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Regulators’ expenditure up almost 60% in recent years

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Regulators’ expenditure up almost 60% in recent years

Financial services regulators in the US, UK and Hong Kong have increased their expenditure over the last seven years by 59.4% since the end of fiscal year 2006/07, according to Kinetic Partners.

27 May 2014

200,000 new homes a year is unachievable - housebuilding survey

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200,000 new homes a year is unachievable - housebuilding survey

Only six per cent of housebuilders believe that the key target of 200,000 homes to be built every year is deliverable, according to Knight Frank’s Housebuilding Report 'Building Momentum'.

27 May 2014

LV= improves equity release lending policy

Retirement

LV= improves equity release lending policy

Retirement specialist LV= today announces the launch of its enhanced equity release lending policy document for advisers.

27 May 2014

Masthaven pledges UK-wide broker coverage

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Masthaven pledges UK-wide broker coverage

Masthaven Bridging has pledged to support the intermediary market throughout the UK via its nationwide BDM team.

27 May 2014

Mortgage approvals drop to eight-month low in April

Mortgages

Mortgage approvals drop to eight-month low in April

According to the data released by the BBA, mortgage lending reached £12.2 billion in April - the highest monthly total since August 2008 - and were some 52% higher than a year ago, reflecting increased activity within the housing market.

27 May 2014

Intermediary confidence returns to pre-crisis levels

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Intermediary confidence returns to pre-crisis levels

Mortgage intermediary confidence is returning to levels last seen more than six years ago, a quarterly tracking survey by Paragon Mortgages has revealed.

27 May 2014

Aviva calls for cooperation over better protection

Protection

Aviva calls for cooperation over better protection

The protection industry is in need of reform to help consumers understand the crucial benefits offered by family protection, Aviva has said.

27 May 2014

Remortgage bounces back from slump to rise 21%

Mortgages

Remortgage bounces back from slump to rise 21%

LMS figures reveal that monthly gross remortgage lending saw a monthly increase of 21%, up to almost £4.4bn in April, from the £3.6bn for March reported by the Council for Mortgage Lenders last week.

27 May 2014

Greg Cox, CEO at Quintessential

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Greg Cox, CEO at Quintessential

We had a chat with Greg Cox, CEO at Quintessential, about financial technology and the growth of his business.

23 May 2014

Paradigm takes its roadshows nationwide

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Paradigm takes its roadshows nationwide

Paradigm Mortgage Services, the mortgage services proposition, has today announced it will be taking its mortgage and protection roundtable events across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland over the course of the next two months.

23 May 2014

 

Precise overhauls BTL range

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Precise overhauls BTL range

Precise Mortgages, the specialist lender, has made several changes to its BTL product range in order to improve its offering for mortgage intermediaries and borrowers.

23 May 2014

Help to Buy means buyers side-step price inflation, says MAB

Mortgages

Help to Buy means buyers side-step price inflation, says MAB

Buyers are sidestepping four years of house price inflation by using the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to get onto the property ladder, according to new figures from Mortgage Advice Bureau.

23 May 2014

Short-term lending caps must not follow other countries' examples, warns CFA

Short-term lending caps must not follow other countries' examples, warns CFA

As the FCA prepares to consult on its proposals for a ground-breaking cap on the cost of high cost, short-term credit, the Consumer Finance Association has warned that lessons must be learned from other countries.

23 May 2014

SfI launches new two- and five-year fixes

Mortgages

SfI launches new two- and five-year fixes

Santander for Intermediaries have launched new two and five-year fixed rate products ahead of June’s traditional spike in mortgage applications.

23 May 2014

Magellan appointed as L&C credit repair lender

Mortgages

Magellan appointed as L&C credit repair lender

Specialist credit repair lender Magellan Homeloans has been appointed by London and Country to provide mortgages for clients who have historical adverse credit records and are therefore unable to access mainstream products.

23 May 2014

Refurbishment lending doubles in a year

Refurbishment lending doubles in a year

Property refurbishment projects have seen funding more than double in the last twelve months, according to the latest West One Broker Sentiment Survey of over 250 financial intermediaries.

23 May 2014

Barclays fined £26m and trader banned over Gold Fixing

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Barclays fined £26m and trader banned over Gold Fixing

The FCA has fined Barclays Bank £26,033,500 for failings in relation to the Gold Fixing, as well as banning and fining the trader involved.

23 May 2014

Low housing construction 'poses big risk' to market

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Low housing construction 'poses big risk' to market

The low number of yearly housing constructions has been deemed a ‘big risk’ to the housing market and the wider economy.

22 May 2014

Mixed views on post-MMR market outlook at industry debate

Mortgages

Mixed views on post-MMR market outlook at industry debate

A panel of industry experts expressed mixed views this week on what the second half of 2014 might hold for the mortgage market.

22 May 2014

L&G improves income protection benefit product

Protection

L&G improves income protection benefit product

Legal & General has launched a new, improved Income Protection Benefit product.

22 May 2014

Funding 365 joins AOBP

Funding 365 joins AOBP

The Association of Bridging Professionals has welcomed Funding 365 as its latest Associate Lender member.

22 May 2014

Brokers must be aware of BTL 'gaming'

Brokers must be aware of BTL 'gaming'

A panel of industry heavyweights have warned the broker community to be aware of the potential for clients to try to ‘game’ the BTL market in light of the tighter affordability rules for residential mortgages introduced by the MMR.

22 May 2014

Lenders & trade bodies to clarify broker panel ejection process

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Lenders & trade bodies to clarify broker panel ejection process

Representatives of the AMI and the IMLA said today they were working on a set of ‘common principles’ which would provide clarity on an appeals process for those brokers who have been ejected by a lender from its panel.

22 May 2014

FCA: What challenges face the mortgage market in a post-MMR landscape?

Mortgages

FCA: What challenges face the mortgage market in a post-MMR landscape?

Speaking at the FSE Manchester expo today, the FCA's Lynda Blackwell spoke about the challenges facing the market in the post-MMR landscape.

21 May 2014

Financial Reporter & Paymentshield launch World Cup Fantasy Football league

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Financial Reporter & Paymentshield launch World Cup Fantasy Football league

Financial Reporter and insurance provider Paymentshield have teamed up to launch a Fantasy Football league for financial advisers to celebrate the 2014 World Cup and the chance to win £1000.

21 May 2014

Interest rate increase should be 'nothing to fear': FSE Manchester panel debate

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Interest rate increase should be 'nothing to fear': FSE Manchester panel debate

At the panel debate at today's Financial Services Expo Manchester, held at the Emirates Old Trafford, a group of industry names discussed when a base rate increase would be likely - and how this would affect the mortgage market.

21 May 2014

Metro Bank cuts rates on five year fixes

Mortgages

Metro Bank cuts rates on five year fixes

From today Metro Bank is offering a refreshed five year fixed rate residential mortgage range, reducing prices by 10bps.

21 May 2014

Number of crowdfunding platforms jumps 50%

Number of crowdfunding platforms jumps 50%

The number of crowdfunding platforms operating in the UK rose by over 50% in 2013 according to Nesta.

21 May 2014

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