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Is Osborne scrapping death tax another blow for annuities?

Is Osborne scrapping death tax another blow for annuities?

Portal Financial has warned that George Osborne's announcement to scrap the death tax on pensions is a further blow for annuities.

29 Sep 2014

Older homeowners unlocking cash to repay mortgage providers

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Older homeowners unlocking cash to repay mortgage providers

Older homeowners are unlocking cash from their properties to clear debts with their mortgage providers with clearing an existing mortgage cited as the most common reason for over 55s to use equity release, according to new findings from Stonehaven.

29 Sep 2014

Chancellor abolishes 55% tax on pension funds at death

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Chancellor abolishes 55% tax on pension funds at death

People with defined contribution pension savings will no longer have to worry about their pension savings being taxed at 55% on death.

29 Sep 2014

Post Office reveals new resi & BTL products

Post Office reveals new resi & BTL products

Post Office has expanded its mortgage range to include new buy-to-let and residential mortgage deals, including a three-year fixed rate deal up to 75% LTV.

29 Sep 2014

Promise unveils secured loan re-education for brokers

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Promise unveils secured loan re-education for brokers

Promise Solutions, the secured loan master broker, has introduced a series of bite sized educational emails to help brokers get to grips with the new world of secured loans.

29 Sep 2014

Cameron announces FTB starter homes plan

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Cameron announces FTB starter homes plan

Young first-time buyers will get a 20% discount on planned new homes, David Cameron has announced.

29 Sep 2014

People increasingly looking to employers for retirement planning

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People increasingly looking to employers for retirement planning

Increasing numbers of employees are choosing their employers for advice on retirement planning according to the latest consumer research by Baring Asset Management.

29 Sep 2014

30-somethings dominate FTB market as younger buyers priced out

Mortgages

30-somethings dominate FTB market as younger buyers priced out

The younger generation continues to be squeezed out of the housing market, as the number of buyers aged between 18 to 30 remains at an all-time low at just three per cent of recorded sales for August, according to the NAEA.

29 Sep 2014

New BTL lender to be led by CHL's Bob Young

New BTL lender to be led by CHL's Bob Young

Fleet Mortgages, the new buy-to-let and specialist lender, has today announced the make-up of the senior management team that will lead the business.

29 Sep 2014

A focus on customer retention in the mortgage market

A focus on customer retention in the mortgage market

In this article, Chris Thompson, CEO at Vertex Financial Services, provider of outsourced solutions to the UK mortgage market, explores the importance of customer retention and best practice.

26 Sep 2014

 

Nottingham BS launches range with higher LTVs

Nottingham BS launches range with higher LTVs

The Nottingham has launched fourteen residential and three buy-to-let fixed rate mortgages.

26 Sep 2014

The Mansfield rolls out fee-free mortgage range

The Mansfield rolls out fee-free mortgage range

Mansfield Building Society has launched a selection of fee-free remortgage products and 2-year fixes.

26 Sep 2014

Pen testing competitions, sore feet and cupcakes - it's Expo season!

Pen testing competitions, sore feet and cupcakes - it's Expo season!

This week Financial Reporter and the rest of the Barcadia Media team headed down to London for the first of this year's expos - the excellent FSE London, back for its second year at Old Billingsgate.

26 Sep 2014

Real wages growing for first time since recession

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Real wages growing for first time since recession

Real wages grew for the first time since the recession in August, as year-on-year advertised salary growth outpaced the rate of inflation, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.

26 Sep 2014

Average house price creeps closer to 2007 peak

Average house price creeps closer to 2007 peak

The average house price in England and Wales is now £175,653 compared with the peak of £181,442 in November 2007, according to the latest data from the Land Registry.

26 Sep 2014

FTB completions up 7% in August despite buyer concerns

FTB completions up 7% in August despite buyer concerns

The number of first-time buyer house completions in the UK rose 7% year-on-year in August, even as concerns of rising interest rates and falling income grew, according to the latest First Time Buyer Opinion Barometer from Your Move and Reeds Rains.

26 Sep 2014

Help to Buy benefits 53,000 households

Mortgages

Help to Buy benefits 53,000 households

Almost 53,000 households have bought a home in England through Help to Buy, Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis announced today.

26 Sep 2014

10% rise in gross lending for 2015 predicted by industry heavyweights

Mortgages

10% rise in gross lending for 2015 predicted by industry heavyweights

A panel of mortgage industry heavyweights were united in their predictions that gross lending levels will grow by 10% in 2015 amidst some differing 2014 forecasts.

25 Sep 2014

FCA outlines implementation of new rules on second charge mortgages

Mortgages

FCA outlines implementation of new rules on second charge mortgages

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today set out plans to bring second charge mortgages under FCA mortgage rules and laid out how they intend to implement the mortgage credit directive.

25 Sep 2014

Is the London property market becoming ‘unhealthily overheated’?

Mortgages

Is the London property market becoming ‘unhealthily overheated’?

Nearly half of development finance brokers and developers responding to a recent survey believe that the London property market is becoming ‘unhealthily overheated’.

25 Sep 2014

Upsurge in stolen mail fuelling card fraud & ID theft

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Upsurge in stolen mail fuelling card fraud & ID theft

Residents of apartment blocks and flats are being warned that they are a target for criminals stealing mail from letter boxes in order to commit card fraud and ID theft.

25 Sep 2014

Fifth of Brits owe money for things they no longer own

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Fifth of Brits owe money for things they no longer own

1 in 5 people still owe cash for items they don’t own anymore, with mobile phone contracts the agreement people most likely to have to go on paying.

25 Sep 2014

Are bridgers under the microscope in a post-MMR world?

Are bridgers under the microscope in a post-MMR world?

Matthew Anderson, director of Fincorp, comments on why bridgers must treat clients fairly.

25 Sep 2014

FCA: 50,000 mortgages sold without income being verified in Q2

Mortgages

FCA: 50,000 mortgages sold without income being verified in Q2

The FCA has said the mortgage market appears to have ‘filled its boots’ on sales of mortgages that did not have any income verification of the borrower, prior to the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review earlier this year.

25 Sep 2014

Brokers urged not to ignore impact of second-charge regulation

Brokers urged not to ignore impact of second-charge regulation

The importance of brokers getting to grips with regulatory guidelines concerning the second charge marketplace was firmly underlined by a panel of industry experts at this year’s Financial Services Expo (FSE) London.

25 Sep 2014

MMR 'will not allow' post-crisis problems to recur: FCA

MMR 'will not allow' post-crisis problems to recur: FCA

Speaking at the FSE London show today, the FCA's Lynda Blackwell discussed the post-MMR world, noting that while it was still 'early days' in assessing the impact of the regulation, it has significantly altered the market.

24 Sep 2014

Experts suggest full BTL regulation is on the cards

Mortgages

Experts suggest full BTL regulation is on the cards

All mortgage market stakeholders should prepare themselves for the full regulation of the buy-to-let market in the future, according to industry experts at today’s FSE London event in Old Billingsgate.

24 Sep 2014

Gross mortgage lending predicted to hit £200bn in 2014

Mortgages

Gross mortgage lending predicted to hit £200bn in 2014

Mortgage market commentators at today’s FSE London event, the premier exhibition for the financial services industry, have suggested gross lending levels will breach £200bn in 2014 however cautioned against spectacular increases throughout 2015.

24 Sep 2014

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