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BBA - Launches business finance taskforce »
Regulatory News October 2010
Regulatory News Mortgage Professionals September 2010 »
Regulatory News Mortgage Professionals August 2010 »
HMT - Plans for financial regulation
Regulatory News Mortgage Professionals July 2010 »
Regulatory News Mortgage Professionals June 2010 »
SHIP launches discussion paper »
Safe Home Income Plans (SHIP), the trade association for regulated equity release providers, has published a paper launching a discussion aimed at redefining equity release to meet today's social and economic challenges.
Viewpoint »
Packagers have come a long way since the days when lenders paid an extra fee to help them out with their chaotic administration processes. The term Packaging has stuck since that time in the late eighties. That's all packagers do isn't it? Collect bits of paper on behalf of inefficient lenders?
Are we ready for the next challenge? »
The past few months have been extremely difficult for anyone working in the mortgage sector. Not for many years have lenders been so restrictive as to the types of borrowers to whom they are prepared to lend money, nor have they imposed such restrictions on the amount they are prepared to lend, either in terms of affordability or as a percentage of the value of the property.
Professionalism and mortgage advice »
December saw the publication by the FSA of a report on its progress reviewing the retail distribution review (RDR) for investment businesses. It has to be emphasised that, at present, the matters contained in the review are only proposals and may of course be adapted as the FSA moves through the process of consultation.
The credit crisis and mortgage professionals »
Few people could have anticipated that a problem first identified as an American issue involving sub-prime mortgages would very quickly escalate into a worldwide economic incident that could perhaps be the most significant economic incident ever.
Introducing additional products »
Like many prophets of doom, I have suspected for some time that the market conditions to which we had become accustomed were unlikely to prove sustainable. Property prices had risen too quickly and the levels of debt taken on by many individuals could only be serviced whilst interest rates were kept to historically low levels. None of that, however, clearly signposted the problems that we are now facing, with house prices falling, the market stalled by a shortage of product and funds, and rising borrowing costs and inflationary fears causing many people real financial difficulties.



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