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Financial advice can boost retirement target by almost 50%

Financial advice can boost retirement target by almost 50%

Old Mutual Wealth's first Retirement Income Uncovered report has shown that advice can deliver 49% uplift to retirement income.

08 Dec 2014

Bridging growth due to property investors and businesses not home owners

Bridging growth due to property investors and businesses not home owners

[Special feature from Jonathan Sealey of Hope Capital]

08 Dec 2014

Platform launches lowest ever two-year fix

Platform launches lowest ever two-year fix

Platform, the intermediary mortgage lending subsidiary of The Co-operative Bank, has launched its lowest ever two-year fixed rate mortgage at 1.64%.

08 Dec 2014

FCA issue review of fines after record-breaking year

FCA issue review of fines after record-breaking year

The FCA is to review its fines policy after the level of financial penalties imposed by the regulator has more than tripled in a year.

08 Dec 2014

The Loans Engine adds Affirmative Finance to panel

The Loans Engine adds Affirmative Finance to panel

Secured loans specialist The Loans Engine has welcomed Affirmative Finance to its panel of niche lenders.

08 Dec 2014

miLoan sourcing system registers 6000th user

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miLoan sourcing system registers 6000th user

miLoanbroker.com, the free secured loans sourcing system provided by Y3S Loans, has registered over 6000 broker users who collectively have generated £1.5bn in loan quotes and who have earned well over £1m of commission for their introductions.

08 Dec 2014

79% of FS firms say regulations hamper business

79% of FS firms say regulations hamper business

More than three-quarters (79%) of financial services firms in the UK feel regulation is severely hampering their ability to behave competitively in the market, according to research released today by BDO, the world’s fifth-largest accountancy firm.

08 Dec 2014

Tenet launches consumer credit compliance service

Tenet launches consumer credit compliance service

Tenet has launched a new consumer credit compliance service for financial advisers.

08 Dec 2014

BoE: Most borrowers could cope with rate rise

BoE: Most borrowers could cope with rate rise

Economists at the Bank of England have said that the majority of mortgage borrowers could cope with a 2% increase in interest rates.

08 Dec 2014

Savers shouldn't fall into ISA reforms 'trap'

Savers shouldn't fall into ISA reforms 'trap'

Following the announcement in this year's Autumn Statement that ISAs can be passed on to spouses tax-free, Ian Dyall, head of estate planning at Towry, has said that while this is great news for some in terms of saving income tax and capital gains tax payments for the surviving spouse, it isn’t necessarily as useful a tax break as it may first seem.

08 Dec 2014

 

SortRefer: Stamp Duty changes will cause inaccurate quotations

SortRefer: Stamp Duty changes will cause inaccurate quotations

SortRefer, the online conveyancing portal, is concerned that many brokers will be unable to quote accurately as the changes could take many conveyancing providers days or even weeks to respond.

08 Dec 2014

Ageas and Tesco Bank extend insurance partnership

Ageas and Tesco Bank extend insurance partnership

Ageas UK and Tesco Bank have agreed to continue their motor and household insurance partnership.

08 Dec 2014

Santander: 4m stuck in first homes

Santander: 4m stuck in first homes

Over four million young homeowners are unwillingly stuck in properties with little hope of moving in the next two years, according to new research from Santander Mortgages.

08 Dec 2014

3mc announces record year

3mc announces record year

3mc has today confirmed that they have processed £1.6bn of enquiries and completed nearly £270 million of mortgages in the year to date.

08 Dec 2014

Platform services still not meeting adviser expectations

Platform services still not meeting adviser expectations

Defaqto, an independent researcher of financial products, has published a new review of platform service.

05 Dec 2014

Jerrold Holdings win corporate choir competition

Jerrold Holdings win corporate choir competition

A 20-strong team from specialist lender, Jerrold Holdings, has been crowned winner of Hallé’s highly contended Corporate Choir Competition, beating off strong competition from Siemens, First Transpennine Express, PZ Cussons, PwC and ITC Luxury Travel.

05 Dec 2014

Advisers fear pensions freedom reversal

Advisers fear pensions freedom reversal

A survey of 300 financial advisers reveals a real concern that the new pensions regime might not survive a change of Government in May 2015, says investment platform provider AJ Bell.

05 Dec 2014

Property values rise by over £100,000 in areas with largest employment gains

Property values rise by over £100,000 in areas with largest employment gains

Average house prices in the 20 top performing employment areas have risen by 45% over the past decade – more than double national average of 21%.

05 Dec 2014

19% consider taking out credit without repaying

19% consider taking out credit without repaying

New YouGov research commissioned by credit information provider, Equifax, sheds light on consumer attitudes to repaying debts.

05 Dec 2014

Homebuyers' decision takes 38 minutes

Homebuyers' decision takes 38 minutes

Latest property insight from online estate agent eMoov.co.uk has found that on average it takes just 38 minutes to make a decision to buy a home.

05 Dec 2014

MAB signs sponsorship deal with Derby County FC

MAB signs sponsorship deal with Derby County FC

Mortgage Advice Bureau has announced a 3 year sponsorship deal with Derby County Football Club that sees the independent mortgage broker network become the Championship side's preferred mortgage partner.

05 Dec 2014

In the Spotlight with David Gilman, Blacks Connect

In the Spotlight with David Gilman, Blacks Connect

We spoke to David Gilman of Blacks Connect about sourcing systems, targeting clients in need of legal advice and the challenges and opportunities in the conveyancing market.

05 Dec 2014

Secured lending sees best month since 2008

Secured lending sees best month since 2008

The Secured Loan Index, released by Loans Warehouse, has shown that October sees the trend of increased annual lending continue with a total of £65,537,155 lent.

05 Dec 2014

Sensible win Blemain's 'Broker of the Month'

Sensible win Blemain's 'Broker of the Month'

Sensible Home Finance have this month been announced as the ‘Broker of the Month’ from Blemain Finance for the month of October.

04 Dec 2014

Fleet appoints Connells as valuation panel manager

Fleet appoints Connells as valuation panel manager

Fleet Mortgages, the new buy-to-let and specialist lender, has today announced it has appointed Connells Survey & Valuation as its valuation panel manager.

04 Dec 2014

Government announces financial boost for poorest pensioners

Government announces financial boost for poorest pensioners

The basic State Pension is to rise by around double the rate of inflation, the government has confirmed, helping to give people increased financial security and peace of mind in retirement.

04 Dec 2014

BoE maintains bank rate at 0.5%

BoE maintains bank rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee at its meeting today voted to maintain Bank Rate at 0.5%.

04 Dec 2014

Labour to continue mansion tax plans

Labour to continue mansion tax plans

In the wake of the Autumn Statement, Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has announced that he would persist with mansion tax plans if Labour wins the next general election.

04 Dec 2014

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