Almost 80% of mortgage intermediaries expect lending into retirement to be the fastest growing segment in the specialist mortgage market over the next two years according to Paragon’s latest Financial Adviser Confidence Tracking (FACT) Index based on interviews with almost 200 mortgage advisers. Intermediaries say mortgages for the self-employed represent the mainstay of the specialist mortgage market…

A new report released by the Building Society Association (BSA) has highlighted, how with the right financial support from parents, this type of lending could grow further, without jeopardising the long-term financial well-being of older generations.  Recommendations from Building on the Bank of Mum and Dad, report include: More products and innovation: lenders expanding provision, offering…

New research by Experian has revealed that there are 5.8 million people in the UK who are virtually invisible to the financial system, because there is insufficient information available about their financial track record. The campaign which is fronted by British food writer, Jack Monroe aims to raise awareness and educate consumers of the importance…

One in five (21%) medium-sized businesses in the UK believe that automation will help them compete with larger rivals, according to research from international payments, treasury management and foreign exchange specialist Centtrip. Seen as both a threat and opportunity, automation – the execution of a task or process without human assistance – is having a…

According to ender Welendus, 15% of short-term loan applications are being made to cover household bills. 42% of loan requests were to pay for surprise bills, Of the 35,000 loans peer-to-peer lender Welendus has received this year, 5,000 have been to meet the cost of regular bills. The FCA-approved ethical lender has revealed that 2,400…

Today’s school leavers have higher levels of financial literacy than adults aged 19-39, suggesting that financial education in English secondary schools is having a positive impact. The finding comes from free-for-life credit report and score provider Noddle.co.uk, who tested over 1,000 people in England on their personal finance skills with a mock GSCE financial literacy…

Handelsbanken, the local relationship bank with over 200 branches nationwide, has received banking authorisation for its new UK subsidiary, Handelsbanken plc. Authorisation enables the Bank to enter the final phase of establishing Handelsbanken plc, which it sees as a natural next step in its UK development. Since its UK launch in 1982, the Bank has…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the second charge mortgage market saw an 11% increase in September Commenting on the September 2018 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said “In September,…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business volumes in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market fell by 16% in September, compared with the same month in 2017, and the value of new business was 14% lower over the same period. In Q3 2018 overall,…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show consumer finance new business fell by 1% in September, compared with the same month last year. In Q3 2018, new business grew by 5% compared with the same quarter in 2017. In September, credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 4%…

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