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MBE Manchester 2012 - Mark Hutchings, Berkeley Alexander

MBE Manchester 2012 - Mark Hutchings, Berkeley Alexander

Financial Reporter TV caught up with Mark Hutchings of Berkeley Alexander at MBE Manchester 2012.

12 Dec 2013

Scottish Widows launches specialist auto enrolment team

Retirement

Scottish Widows launches specialist auto enrolment team

Scottish Widows has created a new specialist auto enrolment team to work with advisers and employers from the beginning of 2014, as the insurance industry gears up for the largest scale change to workplace pensions in a generation.

12 Dec 2013

Y3S added to Precise second charge panel

Y3S added to Precise second charge panel

Cardiff-based secured loans packager Y3S is the latest to be listed on Precise’s panel of master brokers.

12 Dec 2013

Help to Buy prompts third of renters to buy in 2014

Mortgages

Help to Buy prompts third of renters to buy in 2014

One third (32%) of renters in the UK are planning to buy their first home in 2014, a 6% increase compared with 2012, according to Rightmove.

12 Dec 2013

BTL lending up 11% in October: CML

Mortgages

BTL lending up 11% in October: CML

According to data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders this morning, buy-to-let lending increased during October this year, with both a greater volume and value of loans advanced.

12 Dec 2013

Mortgage lending to see strong finish to 2013: CML

Mortgages

Mortgage lending to see strong finish to 2013: CML

New CML data released today on the profile of UK lending in October 2013, including first-time buyer, home mover, remortgagor and buy-to-let lending.

12 Dec 2013

Lending to FTBs up 48% year on year: CML

Mortgages

Lending to FTBs up 48% year on year: CML

According to the the latest data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders today, the number of loans to first time buyers increased in October this year.

12 Dec 2013

Focus on rates holding back progress in joint annuities market

Retirement

Focus on rates holding back progress in joint annuities market

Consumer demand for joint life annuities is climbing, but a lack of education is slowing progress in ensuring retired couples have the most suitable annuity product in retirement, according to the latest research by IRESS.

11 Dec 2013

Connells combat surveyor shortage with £6m investment plan

Legal

Connells combat surveyor shortage with £6m investment plan

Following a period of rapid growth fueled by the recovering property market, increased mortgage lending and new clients, Connells Survey & Valuation has announced an additional £6m annual investment into growing its team of Chartered Surveyors.

11 Dec 2013

Slow instruction rate drives house price increase - RICS

Mortgages

Slow instruction rate drives house price increase - RICS

The November 2013 RICS Residential Market Survey appears to underscore the recent firm trend in the sales market.

10 Dec 2013

 

Mortgage administrator HML celebrates 25 years

Mortgages

Mortgage administrator HML celebrates 25 years

Mortgage administrator HML is celebrating 25 years in the industry.

10 Dec 2013

Managing our personal finances is getting harder, according to new research

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Managing our personal finances is getting harder, according to new research

Managing our personal finances is getting harder and the move towards a cashless society could make this trend even worse, according to new research conducted by ING.

10 Dec 2013

Leeds withdraws 4% monthly income bond

Retirement

Leeds withdraws 4% monthly income bond

Leeds Building Society will withdraw its unique long-term fixed rate monthly income bond, paying a guaranteed return of 4% for 10 years, with effect from close of business today.

10 Dec 2013

Cost of DB pension schemes 'stifling' business investment

Retirement

Cost of DB pension schemes 'stifling' business investment

Seven out of ten businesses say the cost of running a defined benefits (DB) pension scheme is stifling their investment intentions, with eight out of ten manufacturers saying it is affecting their plans.

10 Dec 2013

Experian partners with Circle Housing Circle 33 to tackle sub-letting offences

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Experian partners with Circle Housing Circle 33 to tackle sub-letting offences

Experian, the global information services provider, has today announced details of its partnership with Circle Housing Circle 33 to detect, prevent and tackle social housing tenancy fraud across its entire 8,400 general needs housing stock.

10 Dec 2013

'Unbridled housing boom' unlikely in 2014 says CML

Mortgages

'Unbridled housing boom' unlikely in 2014 says CML

The housing and mortgage markets look set to continue to show greater levels of activity in 2014, according to the latest forecasts from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

10 Dec 2013

Legal & General passes 500,000 automatic enrolments

Retirement

Legal & General passes 500,000 automatic enrolments

Legal & General has auto enrolled over a half a million new members (525,000) into company pension schemes since staging commenced in October last year.

09 Dec 2013

Regulatory change needed for annuities, says panel

Retirement

Regulatory change needed for annuities, says panel

The Financial Services Consumer Panel today publishes the findings of its research into the consumer experience of purchasing an annuity, which shows that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers.

09 Dec 2013

NatWest slashes rates on fixed rate products

Mortgages

NatWest slashes rates on fixed rate products

NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be reducing the rates on a number of its fixed rate residential deals tomorrow.

09 Dec 2013

Capita exit from SIPP administration should be warning for advisers

Retirement

Capita exit from SIPP administration should be warning for advisers

Xafinity is urging financial advisers to include within their due diligence process a risk rating based on the possibility of their chosen provider exiting the self invested pensions market in the coming 18 months.

09 Dec 2013

Help to Buy 2 is benefiting FTBs despite criticism, says Connells Group

Mortgages

Help to Buy 2 is benefiting FTBs despite criticism, says Connells Group

Initial indications suggest that Help to Buy 2 is benefiting home buyers who most need it according to Connells Group Mortgage Services.

09 Dec 2013

Aviva enhances CI cover to increase number of claims paid

Protection

Aviva enhances CI cover to increase number of claims paid

Aviva has enhanced its critical illness cover, with a focus on changes which will make the biggest difference to its customers.

09 Dec 2013

Virgin launches Help to Buy mortgages ahead of schedule

Mortgages

Virgin launches Help to Buy mortgages ahead of schedule

Virgin Money has today announced the launch of new 95% and 90% LTV residential mortgages as part of the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, several weeks ahead of schedule.

09 Dec 2013

Confusion over Help to Buy 2 could be hindering housing market

Mortgages

Confusion over Help to Buy 2 could be hindering housing market

Two months on from the introduction of the Help to Buy scheme, new research from Rightmove reveals confusion about the scheme is widespread and more needs to be done to help deliver a bottom-up recovery to a healthy housing market.

06 Dec 2013

Shawbrook launches new 5 year bond at 3.20%

Savings & Investments

Shawbrook launches new 5 year bond at 3.20%

Following the success of previous Shawbrook 5-year fixed rate bonds, a new issue has been launched by the Bank today at a market leading rate of 3.20% Gross/AER.

06 Dec 2013

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Access quality information to differentiate your service to clients!

As confidence returns to the Property Market, bolstered by recent reports in the media, there may be a thought that mortgage brokers can finally relax.

06 Dec 2013

Lack of finance holds property professionals back, master broker finds

Lack of finance holds property professionals back, master broker finds

A recent survey by Vantage Private Finance has revealed that while confidence in the property market is growing among professionals in the industry, the vast majority believe access to finance is still holding them back.

06 Dec 2013

UTB hires solicitor to enhance bridging team

UTB hires solicitor to enhance bridging team

United Trust Bank has hired banking lawyer William Gould for its Bridging Division. William’s appointment will enable the Bank to further develop its service, in particular with regard to providing complex structured loans.

06 Dec 2013

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