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13 year ban for financial adviser who misled investors

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13 year ban for financial adviser who misled investors

A London-based director and financial advisor has been disqualified for 13 years for misleading investors.

15 Aug 2014

UK GDP growth revised up to 3.2%

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UK GDP growth revised up to 3.2%

In Q2 2014, the UK economy grew by 0.8% on the quarter – the sixth successive quarter of growth and the longest sustained run of quarterly growth since the onset of the 2008 economic downturn.

15 Aug 2014

South Wales: the broker hotspot

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South Wales: the broker hotspot

[Blog from Ian Hoggart, Business Development Manager, Commercial Mortgages, Shawbrook]

15 Aug 2014

Financial services event search platform launched

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Financial services event search platform launched

Industry Events Limited has recently announced the launch of its new website, Industry Events Online.

15 Aug 2014

Rents rises creep above inflation for first time in over a year

Rents rises creep above inflation for first time in over a year

Rents are just 0.1% higher than a year ago after consumer price inflation of 1.9% – the first real-terms increase since September.

15 Aug 2014

Half of brokers think interest rate rise to happen mid-2015

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Half of brokers think interest rate rise to happen mid-2015

Over 1 in 5 brokers operating in the bridging, development finance and asset finance sectors expect to see an increase to the base interest rate by the end of this year.

15 Aug 2014

Virgin makes rate cuts of up to 0.80%

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Virgin makes rate cuts of up to 0.80%

Virgin Money has announced reductions to selected fixed rate and tracker products within its buy-to-let and residential mortgage ranges.

14 Aug 2014

FSE Manchester 2014 - Seminar - Lynda Blackwell, Financial Conduct Authority

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FSE Manchester 2014 - Seminar - Lynda Blackwell, Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority's Lynda Blackwell spoke at the recent FSE London about the impact of MMR and preparing for the MCD.

14 Aug 2014

Shawbrook appoints STL Lending Manager

Shawbrook appoints STL Lending Manager

Shawbrook Bank has appointed Kynan Benjamin as a Lending Manager in the Commercial Mortgages short term loan team.

14 Aug 2014

Online conveyancing portal continues to grow

Online conveyancing portal continues to grow

SortRefer, the fastest growing online conveyancing portal in the UK, continues its expansion with the appointment of Annabel Halhead to the role of Operations Manager.

14 Aug 2014

 

Alpha Bridging appoints banking heavyweight as chairman

Alpha Bridging appoints banking heavyweight as chairman

Alpha Bridging, the specialist short term bridging lender, has announced the appointment of Kenneth Hillen as Chairman.

14 Aug 2014

Brokers focus more on packaging since MMR

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Brokers focus more on packaging since MMR

New research carried out jointly by SimplyBiz Mortgages and NatWest Intermediary Solutions has found that since the MMR was introduced, that brokers have placed more focus on getting applications packaged right first time.

14 Aug 2014

Mortgage arrears continue to fall in Q2: CML

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Mortgage arrears continue to fall in Q2: CML

Mortgage arrears and possessions continued to fall in the second quarter of 2014, according to data published today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

14 Aug 2014

Cirencester Friendly launches new form of income protection

Cirencester Friendly launches new form of income protection

Cirencester Friendly, the Income Protection specialists, has today launched a new concept in Income Protection contracts, My Earnings Insurance.

14 Aug 2014

Supply of new homes increases for second month

Supply of new homes increases for second month

Demand for new homes fell in July, the first monthly decline since January 2013, while the supply of new properties coming onto the market increased for the second consecutive month, according to the July RICS Residential Market Survey.

14 Aug 2014

High LTV lending drives strong July figures

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High LTV lending drives strong July figures

Last month saw the strongest July for house purchase lending since the financial crisis, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor from chartered surveyors e.surv.

14 Aug 2014

Bridging loans top alternative investments

Bridging loans top alternative investments

Property bridging loans have provided investors with the greatest annual returns and the lowest volatility across a range of alternative asset classes, according to the latest research from West One Loans.

14 Aug 2014

FCA says firms 'still falling short' of new ad rules

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FCA says firms 'still falling short' of new ad rules

The Financial Conduct Authority has found that some promotions for financial products are still falling short of its rules and firms need to do more to ensure that advertisements do not mislead consumers.

13 Aug 2014

Royal London launches annuity bureau for customers without an adviser

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Royal London launches annuity bureau for customers without an adviser

Royal London has launched a new service to help customers who wish to buy a guaranteed income for life find the best rate for their individual circumstances.

13 Aug 2014

Exeter Family Friendly increases underwriting limits for low-risk workers

Exeter Family Friendly increases underwriting limits for low-risk workers

Income protection provider Exeter Family Friendly has increased the medical underwriting limits for its plan for low risk workers, Income One, to make the application process quicker for advisers and customers.

13 Aug 2014

BoE signals interest rate hike still some way off

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BoE signals interest rate hike still some way off

In his comments in the Bank of England inflation report today, Governor Mark Carney once again emphasised that an interest rate was still some way off.

13 Aug 2014

Leeds launches 5-year fix at 3.64%

Mortgages

Leeds launches 5-year fix at 3.64%

Borrowers seeking protection against future interest rate rises are being offered more choice with competitive new five year deals from Leeds Building Society.

13 Aug 2014

Magellan opens credit repair mortgages to Payplan clients

Mortgages

Magellan opens credit repair mortgages to Payplan clients

Magellan Homeloans, the specialist credit repair lender, is working with Payplan Financial Services to make credit repair mortgage facilities available to their clients.

13 Aug 2014

Over-55s confused about equity release

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Over-55s confused about equity release

Britain’s pensioners could be missing out on much-needed cash in retirement because of mistaken beliefs about equity release, research from Aviva shows.

13 Aug 2014

Scottish house price growth hits four-year high

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Scottish house price growth hits four-year high

Annual house price growth in Scotland has hit a four-year high, according to the LSL Property house price data – yet is still only at a third of the pre-crisis rate.

13 Aug 2014

FTBs lead the way for valuations increase in July

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FTBs lead the way for valuations increase in July

First time buyers have boosted annual growth in housing market activity, despite a seasonally quiet month of July, according to the latest research from chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation.

13 Aug 2014

Brokerage becomes victim of cloning scam

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Brokerage becomes victim of cloning scam

A bridging and secured loan brokerage has been targeted by con artists who are using its details in order to contact its customers asking for upfront fee payments.

12 Aug 2014

Treasury moves to promote credit unions

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Treasury moves to promote credit unions

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrea Leadsom, today encouraged employers and voluntary sector organisations to engage with credit unions to help them provide affordable credit and responsible financial services in their communities.

12 Aug 2014

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