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The Lending Wizard announces new second charge loans team

The Lending Wizard announces new second charge loans team

Freedom Finance’s loan sourcing portal, The Lending Wizard, has refreshed its team as the secured loan sector moves towards the landmark £1billion UK market volume barrier.

19 Feb 2015

Pension reforms "no excuse for fee rises"

Pension reforms "no excuse for fee rises"

The pension provider Liberty SIPP has today published full details of the fees it will charge its customers after the April pension reforms.

19 Feb 2015

N&P launches new mortgage range

N&P launches new mortgage range

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society is today launching two new mortgages with no product fee.

19 Feb 2015

UK needs 800 new equity release advisers by 2020

UK needs 800 new equity release advisers by 2020

The UK needs to recruit an extra 800 qualified equity release specialists by 2020 to meet growing demand, according to new research by equity release adviser firm Bower Retirement Services.

19 Feb 2015

Shawbrook Bank to host specialist lending sessions for intermediaries

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Shawbrook Bank to host specialist lending sessions for intermediaries

Shawbrook Bank has signed up with Financial Services Expo to launch a new feature - the Shawbrook Bank Academy.

19 Feb 2015

Hinckley & Rugby advances up 8%

Hinckley & Rugby advances up 8%

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society increased its mortgage advances 8% to £111.9 million in the 12 months to the end of November 2014, up from 2013’s £103.7 million.

19 Feb 2015

CML: gross mortgage lending declines in January

CML: gross mortgage lending declines in January

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £14.3 billion in January - a 14% decrease from December’s gross lending total (£16.6 billion) and 11% lower than the £16.1 billion lent in January last year.

19 Feb 2015

FCA to launch investment banking investigation

FCA to launch investment banking investigation

The Financial Conduct Authority today announced plans to launch its first wholesale market study into investment and corporate banking to assess whether competition in the sector is working properly.

19 Feb 2015

The Melton joins 'mortgage prisoner' drive

The Melton joins 'mortgage prisoner' drive

The Melton Building Society is the latest lender to announce a programme of mortgage lending for borrowers who have been let down by other lenders as a result of stricter rules imposed in 2014 by the Mortgage Market Review.

19 Feb 2015

Brightstar launches 'Made Easy' initiative following rebrand

Brightstar launches 'Made Easy' initiative following rebrand

Brightstar, the hub for specialist lending, has embarked on a marketing initiative to engage with the intermediary market in 2015.

19 Feb 2015

 

Why I Love #FRAwards - More 2 Life

Why I Love #FRAwards - More 2 Life

In last year's Financial Reporter Industry Awards, More 2 Life won best equity release lender.

18 Feb 2015

Hargreaves Lansdown unveils new drawdown plan

Hargreaves Lansdown unveils new drawdown plan

Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK’s first company to unveil the terms of its New Drawdown plan for 6th April 2015.

18 Feb 2015

Hinckley & Rugby appoints new non-exec directors

Hinckley & Rugby appoints new non-exec directors

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has announced Gary Wilkinson and David Woodward as new non-executive directors of its board.

18 Feb 2015

2014 saw pre-crisis growth levels

2014 saw pre-crisis growth levels

The Office for National Statistics' Quarterly GDP Update confirmed that the UK economy grew by 0.5% in the final quarter of 2014, resulting in a growth rate of 2.6% for 2014 as a whole - the strongest calendar year rate of growth since 2007.

18 Feb 2015

BoE: Bank rate could fall below 0.5%

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BoE: Bank rate could fall below 0.5%

During the latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting, the MPC discussed cutting Bank Rate further towards zero from its current level of 0.5%.

18 Feb 2015

Intermediaries call for more efficient mortgage application process

Intermediaries call for more efficient mortgage application process

Intermediaries’ desire for more efficient and transparent mortgage application processing is not yet being matched by lenders’ provision, according to the inaugural edition of the Intermediary Mortgage Survey, conducted by IRESS.

18 Feb 2015

Keystone reduces BTL rates

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Keystone reduces BTL rates

Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has reduced its five year fixed rates by 0.20% in both its Classic and Premier ranges.

18 Feb 2015

Prime London in "serious trouble"

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Prime London in "serious trouble"

Online estate agent eMoov.co.uk have raised concerns over the decline of the prime central London property market throughout 2014, identifying the shortcomings of the market and the drop in demand for properties in Zone 1 and 2 in particular.

18 Feb 2015

TMA expands member support team

TMA expands member support team

Ian Clarke is to join TMA as a key account manager, to help support and develop TMA’s members across the UK.

18 Feb 2015

Omega launches secured loans division

Omega launches secured loans division

Omega have expanded their offering and service to intermediaries and their clients by launching into the secured loans market.

18 Feb 2015

Time to spread the word of equity release

Time to spread the word of equity release

I read a previous blog on here by Chris Prior that talked about equity release still facing an uphill struggle to change public perception. That’s true, although I do believe significant inroads have been made.

17 Feb 2015

Equity Release: Let’s walk before we can run

Equity Release: Let’s walk before we can run

The revival of equity release is not surprising for a whole host of reasons and let’s hope success continues to breed success.

17 Feb 2015

Aldermore extends mortgage range following record year

Aldermore extends mortgage range following record year

From today, Aldermore has extended the range of buy to let and owner occupied mortgage products it offers.

17 Feb 2015

Friends Life calls for fairer pension tax relief

Friends Life calls for fairer pension tax relief

Friends Life has welcomed the debate around pension tax relief, sparked by recent comments made by Pensions Minister Steve Webb.

17 Feb 2015

Intermediaries show confidence in mortgage market

Intermediaries show confidence in mortgage market

Buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages’ latest intermediary research revealed that, in Q4 2014, intermediaries’ showed greater confidence in the mortgage market going into 2015.

17 Feb 2015

Virgin reduces mortgage rates by up to 0.80%

Virgin reduces mortgage rates by up to 0.80%

Virgin Money has today launched a new mortgage range that is available through all intermediaries registered with a Virgin Money national account.

17 Feb 2015

Kevin Paterson: Regulation, falling insurance premiums and... garden gnomes

Kevin Paterson: Regulation, falling insurance premiums and... garden gnomes

The Source's Kevin Paterson gives his rundown of this month in the insurance market.

17 Feb 2015

SortRefer launches will referral service

SortRefer launches will referral service

SortRefer, the intermediary online portal, has launched a new will referral service to run alongside its conveyancing proposition.

17 Feb 2015

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