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- Lord Shipley: 5% of Northern Rock's 'bad' bank mortgage sale should reach charity
(31/03 08:34 - Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
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- Building society chairman: beware the next downturn
(31/03 07:50 - Yorkshire Post)
THE CHAIRMAN who steered Yorkshire Building Society through the global financial crisis has warned the next generation of business leaders about the dangers of another downturn. Ed Anderson also raised concerns over heavy-handed regulation which he...
- Ipswich BS to support 'mortgage misfits'
(31/03 05:18 - Introducer Today)
Ipswich Building Society has launched its Retirement Mortgage Programme designed to help homeowners who are still paying off their mortgage after they have stopped working. It says many "mortgage...
- The Economist explains: How hedge funds work
(31/03 02:42 - The Economist)
IN FEBRUARY it emerged that nearly half of the richest hedge-fund managers in Britain have donated a total of ?10m ($14.8m) to the Conservative party since 2010. Labour, the opposition party, has accused the Tories of dishing out favours, such as a tax...
- Banks tested against global crunch
(31/03 02:08 - City A.M.)
BRITAIN’S biggest banks have to prove they could withstand a global economic crunch, under a stress test unveiled by the Bank of England yesterday. The fictional scenario is based on real fears that a slowdown in China and renewed recession in Europe...
- Cheaper rates lift approvals to six-month high
(31/03 01:55 - City A.M.)
MORTGAGE approvals climbed to a six-month high in February, according to figures released by the Bank of England yesterday Mortgage approvals for house purchases numbered 61,760 in February, up from 60,707 in January. Net mortgage lending rose by...
- Stamp Duty changes save homebuyers ?1bn
(31/03 00:59 - Mortgage Introducer)
More than two thirds of homebuyers across the UK are likely to benefit from the new Stamp Duty regime, with 29% seeing no change and just 2% likely to pay more, data produced by Nationwide reveals....
- Homebuyers shrug off election uncertainties
(31/03 00:24 - thetimes.co.uk)
Banks and building societies handed out mortgages at the fastest pace in six months in February, despite uncertainty created by the forthcoming election. After a slowdown at the end of last year, the number of mortgage approvals rose...
- Banks face global doomsday scenario in stress tests
(31/03 00:15 - The Scotsman)
Britain’s seven largest lenders will have to show how they could withstand a global economic slump in the latest stress tests run by the Bank of England. As well as a theoretical sharp slowdown in China, banks will be tested on their resilience in the...
- Comment: Bank of England’s new test
(31/03 00:15 - The Scotsman)
THE decision by the Bank of England to do a new stress test on UK banks’ balance sheet strength predicated on a very severe international slump is sensible. Last year’s equivalent exercise by the Bank focused on how well our lenders could handle a...
- Mortgage demand surges as optimism about UK economy reaches 13-year high
(31/03 00:11 - Guardian.co.uk)
Britons enter the five-week election campaign more upbeat about the economy than at any time in almost 13 years, according to the latest snapshot of confidence from the polling organisation Gfk. Against a backdrop of falling inflation and a boost to...
- Ten points from David Cameron’s Daily Mail interview
(30/03 23:16 - Spectator)
David Cameron has given where he appears to confirm that he will extend Right-to-Buy to 2.5m housing association tenants – a plan first revealed by James Forsyth. Here are the main points of the interview:- 1. Cameron says he’ll extend Right-to-Buy,...
- Mortgage deals rise because of boost for first-time buyers
(30/03 22:34 - Daily Express)
GETTY People are taking advantage of record low interest rates People taking advantage of record low interest rates and Government schemes to help them get on the housing ladder pushed the number of approvals to 61,760 – compared with the average of...
- Is your network in it for the long term?
(30/03 20:02 - Mortgage Introducer)
Toni Smith is sales operations director, First Complete There are many benefits of being a member of a network. Its key responsibility is to provide a robust framework in which to offer your...
- NS&I and Skipton BS top cash Isa tables
(30/03 19:28 - Moneywise Magazine)
You have just a few days left to use your ?15,000 Isa allowance for this tax year which ends on Sunday. Top easy-access deals include National Savings & Investments Direct Isa at 1.5% tax-free. The Post Office Premier Isa and Skipton Building Society...
