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Private equity firm plans Towergate takeover

Private equity firm plans Towergate takeover

A US-based private equity firm is reportedly planning £715m debt-for-equity deal to acquire insurance broker Towergate, after previously purchasing some of the company’s senior loans.

29 Dec 2014

Prime London prices absorb stamp duty changes

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Prime London prices absorb stamp duty changes

Knight Frank's Prime central London sales & lettings indices for December has shown that the market has begun to absorb stamp duty changes.

29 Dec 2014

Industry predicts housing shortage crisis to worsen

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Industry predicts housing shortage crisis to worsen

National Association of Estate Agent members do not believe that the recent Government announcements to build more new homes will be enough to meet demand in 2015.

29 Dec 2014

A third of savers prefer ISAs

A third of savers prefer ISAs

Research commissioned by a group of industry professionals has revealed that a third of existing savers prefer simple, tax efficient products such as ISAs, and a quarter would invest in one if they had an additional £50 per month spare.

29 Dec 2014

Protection sales up 6% since Q2

Protection sales up 6% since Q2

The latest Aviva Family Finance Report has revealed that more families are taking steps to protect their families from the unexpected, with increasing numbers taking out life insurance, income protection and critical illness cover.

29 Dec 2014

Increasing numbers fear mortgage rate rises

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Increasing numbers fear mortgage rate rises

The latest Aviva Family Finance Report has revealed that UK families are struggling to manage their finances, as incomes and debts rise in tandem.

29 Dec 2014

Greenwich tops house price rises

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Greenwich tops house price rises

Greenwich saw the biggest annual rise in house prices among major UK towns and cities, according to research by Halifax.

29 Dec 2014

FTB sales hit post-crisis high

FTB sales hit post-crisis high

Falling mortgage rates in November saw house completions hit a post-recession record high, according to the latest First Time Buyer Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains.

26 Dec 2014

Merry Christmas from Financial Reporter!

Merry Christmas from Financial Reporter!

Before we wrap up here and tuck into a mince pie and a glass of sherry, we'd like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and say a big thank you for all your support during what has been a fantastic 2014.

24 Dec 2014

In the Spotlight with Carolyn Thornley-Yates, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society

In the Spotlight with Carolyn Thornley-Yates, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society

We spoke to Business Development Manager, Carolyn Thornley-Yates, of Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, about the future of the mortgage market and the relationship between lenders and intermediaries.

24 Dec 2014

 

Annual GDP growth revised down

Annual GDP growth revised down

The Office for National Statistics today confirmed that UK gross domestic product increased by 0.7% between Q2 2014 and Q3 2014, unrevised from the previous estimate of GDP published 26 November 2014.

23 Dec 2014

BBA: ISA deposits up 38% following reforms

BBA: ISA deposits up 38% following reforms

The BBA’s November High Street Banking statistics showed that ISA deposits in the year to November were 38% higher than in the previous 12-month period.

23 Dec 2014

BBA: House purchase approvals down 20%

BBA: House purchase approvals down 20%

The BBA’s November High Street Banking statistics showed a 5.5% decrease in gross mortgage borrowing compared to the same month last year.

23 Dec 2014

Tailoring your communications to enage equity release customers

Tailoring your communications to enage equity release customers

‘Know your customer’ is a marketing mantra that is often thrown around, especially in financial services circles.

23 Dec 2014

Asset lender sees 20% increase in December

Asset lender sees 20% increase in December

Alternative lender, HNW Lending, has seen a 20% increase in loan enquiries in December as wealthy individuals who are cash poor look to secure short-term credit against their valuable assets before Christmas.

23 Dec 2014

First banker arrested over forex scandal

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First banker arrested over forex scandal

A former RBS trader has become the first UK banker to be arrested on suspicion of rigging the £3.5trillion a day foreign exchange market.

22 Dec 2014

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks launch new mortgage rates

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks launch new mortgage rates

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have today launched new mortgage rates including 2, 3 and 5 year fixed rate deals, and a £1000 cashback mortgage offer for homebuyers.

22 Dec 2014

Property prices at two-year high

Property prices at two-year high

The average UK property price has hit its highest level in over two years, up 7.8% annually and 0.6% on the month in November 2014, according to research by Haart.

22 Dec 2014

Confidence in housing market increases

Confidence in housing market increases

The latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report has found that consumer confidence is at its highest score on record, with confidence in the housing market up five percentage points.

22 Dec 2014

London property demand down 28%

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London property demand down 28%

eMoov's quarterly Property Hotspots Index has revealed that the property market has cooled by 8% since February, with demand in London dropping 28%.

22 Dec 2014

FSE London 2014: MMR and how implementation will shape the new market - Lynda Blackwell, FCA

FSE London 2014: MMR and how implementation will shape the new market - Lynda Blackwell, FCA

Lynda Blackwell of the FCA gave a seminar at the FSE London expo on how MMR implementation is shaping the mortgage market, and what we can expect from the future.

19 Dec 2014

2015 - heralding a shift in the later life advice sector

2015 - heralding a shift in the later life advice sector

While 2014 still has half a month to run, it’s very difficult at this time of year not to look ahead to what is coming over the horizon in 2015.

19 Dec 2014

Bring on the new - but don't forget your existing client bank

Bring on the new - but don't forget your existing client bank

There are many important elements to any advisory business however, apart from you, the most valuable is undoubtedly your existing client bank.

19 Dec 2014

What does 2015 hold for advisers and the pensions market?

What does 2015 hold for advisers and the pensions market?

David Hughes, Managing Director at Jessop Fund Managers discusses his predictions for the pensions market in 2015 and the landscape for income drawdown as we move into a New Year with greater pension freedom.

19 Dec 2014

FCA fines insurance broker £1.8m

FCA fines insurance broker £1.8m

The Financial Conduct Authority has fined JLT Specialty Limited, which provides insurance broking and risk management services, over £1.8million for failing to effectively guard against the risk of bribery or corruption when making overseas payments.

19 Dec 2014

RICS: house prices to rise by 3%

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RICS: house prices to rise by 3%

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has forecast house prices increases of 3% in 2015.

19 Dec 2014

LV= plans Teachers Assurance takeover

LV= plans Teachers Assurance takeover

LV= has agreed to take over Teachers Provident Society, which trades as Teachers Assurance, from early 2016.

19 Dec 2014

Advisers expect equity release sector to double

Advisers expect equity release sector to double

70% of advisers expect the equity release market to continue to grow over the next six months, according to research by Bower Retirement Services, up 10% from Q3.

19 Dec 2014

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