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Buy-to-Let Watch: Santander’s made it a happy new year


Santander’s move on retention proc fees shows it values its brokers. The rest of the lending community must follow suit It is always good to start the new year on a positive note as January can be a gloomy month, thanks to the excesses of the Christmas season, the dark nights and the cold weather. […]

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New Street cuts all let-to-buy mortgage rates by 0.50%


New Street Mortgages has unveiled 0.50 per cent rate cuts on all its let-to-buy products. The lender is now selling a two-year discount product at 1.59 per cent at 65 per cent LTV and 1.94 per cent at 75 per cent. New Street is also offering a one-year fixed rate of 2.39 per cent at […]

The post New Street cuts all let-to-buy mortgage rates by 0.50% appeared first on Mortgage Strategy.

Yorkshire BS to cut two-year fixes to 1.16%


Yorkshire Building Society will be selling two-year fixed rates at 1.16 per cent after a round of rate reductions to house purchase and remortgage loans. The lender will cut rates to 1.16 per cent on its 65 per cent LTV product, which has a £1,495 product fee. Also at the same LTV is a three-year […]

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Buy-to-let pricing defies swap rate hikes


Buy-to-let mortgage headline rates did not rise in Q4 2016 despite a rise in swap rates, according to analysis by Mortgages for Business. The firm’s Buy-to-let Mortgage Costs Index says both …

Landlord confidence at an all-time low: BM Solutions


Landlord confidence weakened in the last quarter of 2016, with the number of landlords wanting to buy properties dropping to record lows, according to BM Solutions. The quarterly BM Solutions surve…

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Advisers rethink DFM after FCA restrictions


Sipp firm Gaudi has a Sipp with Beaufort Securities called the Beaufort Sipp.

SIPP operators at risk from 'smarter scammers' - FCA


<!-- summary --> Self-invested personal pension (SIPP) operators must become more aware of current threats and review due diligence practices, the regulator has warned, as scammers become increasingly sophisticated in developing products to defeat such efforts. <!-- end-summary -->

VCT fundraising up 53% year-on-year


<!-- summary --> Fundraising levels for venture capital trusts (VCTs) are up 53% in the 2016/17 tax year to date with some £169.5m raised by 31 December 2016. <!-- end-summary -->

Osborne's BlackRock job approval letter amended after our challenge


The letter approving George Osborne's new job with BlackRock has been amended following a challenge by New Model Adviser®.

FCA warns advisers over DB transfers


<!-- summary --> The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned advisers not to execute defined benefit (DB) pension transfers without considering where the relocated assets will be invested. <!-- end-summary -->

Mainly insurance news…

AA predicts rising home insurance premiums in 2017


Research shows that the cost of standalone buildings and contents policies fell over the past year.

Car insurance premiums at four-year high, says AA


The index showed that the average shop around premium jumped by 5.8% over the last quarter.

Tokio Marine Kiln adds drone insurance to online platform


Insurer says product is immediately available on its One TMK digital exchange and features a newly enhanced policy wording.

Brokers more upbeat as profits returned to positive growth


CBI/PwC Financial services survey also saw growth in business volumes strengthen over the quarter.

Warning of tens of thousands of UK jobs losses from personal injury legal reforms


Consultants state job cuts will stretch across the UK but especially in the South East and cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.

Mainly international news…

China less vulnerable to US protectionism than other EMs


Smith says: “We’ve been far less dismissive of president Trump’s protectionist rhetoric than Western markets appear to be. And in his inaugural address, Mr Trump proclaimed that ‘[America] will follow...

Pension scammers are getting smarter, FCA warns advisers


Scams have entered the next stage in their evolution, the regulator said. First-generation scams offered unregulated physical assets, such as commercial property, for direct investment. Second-generation...

deVere Group ‘under attack’ in S Africa, says CEO Green


The statement was prompted after it was discovered that a website was falsely claiming that its investments were underwritten by deVere. Green said: "Let me be absolutely clear, is...

UK officials visit crown dependencies to discuss ‘Crexit’


The move comes as it was confirmed on Tuesday that the UK parliament must vote on whether the government can trigger Article 50, the Supreme Court has ruled. The judgement means Theresa May cannot...

PEOPLE MOVES: BlackRock, Pimco, Manulife AM


BlackRock Former UK chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has joined the BlackRock Investment Institute as a senior adviser. He joins the asset manager’s research unit in a part-time capacity....

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