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Accord launches 2.59% five-year fix

Accord launches 2.59% five-year fix

Accord Mortgages, part of the Yorkshire Building Society Group, is today launching two mortgages for borrowers with a 25% or 35% deposit looking for a rate fixed for five years.

27 Jan 2015

BBA: approvals up 9% in 2014

BBA: approvals up 9% in 2014

2014 saw 499,000 house purchase approvals, up 9% compared with 459,000 in 2013, but still 50% below 2002's peak according to the latest BBA figures.

27 Jan 2015

BoE appoints two Executive Directors

BoE appoints two Executive Directors

The Bank of England today announced two new appointments to its Executive Team.

27 Jan 2015

Annuity demand drops further 27% in Q4

Annuity demand drops further 27% in Q4

Annuity demand dropped in the final months of 2014 as consumers held back from decision making until after April’s reforms, according to the latest At Retirement Report by IRESS.

27 Jan 2015

Homeowners expect 7% price rise by summer

Homeowners expect 7% price rise by summer

Property owners expect values to climb a further 7% on average in the first six months of 2015, despite recent evidence of a slowdown in house price growth.

27 Jan 2015

Sesame announces national mortgage conference

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Sesame announces national mortgage conference

Sesame Bankhall Group has announced a new national conference for mortgage advisers which will be held on 1st July, and will include representation from over 40 lenders, insurers and support services providers.

27 Jan 2015

Lighthouse partners with Uinsure

Lighthouse partners with Uinsure

GI provider Uinsure has been selected by the new Lighthouse Mortgage & Protection Solutions proposition as the preferred GI provider for its advisers.

27 Jan 2015

Paradigm announces award winners

Paradigm announces award winners

Paradigm Mortgage Services, the mortgage services proposition, has announced the yearly winners of its Lender and Provider Awards.

26 Jan 2015

FCA: pension providers must give risk warnings

FCA: pension providers must give risk warnings

The Financial Conduct Authority has today outlined plans to introduce additional protection for those accessing their defined contribution pension pot from April.

26 Jan 2015

NatWest announces new sub-2% mortgage rates

NatWest announces new sub-2% mortgage rates

From tomorrow, NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be introducing four new higher fee/lower rate 60% LTV mortgage deals into its intermediary range.

26 Jan 2015

 

Platform launches its lowest ever mortgage rate

Platform launches its lowest ever mortgage rate

Platform has reduced its residential 2 year fixed rate to 1.59% from its previous record low of 1.64%.

26 Jan 2015

Mortgage Credit Directive legislation published

Mortgage Credit Directive legislation published

The government has today published the legislation which will incorporate new European regulations on mortgage lending into UK law.

26 Jan 2015

Barclays loosens BTL affordability criteria

Barclays loosens BTL affordability criteria

From today, Barclays will allow personal income to be accepted when assessing buy-to-let affordability.

26 Jan 2015

Paymentshield offers half price home emergency cover

Paymentshield offers half price home emergency cover

Paymentshield has announced that from today it will be offering a 50% discount on its Home Emergency cover which can be purchased as part of its Home Insurance product.

26 Jan 2015

ILC to push for Independent Pensions Commission

ILC to push for Independent Pensions Commission

The International Longevity Centre are today announcing plans to explore the case for a second Independent Pensions Commission as OBR projections reveal that rising public and private debt poses risk to long term saving rates.

26 Jan 2015

Carney: inflation will return to 2% by 2017

Carney: inflation will return to 2% by 2017

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said inflation could return to its 2% target within two years.

26 Jan 2015

Post Office launches "challenger" brand

Post Office launches "challenger" brand

The Post Office has today announced the launch of its new brand, Post Office Money, which will bring together all of its financial products under one umbrella in a bid to become the UK’s leading financial service challenger.

26 Jan 2015

Brightstar appoints first BDM

Brightstar appoints first BDM

Brightstar has appointed Chris Bennett as its first Business Development Manager to take the Brightstar message to the intermediary market.

26 Jan 2015

Aviva to offer free life cover to parents of under-fives

Aviva to offer free life cover to parents of under-fives

Advisers are being given an opportunity to protect selected clients at no cost to them, with a year of free life cover from Aviva worth £15,000 to each parent of a child aged under five.

26 Jan 2015

Retirees underestimate life expectancy by eight years

Retirees underestimate life expectancy by eight years

Britain’s savers are failing to estimate how long they are likely to live by up to eight years, with many likely to run out of money in their later years because they have under-budgeted according to research by Aviva.

25 Jan 2015

Partnership to hold pension forums

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Partnership to hold pension forums

Partnership is holding forums across the UK to help provide advisers with the support and information they need to advise their clients prior to the pension reforms.

23 Jan 2015

Low mortgage rates won't encourage market growth

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Low mortgage rates won't encourage market growth

UK house prices ended the year 8.3% up in 2014, up from 4.5% in 2013 and 1.1% in 2012, according to the Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index.

23 Jan 2015

In the Spotlight with Steve Stone, Commercial Director at Vertex Financial Services

In the Spotlight with Steve Stone, Commercial Director at Vertex Financial Services

We spoke to Steve Stone, Commercial Director at Vertex Financial Services, about challenges facing the industry post-MMR, and the hot topics in the mortgage market at the moment.

23 Jan 2015

NatWest joins MCI panel

NatWest joins MCI panel

NatWest has become the latest lender to join MCI Mortgage Club’s growing panel.

23 Jan 2015

Becoming successful in auto enrolment

Becoming successful in auto enrolment

There are another two huge spikes in auto-enrolment about to hit as over 45,000 employers are set to stage in 2015 and over 500,000 in 2016. This presents a huge opportunity for advisers to cement new relationships with businesses and individuals and generate new long term recurring revenue streams.

23 Jan 2015

Barclays launches lowest ever remortgages

Barclays launches lowest ever remortgages

From today, Barclays is launching its lowest ever limited edition fixed rate products exclusively available for customers remortgaging to Barclays.

23 Jan 2015

Establishing lender-intermediary dialogue to bring new products to the market

Establishing lender-intermediary dialogue to bring new products to the market

While the credit crunch seems a long time ago its impact continues to be felt in the UK mortgage market and, quite probably, always will.

23 Jan 2015

Virgin makes further rate cuts

Virgin makes further rate cuts

Virgin Money has further reduced interest rates on a number of residential mortgage products and also across its Intermediary Exclusive range.

23 Jan 2015

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