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Pension popularity boosted by scrapping death tax

Pension popularity boosted by scrapping death tax

New research from Investec Wealth & Investment reveals that around one in six (15%) savers plans to increase the amount invested in their pension as a direct result of Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to scrap the 55 per cent rate on pension funds due when the saver dies.

14 Oct 2014

Shawbrook Bank Commercial division hits £1bn lending total

Shawbrook Bank Commercial division hits £1bn lending total

Shawbrook Bank’s Commercial Mortgages division has today passed £1bn in lending to SMEs and professional property investors.

14 Oct 2014

Equity release experts help advisers gain marketing presence

Equity release experts help advisers gain marketing presence

Three experts in the equity release market are urging advisers to ‘get visible’ in their local marketplace in order to secure greater business levels from the retirement sector.

14 Oct 2014

No room for complacency in bridging

No room for complacency in bridging

[Feature from Matthew Anderson, director of Fincorp]

14 Oct 2014

Flexible pensions tempt more people to exit final salary pensions

Flexible pensions tempt more people to exit final salary pensions

The new flexible defined contribution pension arrangements announced by the Chancellor earlier this year should spark an increase in demand for transfers out of final salary pensions, according to research by professional services company Towers Watson.

14 Oct 2014

FCA bans chartered surveyors

FCA bans chartered surveyors

The FCA has announced that it has stripped chartered surveyor firm Castle Wildish of its permissions due to conduct failures.

14 Oct 2014

Buyers take dim view of two-tier housing market

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Buyers take dim view of two-tier housing market

The latest official figures show that population growth in the UK has exceeded 400,000 and with only 134,460 new properties completed over the same one-year period there aren’t enough new homes being built to meet that demand, let alone tackle the backlog of years of underdevelopment.

13 Oct 2014

Mortgage applications top fraud list

Mortgage applications top fraud list

Experian, the global information services company, today reveals that more fraud is being detected and prevented than a year ago, especially third party fraud, as lenders become even more effective in tackling the menace of identity theft.

13 Oct 2014

LGIM launches delegated solutions service

LGIM launches delegated solutions service

LGIM have today announced the launch of its delegated solutions service, in response to growing demand and feedback received from its UK pension scheme clients.

13 Oct 2014

Key Retirement Solutions undergoes rebrand

Key Retirement Solutions undergoes rebrand

Leading over-55s financial specialist Key Retirement is rebranding ahead of the retirement revolution being ushered in from April 2015.

13 Oct 2014

 

Accord launches five-year fix at 2.59%

Accord launches five-year fix at 2.59%

Accord Mortgages has today launched a range of five-year fixed rate mortgages for home buyers with a 35% deposit.

13 Oct 2014

Tesco launches 90% LTV range

Tesco launches 90% LTV range

Tesco Bank has announced its first range of 90% Loan to Value mortgage loans.

13 Oct 2014

23% income boost for investment-linked annuities

23% income boost for investment-linked annuities

MGM Advantage, the retirement income specialist, has shown the benefit of using equities as part of a retirement portfolio by calculating the increases in income from its investment-linked annuity.

13 Oct 2014

Fleet Mortgages to make debut at The Buy to Let Event

Fleet Mortgages to make debut at The Buy to Let Event

New lender Fleet Mortgages is set to make its debut at The Buy to Let Event on 12th November.

13 Oct 2014

Charles Haresnape, Managing Director - Mortgages & Commercial Lending, Aldermore

Charles Haresnape, Managing Director - Mortgages & Commercial Lending, Aldermore

We spoke to Charles Haresnape, Managing Director - Mortgages and Commercial Lending at Aldermore, about upcoming regulation changes, bridging lending and playing for Manchester United.

10 Oct 2014

A decade of change in the buy-to-let market

A decade of change in the buy-to-let market

A feature from Lucy Hodge of Vantage Finance.

10 Oct 2014

Lloyds Bank reduces rates and fees across its mortgage range

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Lloyds Bank reduces rates and fees across its mortgage range

Lloyds Bank has today cut rates and fees on a wide range of its mortgages for first time buyers, homemovers and remortgage customers.

10 Oct 2014

House prices could rise 30% in five years, report claims

House prices could rise 30% in five years, report claims

Average house prices in England and Wales are set to increase by 30% in the next five years, with the national forecast reinforcing the north/south divide.

10 Oct 2014

Understanding the need for equity release

Understanding the need for equity release

One of the main debates in the equity release market comes around consumers’ access to advice.

10 Oct 2014

Fleet Mortgages selects DPR as mortgage servicer

Fleet Mortgages selects DPR as mortgage servicer

Fleet Mortgages has today announced it has selected DPR Consulting to provide its full end-to-end mortgage servicing solution.

10 Oct 2014

Skipton increases rates on savings range

Skipton increases rates on savings range

Skipton Building Society has today launched a new range of Fixed Rate ISAs and Bonds which includes interest rate rises on all one-year terms.

10 Oct 2014

September sees lowest house price increase this year

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September sees lowest house price increase this year

House prices have risen just 2% a year since the financial crisis, according to the latest House Price Index from LSL Property Services & Acadata.

10 Oct 2014

New sourcing system launched by Mortgage27

New sourcing system launched by Mortgage27

Provider of sourcing tools and systems, Mortgage27, has today announced the formal release of MortgageSource, the company’s online mortgage sourcing system for mortgage brokers and financial intermediaries.

10 Oct 2014

Regional mortgage market begins to rebalance

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Regional mortgage market begins to rebalance

The distribution of mortgage approvals throughout the UK is beginning to rebalance, as London and the South East start to lose their dominant share of approvals, according to data from e.surv.

10 Oct 2014

House purchase approvals recover in September

House purchase approvals recover in September

House purchase approvals grew slightly for the first time in three months in September, as the purchase market regained some strength after a summer slowdown, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor from e.surv, the UK’s largest chartered surveyor.

10 Oct 2014

Valuations activity buoyant for FTBs - but otherwise muted

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Valuations activity buoyant for FTBs - but otherwise muted

Monthly valuations activity saw a rebound in September, according Connells Survey & Valuation.

10 Oct 2014

Blacks launches integration with IRESS Trigold Prospector

Blacks launches integration with IRESS Trigold Prospector

Broker-focused conveyancer, Blacks Connect, has today announced the launch of a new proposition, Blacks Affinity, a conveyancing quotation system which will be instantly available to users of the IRESS Trigold Prospector mortgage sourcing system.

09 Oct 2014

Natwest cuts HTB rates by 0.20% in range overhaul

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Natwest cuts HTB rates by 0.20% in range overhaul

NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be introducing rate reductions on over thirty of its residential and buy-to-let mortgage deals tomorrow.

09 Oct 2014

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