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True Potential sees 837% growth in five years

True Potential sees 837% growth in five years

True Potential has been ranked as the fastest growing financial and technology services company headquartered outside London.

24 Nov 2014

96% of brokers expect 'no change' from FCA regulations

96% of brokers expect 'no change' from FCA regulations

According to research by United Trust Bank, when asked what impact the new FCA regulations will have on their businesses an overwhelming 96% of brokers said it would have no change or just a slight change to their business levels.

24 Nov 2014

BSA: Diversity in UK financial services is declining

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BSA: Diversity in UK financial services is declining

The Building Societies Association has today published a report on diversity in financial services. The report demonstrates that despite initiatives by the government, the decline in the diversity of UK financial services is continuing.

24 Nov 2014

Santander unveils platform launch plans

Santander unveils platform launch plans

Santander UK is set to launch a direct-to-consumer platform in 2015, which will be aimed at both traditional ‘retail’ and high net worth clients.

24 Nov 2014

Brighton gazumping capital of Britain

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Brighton gazumping capital of Britain

Although our nation’s capital may be top of the pile where house prices are concerned, research by online estate agent eMoov.co.uk has found that it is in fact Brighton that leads the way as the gazumping capital of Britain.

24 Nov 2014

Mortgage firm launches 'large mortgage' advice service

Mortgage firm launches 'large mortgage' advice service

Mortgage and insurance firm Unusual Risks have launched a ‘large mortgage’ advice service called Unusual Mortgages, which it claims will beat the competition on fees.

24 Nov 2014

Scottish Life adopts Royal London brand

Scottish Life adopts Royal London brand

Scottish Life has today unveiled a new-look pensions business as it moves under the Royal London brand.

24 Nov 2014

IMLA calls for MMR clarity on 'non-standard' lending

IMLA calls for MMR clarity on 'non-standard' lending

Fears of a future clampdown by regulators are preventing mortgage lenders from offering loans that stretch into people’s retirement, according to a new report from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.

24 Nov 2014

Friends Life announce IP enhancements

Friends Life announce IP enhancements

Friends Life has become the first provider to offer Family Carer Benefit as part of its income protection proposition, providing cover to a policy holder’s partner or child if they need full time care.

24 Nov 2014

Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks set for £2bn floatation

Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks set for £2bn floatation

Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks are set for a £2 billion flotation, as their owner the National Australia Bank prepares to exit the UK.

24 Nov 2014

 

Friends Life's share prices soar after £5.6bn merger talks

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Friends Life's share prices soar after £5.6bn merger talks

Friends Life has seen its share price increase by 5.81% since the announcement that it is in talks with Aviva over a possible £5.6bn merger deal.

24 Nov 2014

SMS adds The Mansfield to lending panel

SMS adds The Mansfield to lending panel

Solent Mortgage Services has added The Mansfield Building Society to its panel of lenders.

24 Nov 2014

Lloyds: Consumer confidence score second highest on record

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Lloyds: Consumer confidence score second highest on record

The Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report for October finds that consumer confidence has increased to reach its second highest score since the start of the index, climbing five points to 151.

24 Nov 2014

Qualifications in consumer debt collection

Qualifications in consumer debt collection

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21 Nov 2014

Consumers turn away from enhanced annuities

Consumers turn away from enhanced annuities

The retirement income market is changing, with drawdown sales at their highest level and annuity sales continuing to fall; but the overall volumes have fallen as more savers are waiting to make a decision, according to the most recent figures from the ABI.

21 Nov 2014

Joanne Edwards, Head of Sales, Nemo Personal Finance

Joanne Edwards, Head of Sales, Nemo Personal Finance

We spoke to Joanne Edwards, Head of Sales at Nemo Personal Finance, about the future of secured lending regulation and whether consumer service has suffered with the rising popularity of secured lending,

21 Nov 2014

FCA's warning on capacity for loss highlights drawdown divide

FCA's warning on capacity for loss highlights drawdown divide

Professional advisers are being scrutinised about how much downside they are allowing retiring clients to take at the same time as those foregoing advice are being given total freedom to bet more than they can afford to lose, says Just Retirement.

21 Nov 2014

The pensions guidance minefield

The pensions guidance minefield

Being out on the road a lot visiting brokers you not only get to see a lot of the country but you also get to listen to a lot of radio.

21 Nov 2014

Osborne abandons banker bonus challenge

Osborne abandons banker bonus challenge

Chancellor George Osborne has abandoned the UK’s legal challenge to the EU cap on bankers’ bonuses after the appeal was rejected yesterday.

21 Nov 2014

Broker Conveyancing adds new firm to panel

Broker Conveyancing adds new firm to panel

Broker Conveyancing, the broker-focused conveyancing distributor, has today added Advantage Property Lawyers to its conveyancing firm panel.

21 Nov 2014

Property transactions dip 4.3% in October

Property transactions dip 4.3% in October

According to the latest figures released by HMRC, property transactions were down 4.3% in October on September figures.

21 Nov 2014

Charles Haresnape of Aldermore re-elected to IMLA chair

Charles Haresnape of Aldermore re-elected to IMLA chair

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has confirmed the re-election of Charles Haresnape as its Chairman following a vote by members of its Executive Committee.

21 Nov 2014

Metro Bank cuts rates on 2-year range

Metro Bank cuts rates on 2-year range

From 21 November 2014, Metro Bank is reducing rates on its residential 2 year fixed rate and tracker mortgages.

21 Nov 2014

NatWest reduces 2, 3, and 5-year fixed rates

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NatWest reduces 2, 3, and 5-year fixed rates

NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be introducing rate reductions to the majority of its core intermediary range tomorrow.

20 Nov 2014

Tesco Bank cut rates across mortgage range

Tesco Bank cut rates across mortgage range

Tesco Bank is to help more customers buy their own home by further cutting the interest rate on a number of their mortgages.

20 Nov 2014

Fleet becomes NACFB patron

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Fleet becomes NACFB patron

Fleet Mortgages has today announced it has become a full Patron of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers, the UK’s trade body for business finance brokers.

20 Nov 2014

DC pension funds struggle to hit value for money guidelines

DC pension funds struggle to hit value for money guidelines

An analysis of defined contribution pension plans has revealed that many trustees are struggling to hit some of the expectations outlined in the Pensions Regulator’s DC code of practice.

20 Nov 2014

CML: Gross mortgage lending up 5% month-on-month

CML: Gross mortgage lending up 5% month-on-month

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £19 billion in October.

20 Nov 2014

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