Zurich drops takeover of RSA Insurance

Zurich has dropped takeover talks with RSA Insurance, it revealed this morning.

22 Sep 2015

 

Mortgage rules leave two thirds in the dark

Mortgage rules leave two thirds in the dark

New research by Ocean Finance has found that the new mortgage rules, which were introduced last year, have left two-thirds of potential house buyers in the dark.

21 Sep 2015

Trigold founder launches LenderGateway software

Trigold founder launches LenderGateway software

APAC Systems has launched LenderGateway, a ground-breaking piece of mortgage technology, combining mortgage sourcing with a credit search, client management and case processing tool in one pioneering piece of MCD-ready software.

21 Sep 2015

Crystal launches multi-product sourcing system

Crystal launches multi-product sourcing system

Crystal Specialist Finance has launched eSource as its combined mortgage, secured loan and bridging online sourcing system for brokers, and urged intermediaries to adopt digital technology to maximise point-of-sale business.

21 Sep 2015

Safe & Secure launches broker app

Safe & Secure launches broker app

GI broker Safe & Secure has launched a new app to help brokers give clients an idea of price before submitting a lead.

21 Sep 2015

Shawbrook partners with TMA on second charge academies

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Shawbrook partners with TMA on second charge academies

Today sees the launch of a series of Shawbrook Academies in partnership with TMA, designed specifically for mortgage advisers across the UK to give them a more thorough understanding of the second charge market and how it’s changing following the implementation of the Mortgage Credit Directive in 2016.

21 Sep 2015

Dudley BS adds Connect Mortgage Club to panel

Dudley BS adds Connect Mortgage Club to panel

Dudley Building Society has announced that Connect Mortgage Club is the latest packager/distributor to join its panel of introducers.

21 Sep 2015

Two thirds now choosing drawdown over guaranteed annuities

Two thirds now choosing drawdown over guaranteed annuities

Five months on since Pension Freedoms Day, 59% of people are now choosing to guarantee the drawdown of their pension pots.

21 Sep 2015

Lenders 'must count overtime payments in income'

Lenders 'must count overtime payments in income'

Nearly one in five employees receive overtime payments at work boosting their annual income, new analysis conducted for specialist mortgage lender Kensington shows.

21 Sep 2015

Savers 'unprepared' for future shocks to retirement plans

Savers 'unprepared' for future shocks to retirement plans

More than two-fifths (42%) of pension savers aged 45-plus have made no plans to cushion the blows of future shocks to their retirement plans despite widespread concern about the costs of family and financial crises when they stop work, new research from MetLife shows.

21 Sep 2015

Specialist lender launches 'Together' rebrand

Specialist lender launches 'Together' rebrand

Together is the new name for the financial services group previously known as Jerrold Holdings.

21 Sep 2015

Equity release lifetime mortgage rates fall to seven-year low

Equity release lifetime mortgage rates fall to seven-year low

Record low interest rates and record high house prices mean there has never been a better time to take an equity release lifetime mortgage, according to Age Partnership.

19 Sep 2015

In the Spotlight with Steve Robinson, Marsden Building Society

In the Spotlight with Steve Robinson, Marsden Building Society

We spoke to Steve Robinson, Head of Lending at Marsden Building Society, about the growing need for products aimed at older borrowers, and the problems brokers might face post-MCD.

18 Sep 2015

L&G launch second charge lending panel

L&G launch second charge lending panel

Legal & General Mortgage Club is launching a second charge Master Broker panel today to help brokers ahead of the upcoming Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD).

18 Sep 2015

2015 will be record-breaking, but how far can equity release go?

2015 will be record-breaking, but how far can equity release go?

According to the Equity Release Council, the industry has once again set new records for lending and looks on course to set another annual lending record by smashing through the £1.4bn mark set in 2014.

18 Sep 2015

Jonathan Samuels leaves Dragonfly

Jonathan Samuels leaves Dragonfly

Octopus today announced that Jonathan Samuels, CEO of its property finance arm, Dragonfly Property Finance (Dragonfly), will be leaving the business to launch a new finance venture.

18 Sep 2015

Sentiment amongst property investors improves rapidly

Sentiment amongst property investors improves rapidly

In its latest UK Consensus Forecasts, research by the Investment Property Forum (IPF) found that sentiment had improved rapidly. Returns from City offices were estimated to hit 19.9% this year, a prediction up 3.5% between May and August.

18 Sep 2015

What can a financial adviser do to improve their customer service?

What can a financial adviser do to improve their customer service?

It is a turbulent time for the financial services industry. From the financial crash in 2008 to the pension reforms brought in this year, there are a large number of factors that could leave a potential client with little trust in the industry.

18 Sep 2015

Should investors replace pensions with buy-to-let?

Should investors replace pensions with buy-to-let?

Following the pension freedoms and with an interest rate rise looming, increasing numbers are being tempted to release lump sum pensions into buy-to-let property.

18 Sep 2015

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