- FactCheck: where has it gone wrong for George Osborne?
(30/03 19:19 - Channel 4)
The deficit In George Osborne’s first budget in June 2010, the prediction was that “the cyclically-adjusted or structural current deficit will be eliminated by 2014-15″. The national debt was...
- Nationwide to plough ?300m into branches
(30/03 18:50 - The Scotsman)
Nationwide has unveiled plans to spend ?300 million on its branch network in a move set to create around 200 jobs at Britain’s biggest building society. The lender said the investment will come over the next five years as it upgrades cash machines and...
- Prime London house prices cooled by higher taxes and election misgivings
(30/03 18:31 - What Mortgage)
The prime housing markets of London were slowed down by higher taxes and uncertainty ahead of the General Election in the first quarter of 2015, the latest research from real estate adviser Savills revealed. There was a marginal price fall in the...
- First-time buyer completions see monthly rise in February
(30/03 18:31 - What Mortgage)
First-time buyer completions in February 2015 increased by 10.5 per cent in comparison to the previous month but were down by 5.8 per cent on the year. The number of transactions in February reached 21,000, according to the latest First Time Buyer...
- IBS unveils retirement mortgage programme
(30/03 17:37 - What Mortgage)
Ipswich Building Society (IBS) today unveiled a new programme providing mortgage solutions to retired borrowers and people whose mortgage term would end after retirement. The society will make all of its residential mortgage offers available to...
- London house prices growth rate outstrips most regions in February
(30/03 17:37 - What Mortgage)
House prices in the capital were growing at a faster rate than in most regions, the Land Registry House Price Index for February 2015 shows. The prices of housing in London went up by 13.1 per cent last month as compared to February 2014, reaching at...
- Barclays tops FCA complaint league table
(30/03 17:01 - Credit Today)
Barclays was hit by more complaints than any other bank in the second half of 2014, as total grievances topped 276,000. The figures were revealed in data from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which shows the total number of complaints against...
- Brixton squat now costing ?3k per month for flat shows how out of control rent is in London
(30/03 16:52 - The Independent)
A former squat in south London recently transformed into luxury flats now costs up to ?3,100 per month to live in. This revelation could come as a kick in the teeth for long-time Brixtonites who have recently complained of rapid gentrification....
- HSBC and Santander among those offering exclusive Isas to customers holding current accounts with them - but does loyalty pay?
(30/03 16:45 - Mail Online UK)
Only a few days to maximise 2014/15 ?15k allowance HSBC offering top 1.6% easy-access Isa - but there's a catch There is less than week to make the most of the tax-free ?15,000 allowance and the current crop of offers are hardly probing savers into...
- Forget Labour, business should be really afraid of Ukip and the Greens
(30/03 16:43 - Telegraph)
Ukip has never gone in for detailed polices, sticking mainly to whatever happens to be on the back of Nigel Farage's fag packet as he comes out of the pub Photo: Reuters The Red Eds plotting new stealth taxes on business. Harriet Harman...
- BoE: Mortgage approvals down 11%
(30/03 16:38 - Mortgage Strategy)
| By Mortgage approvals were down 11 per cent year-on-year in February, according to figures published today by the Bank of England. The figures show lenders approved 102,929 loans last month, down from 115,725 a year earlier. Gross lending was down 8...
- Benchmarks: restoring confidence in the financial markets
(30/03 16:10 - Bloomberg)
Benchmarks are widely used to track market developments, however financial scandals involving benchmarks such as Libor and Eurobibor have shown that they are susceptible to manipulation. The EP's...
- Product data service from Mortgage Brain
(30/03 14:52 - Mortgage Introducer)
A number of high profile mortgage lenders have adopted customised versions of Mortgage Brain’s mortgage product data analysis. The analysis, a breakdown of all main product types in the UK...
- Bank of England to stress test banks for global slump scenario
(30/03 14:05 - Reuters UK)
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's seven biggest lenders will have to show they can cope with a global economic slump triggered by a sharp slowdown in China and a crash in the euro zone in this year's...
- Help to Buy ISA a game changer
(30/03 14:02 - Mortgage Introducer)
Rob Clifford is chief Executive at CENTURY 21 UK and a director at Moneyquest When you hold a Budget just weeks away from a General Election there is inevitably some suspicion that the series...