New research from NS&I has revealed that 14% of Britons (7 million people) think they may have lost track of a financial product, highlighting the staggering amount of money left dormant with UK financial services providers. And it’s not just savings accounts, with a fifth (20%) admitting there is a possibility that they have lost…

Analysis from Bank Underground shows that the higher a property’s energy efficiency rating, the less likely the mortgage borrower is to fall into arrears. Bank Underground is a blog used by Bank of England staff to publish views that don’t necessarily coincide with the Bank of England’s. In the blog’s latest post, the authors set…

The Treasury Committee has published its response to the Household Finances Report from July. Commenting on the response, Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, said “In its report, the Committee expressed concern about the over-zealous debt collection practices of public authorities. The Government’s rehashing of existing policies in its response adds…

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) has responded to the FCA consultation on a new directory which will continue to show Appointed Representatives after the Senior Managers & Certification Regime has been extended.  This meets the requirements set out under the Mortgage Credit Directive.  The AMI says it supports the addition of mortgage advisers to this list to…

More than a quarter of UK consumers would be happy for service providers to share their personal data with other suppliers or third parties, according to new research. The findings were reported in a study completed by outsourced customer contact specialist Echo Managed Services. The company surveyed 1,000 UK residents on their knowledge and attitudes to debt and asked…

Pepper Money (PMB) has finalised the terms to acquire 100% of the second charge lender, Optimum Credit Ltd, from its current owner Patron Capital, as part of its ongoing UK growth strategy. The purchase, which remains subject to regulatory approval, will see Pepper Money acquire Optimum Credit’s entire business, which includes a UK second charge…

A new report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS)  has found that 40% of young adults cannot afford to buy one of the cheapest homes in their area even with a 10% deposit. The report said house prices in England have risen by 173% over two decades. Average pay for 25-34 year-olds has grown…

New research from Direct Line Life Insurance has revealed that over 6.9 million parents percent) have given their children ‘their inheritance’ early, to try to reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable on their estates. This amounts to a total of £227 billion, at an average of £32,920.10. A further 6.5 million (19 per cent) parents…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance second charge mortgage market reports volumes up by 6% in August Commenting on the August 2018 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business in August grew by 10% compared with the same month last year. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 9% compared with August 2017, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 7%. Second…

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