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Lloyds sees pre-tax profit drop almost a third

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Lloyds sees pre-tax profit drop almost a third

Lloyds Banking Group saw pre-tax profits fall 30% year-on-year in Q1.

01 May 2014

Lloyds Bank teams up with GLE oneLondon to lend £5m to SMEs

Lloyds Bank teams up with GLE oneLondon to lend £5m to SMEs

GLE oneLondon and Lloyds Bank have today announced the launch of a fund supported by the European Investment Fund under the Progress Microfinance initiative.

01 May 2014

Miliband reveals plans to cap rent on buy-to-lets

Miliband reveals plans to cap rent on buy-to-lets

Ed Miliband has revealed plans to shake-up the private rental sector, with longer tenancies and rent rise caps.

01 May 2014

Shawbrook appoints new Commercial Lending Manager

Shawbrook appoints new Commercial Lending Manager

Shawbrook Bank has appointed Thomas O’Brien as a lending manager in its commercial mortgages division.

01 May 2014

48% of advisers worried about regulatory costs

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48% of advisers worried about regulatory costs

Advisers are largely optimistic about the proposed savings and pension reforms and the advisory market in general - but concerned about regulatory costs, according to the latest Adviser Barometer from Aviva.

01 May 2014

House price growth hits double figures for first time in 4 years

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House price growth hits double figures for first time in 4 years

According to the latest Nationwide house price index, a 1.2% increase in house prices during April saw annual growth reaching double digits for first time since April 2010.

01 May 2014

Choice of BTL mortgages is wider than ever

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Choice of BTL mortgages is wider than ever

In Q1 2014 the availability of buy to let mortgage products was one third higher than the number of products available in early 2008 just before the financial crash according to the latest research from Mortgages for Business.

30 Apr 2014

Is the vogue for development a sign the market is overheating?

Is the vogue for development a sign the market is overheating?

[SPECIAL FEATURE: Matthew Anderson, director, Fincorp]

30 Apr 2014

LV= rolls out retirement income microsite for advisers

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LV= rolls out retirement income microsite for advisers

Retirement specialist LV= is launching a new retirement income microsite to provide advisers with greater clarity as to what their clients options are post budget.

30 Apr 2014

House prices dip by 0.4% in March: Land Registry

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House prices dip by 0.4% in March: Land Registry

March data from the Land Registry shows an annual price increase of 5.6%, taking the average property value in England and Wales to £169,124 - however, the monthly change from February to March shows a decrease of 0.4%.

30 Apr 2014

 

Help to Buy schemes help 27,000 households so far: DCLG

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Help to Buy schemes help 27,000 households so far: DCLG

Over 27,000 households have bought a home through one of the Help to Buy schemes, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins announced today.

30 Apr 2014

Barclays to create 'bad bank'

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Barclays to create 'bad bank'

Barclays will next week announce the creation of a bad bank, the Financial Times has reported, in a bid to transform its struggling investment banking operations.

30 Apr 2014

Kensington slashes admin fee and launches incentives

Kensington slashes admin fee and launches incentives

Specialist lender Kensington has removed the administration fee from all current products and introduced new incentives across its entire range of residential and BTL mortgages.

30 Apr 2014

Insolvency regulator elects new president

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Insolvency regulator elects new president

The Insolvency Practitioners Association, the membership body and regulator for those specialising in insolvency practice, has elected Mark Fry as the new President of the Association.

30 Apr 2014

Britannia merger blamed for Co-op troubles

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Britannia merger blamed for Co-op troubles

A major review of the Co-op Bank by Sir Christopher Kelly has said that the bank's merger with the Britannia building society in 2009 should not have happened.

30 Apr 2014

MGM Advantage to develop 'blended' retirement products following Budget

Retirement

MGM Advantage to develop 'blended' retirement products following Budget

MGM Advantage, the retirement income specialist, has responded to the changes brought about by the recent Budget and announced a repositioning of the business.

29 Apr 2014

Insolvency levels increase 4.8% on last quarter

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Insolvency levels increase 4.8% on last quarter

Figures published today by the Insolvency Service show that company liquidations in England and Wales in the first quarter of this year were up 4.8% on the previous quarter and up 4.9% on the same quarter in 2013.

29 Apr 2014

FCA issues alert over SIPP advice requirements

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FCA issues alert over SIPP advice requirements

The Financial Conduct Authority today issued an alert that updates firms on requirements for giving advice on SIPPs.

29 Apr 2014

Growing confidence in BTL market from landlords

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Growing confidence in BTL market from landlords

In line with trends in Q4 2013, landlords remain positive about the buy-to-let market, a report by Paragon Mortgages has revealed.

29 Apr 2014

GDP increases by 0.8% in Q1

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GDP increases by 0.8% in Q1

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that GDP increased by 0.8% in Q1 2014 compared with growth of 0.7% in Q4 2013.

29 Apr 2014

76% increase in advisers rebalancing portfolios

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76% increase in advisers rebalancing portfolios

New internal data from Selectapension found a 76% increase in advisers rebalancing portfolios for clients in the past year, indicating a growing focus on asset allocation.

29 Apr 2014

Target Group makes smooth MMR transition

Mortgages

Target Group makes smooth MMR transition

Following Saturday’s MMR deadline, Target Group, the financial services outsourcing and software provider, announces today that it had a smooth transition to the new MMR regulations, having been ‘MMR ready’ ahead of the deadline.

29 Apr 2014

£1.2m loan completed in three days by Dragonfly & Positive Lending

£1.2m loan completed in three days by Dragonfly & Positive Lending

Dragonfly Property Finance today announced the completion of a £1.2m bridging loan in just three days, preventing a client of specialist broker, Positive Lending, from losing a sizeable deposit.

29 Apr 2014

L&G Mortgage Club launches new build panel

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L&G Mortgage Club launches new build panel

Legal & General Mortgage Club has launched a bespoke panel of new build lenders to meet growing demand in the sector.

28 Apr 2014

Ex-Barclays employees charged in LIBOR investigation

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Ex-Barclays employees charged in LIBOR investigation

The Serious Fraud Office today announced they have issued criminal proceedings against three former employees of Barclays in connection with the LIBOR investigations.

28 Apr 2014

Asset lender launches with loans up to £1m

Asset lender launches with loans up to £1m

A new alternative lender is launching that will provide individual loans of between £60,000 and £1million to clients against their valuable assets such as classic cars, fine wines, jewellery, yachts, private jets, art and property.

28 Apr 2014

Nucleus chairman to focus on due diligence for advisers

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Nucleus chairman to focus on due diligence for advisers

Mike Seddon, chairman of Nucleus’s influential advisory board, is focussing his attention on new regulations governing advisers in his role as chairman of the Nucleus advisory board.

28 Apr 2014

FCA to give key note address at FSE Manchester

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FCA to give key note address at FSE Manchester

Front Events, organisers of the Financial Services Expo Manchester exhibition for intermediaries, brokers and financial advisers, has today announced the Financial Conduct Authority will be providing the key note address at the show.

28 Apr 2014

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