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A question of policy

A question of policy

So Parliament has been dissolved and the serious campaigning is underway as May’s general election fast approaches.

08 Apr 2015

CII launches pension freedoms programme

CII launches pension freedoms programme

The Chartered Insurance Institute has announced a new exam for financial planners and paraplanners following the recent pension freedoms.

08 Apr 2015

Accord cuts three-year fixed rates

Accord cuts three-year fixed rates

Accord Mortgages has today launched a new range of three-year fixed rate mortgages, including a 2.09% three-year fixed rate up to 65% loan-to-value.

08 Apr 2015

Can there be real innovation in the mortgage market?

Can there be real innovation in the mortgage market?

‘Innovation’ is a word that often gets bandied around the mortgage market – lenders say they want to deliver more innovation, insurance companies like ourselves say we want to support more innovation and intermediaries say they want to see more innovation.

08 Apr 2015

BoE: mortgage demand drops "significantly" in Q1

BoE: mortgage demand drops "significantly" in Q1

The latest Bank of England Credit Conditions Survey reported that mortgage demand decreased significantly in the first quarter of 2015, as it had in 2014 H2.

08 Apr 2015

SortRefer highlights BTL conveyancing following pension reforms

SortRefer highlights BTL conveyancing following pension reforms

SortRefer is ensuring that introducers who refer clients to its conveyancing panel have access to a comprehensive BTL service as new pension changes come into force.

08 Apr 2015

Kensington to offer brokers specialist mortgage advice

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Kensington to offer brokers specialist mortgage advice

Kensington has launched a major new campaign designed to help brokers write more specialist mortgage business.

08 Apr 2015

Complete FS joins Axis' launch panel

Complete FS joins Axis' launch panel

Complete FS has announced its association with Axis Bank UK, the new BTL lender, which has just launched its proposition.

08 Apr 2015

Concerns raised over SFO's effectiveness

Concerns raised over SFO's effectiveness

The Serious Fraud Office received 2,508 reports of suspected fraud or corruption via its whistleblower service in the last year, but concerns are being raised that the organisation has insufficient resources to pursue these leads according to international law firm Pinsent Masons.

07 Apr 2015

Lighthouse adopts MortgageBrain Classic

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Lighthouse adopts MortgageBrain Classic

Lighthouse Mortgage and Protection Solutions has selected Mortgage Brain’s sourcing system, MortgageBrain Classic, as its preferred mortgage sourcing technology solution.

07 Apr 2015

 

Axis Bank UK to launch this month

Axis Bank UK to launch this month

Axis Bank UK will open its doors to lending on the 27th April via a restricted panel of specialist intermediaries.

07 Apr 2015

Challenger bank hires former BoE chief

Challenger bank hires former BoE chief

Nicole Coll has joined Bank and Clients as Finance Director from her role as Chief Financial Accountant at the Bank of England.

07 Apr 2015

Shawbrook launches exclusive 'Broker Hub'

Shawbrook launches exclusive 'Broker Hub'

Shawbrook Bank has announced the launch of a brand new ‘Broker Hub’ exclusively for its broker partners.

07 Apr 2015

Industry sees low response to pension reforms

Industry sees low response to pension reforms

On the first day of the new pension freedoms, Hargreaves Lansdown received only "a couple of hundred calls", with just 7.7% enquiring about taking all of their pension in one go.

07 Apr 2015

BTL lenders adopt CML's statement of practice

BTL lenders adopt CML's statement of practice

Buy-to-let lenders who are members of the Council of Mortgage Lenders are adopting a new statement of practice, designed to provide clarity about how responsible buy-to-let lenders operate.

07 Apr 2015

All MBE Leeds seminars Cll CPD accredited

All MBE Leeds seminars Cll CPD accredited

The Mortgage Business Expo has announced that all of its seminars being held at Leeds Armouries on the 22nd April will be Cll CPD accredited.

07 Apr 2015

Growing numbers "giving up" on homeownership

Growing numbers "giving up" on homeownership

Despite the number of first-time buyers rising to its highest level for seven years, there has been relatively little improvement in how potential first-time buyers view their chances of getting on the housing ladder, according to a Halifax report.

07 Apr 2015

RateSetter launches first P2P SIPP option

RateSetter launches first P2P SIPP option

RateSetter has become the first consumer Peer-to-Peer platform to be available via a SIPP, launching into the retirement savings market with two self-invested pension providers – London & Colonial and European Pensions Management, enabling SIPP holders to lend within their pension tax wrapper.

07 Apr 2015

In the Spotlight with Giles Andrews, CEO and co-founder of Zopa

In the Spotlight with Giles Andrews, CEO and co-founder of Zopa

We spoke to Giles Andrews, CEO and co-founder of Zopa, about the future of the peer-to-peer industry and how tax free lending will attract new consumers.

04 Apr 2015

Why I Love #FRAwards - Gary Bailey, Blemain Group

Why I Love #FRAwards - Gary Bailey, Blemain Group

In last year's Financial Reporter Industry Awards, Blemain Group won our Best Commercial/BTL Lender award.

03 Apr 2015

Looking at the alternatives to lifetime mortgages

Looking at the alternatives to lifetime mortgages

At our recent roundtable event in London, which encourages advisers and our assembled experts to discuss a variety of equity release-related issues, the very first question concerned the status of home reversion plans within the wider sector.

02 Apr 2015

Guidance is an opportunity, not a threat

Guidance is an opportunity, not a threat

So it could not be any closer – April 6th marks many things but perhaps none will be so momentous as the new pensions’ environment that we will be living and working within.

02 Apr 2015

Halifax Intermediaries launches 1.09% tracker

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Halifax Intermediaries launches 1.09% tracker

Halifax Intermediaries has launched a new range of two and five-year products in addition to reducing rates across the two-year tracker range for first-time buyers, home movers and remortgage customers by up to 0.3%.

02 Apr 2015

Post Office Money launches its lowest fix at 1.25%

Post Office Money launches its lowest fix at 1.25%

Post Office Money has announced the launch of a new mortgage range including its joint lowest ever rate - a 60% LTV 1.25% two-year fix.

02 Apr 2015

Kensington cuts rates by up to 0.6%

Kensington cuts rates by up to 0.6%

Specialist lender Kensington has cut rates by up to 0.6% across its buy-to-let and residential product range.

02 Apr 2015

85% of retirees oblivious to pension tax bill

85% of retirees oblivious to pension tax bill

Nearly nine in 10 (85%) of over 55s are unaware they will face an income tax bill when taking out a cash lump sum under the new pension freedom rules.

02 Apr 2015

N&P launches its lowest ever five-year fix

N&P launches its lowest ever five-year fix

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society has today launched its lowest ever five-year fixed rate mortgage.

02 Apr 2015

Lending community backs Scottish market

Lending community backs Scottish market

Smart Money, which exhibited at the recent Expo in Glasgow, believes that Scotland represents untapped value for the specialist lending market, particularly in second charge and bridging lending.

02 Apr 2015

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