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Standard Life drops drawdown charges

Standard Life drops drawdown charges

Standard Life today announced the removal of the charges currently applied to its flexible drawdown product as it prepares for pension freedom.

05 Mar 2015

FCA fines "misleading" Bank of Beirut UK £2.1m

FCA fines "misleading" Bank of Beirut UK £2.1m

The Bank of Beirut UK Ltd has been fined £2.1m by the Financial Conduct Authority and stopped from acquiring new customers from high-risk jurisdictions for 126 days.

05 Mar 2015

Pensions to purchase buy-to-let not viable, warns IFA

Pensions to purchase buy-to-let not viable, warns IFA

The buy-to-let market is unlikely to be flooded with people emptying their pension pots, says retirement specialist Portal Financial.

05 Mar 2015

FTBs finding feet in property market

FTBs finding feet in property market

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ Annual First Time Buyers Survey has revealed that less than half (46%) of the nation’s first time buyers needed help in saving for their deposit in 2014, compared with 63% in 2013 and more than three quarters (78%) in 2012.

05 Mar 2015

Duff & Phelps joins the ASTL

Duff & Phelps joins the ASTL

The Association of Short Term Lenders has been joined by another new associate member, Duff & Phelps, taking the ASTL’s membership to 28 and its associate membership numbers to 17.

05 Mar 2015

Available HTB homes down 7.4%

Available HTB homes down 7.4%

The number of properties on the market eligible for the government’s Help to Buy scheme has fallen 7.4% in the last year, according to property website Zoopla.co.uk.

05 Mar 2015

1.75m homeowners at risk of interest rate shock

1.75m homeowners at risk of interest rate shock

A UK financial capability charity have warned that more than 1.75m mortgaged households have never experienced a rise in the Bank of England base rate, putting them at risk of a financial shock when rates increase.

05 Mar 2015

Mortgage growth helps double Virgin Money profits

Mortgage growth helps double Virgin Money profits

Virgin Money have today announecd a "record performance" for 2014 in a landmark year for the business.

05 Mar 2015

TFC Homeloans receives full CCA permissions

TFC Homeloans receives full CCA permissions

National mortgage distributor, TFC Homeloans, is one of the first firms to be granted full CCA permissions by the Financial Conduct Authority.

05 Mar 2015

Halifax: house prices see second quarterly increase

Halifax: house prices see second quarterly increase

House prices in the three months December - February were 2.6% higher than in the previous three months, marking the second successive quarterly increase.

05 Mar 2015

 

First FSE Glasgow sees resounding success

First FSE Glasgow sees resounding success

The inaugural FSE Glasgow has been hailed a success, with 350 advisers doing business with over 40 exhibitors from across the financial services industry.

05 Mar 2015

Industry calls for permanent HTB2 replacement

Industry calls for permanent HTB2 replacement

Failing to replace the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee with a permanent mortgage indemnity scheme will push the first time buyer market back into decline, according to new research by the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.

05 Mar 2015

FSE Glasgow: MMR isn’t preventing lending to certain borrowers says FCA’s Lynda Blackwell

FSE Glasgow: MMR isn’t preventing lending to certain borrowers says FCA’s Lynda Blackwell

Speaking today at FSE Glasgow, the Financial Conduct Authority’s Lynda Blackwell responded to claims that the Mortgage Market Review has significantly affected certain lending areas.

04 Mar 2015

FSE Glasgow: experts say proc fees need debating – and brokers shouldn’t undervalue themselves

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FSE Glasgow: experts say proc fees need debating – and brokers shouldn’t undervalue themselves

A panel debate held at FSE Glasgow today saw a group of industry experts debate the future of procuration fees.

04 Mar 2015

Stephen Johnson: The UK Housing landscape – past and present

Stephen Johnson: The UK Housing landscape – past and present

There has been some discussion of late across national media around home ownership falling to its lowest level in the UK for the past 30 years, with the number of private renters soaring.

04 Mar 2015

FSE Glasgow: social advisers are key for protection market growth says Roger Edwards

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FSE Glasgow: social advisers are key for protection market growth says Roger Edwards

Speaking at today's Financial Services Expo Glasgow, protection expert Roger Edwards stressed the importance of technology in the market, arguing that existing protection product providers are unable to help market growth.

04 Mar 2015

Barclays launches new 1.55% fix

Barclays launches new 1.55% fix

Barclays have announced two mortgage product changes that come into effect on Thursday 5 March.

04 Mar 2015

Retirement income gender gap at its lowest since 2009

Retirement income gender gap at its lowest since 2009

Female retirees are preparing themselves to live on an income 25% lower than their male counterparts, however the gap is now at its narrowest since 2009 when Prudential first started tracking the difference between male and female retirement income expectations.

04 Mar 2015

Consumers call for separate P2P ISA

Consumers call for separate P2P ISA

Research published by the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association has shown wide support for a new Lending ISA.

04 Mar 2015

HTB helps avert a 5% drop in housebuilding

HTB helps avert a 5% drop in housebuilding

The Help to Buy equity loan scheme helped to avert a 5% drop in new housing completions in England last year, according to new analysis by Mortgage Advice Bureau.

04 Mar 2015

Saffron strengthens FTB and Contractor ranges

Saffron strengthens FTB and Contractor ranges

Saffron For Intermediaries has strengthened its residential mortgage range by launching a new 2-year discount for first-time buyers and cutting rates on its owner-occupier 3-year discounts which now include a new lower rate at 60% LTV.

04 Mar 2015

Income drawdown rockets by 42%

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Income drawdown rockets by 42%

New data from Selectapension reveals a 42% surge in the number of drawdown cases being analysed by advisers since the March 2014 Budget, highlighting that income drawdown is an increasingly popular choice amongst clients approaching retirement.

04 Mar 2015

Pension reform legislation receives Royal Assent

Pension reform legislation receives Royal Assent

The Pension Schemes Bill that enables the introduction of the government’s pension reforms has received Royal Assent.

04 Mar 2015

Only a quarter will seek retirement advice

Only a quarter will seek retirement advice

Just one in four over 50s plan to seek financial advice about how they fund retirement according to research by LV=.

04 Mar 2015

Specialist lending will be a "key battleground" in mortgage market

Specialist lending will be a "key battleground" in mortgage market

Specialist lending will be one of the key battlegrounds in the mortgage market over the next two years with new lenders launching and high street providers targeting the sector, according to research from Kensington.

04 Mar 2015

Nationwide launches lowest 10 year fix on market

Nationwide launches lowest 10 year fix on market

Nationwide is today launching the lowest 10-year fixed rate mortgage on the market, at 2.89% for new customers and 2.79% for existing customers.

04 Mar 2015

RBS to cut 14,000 investment banking jobs

RBS to cut 14,000 investment banking jobs

RBS plans to cut up to 14,000 investment banking jobs by 2019, equating to 80% of roles in the unit, as part of a restructure following a profit loss of £3.5bn in 2014.

04 Mar 2015

Evolution Money to launch new products at FSE Glasgow

Evolution Money to launch new products at FSE Glasgow

The inaugural Financial Services Expo Glasgow, which takes place today in the heart of the city’s financial district, is the first time the FSE has been located north of the border and marks the increasing popularity and recognition within the Financial Services industry of the high-profile annual events.

04 Mar 2015

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