The Bank of England has published its latest mortgage lenders and administrators return (MLAR) is a quarterly statistical release aggregated from data on mortgage lending activities provided by around 340 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators. The figures show that the value of outstanding mortgage balances with some arrears increased for the first time since 2016…

Barclays mobile banking customers can now choose to block their ability to spend with certain types of retailer, in a move designed to help vulnerable customers struggling with addictions. The move is designed to help customers take more control of their finances. The new feature  could help those dealing with gambling problems, for example, to…

Millions of Brits are worried about the cost of Christmas this year, with half revealing they plan to borrow money just to cover expense, a new study has found.   While most will budget just £449 for the festive period – the reality is that we’ll each spend up to a whopping £1,086 on presents, food…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published findings on how mortgage lenders treat customers who have long-term mortgage arrears and provide forbearance to affected customers. The FCA had previously identified that there was a trend of increasing long-term arrears cases, whilst the number of homes being repossessed had been falling. As a result of this…

The value of residential mortgages written off by banks and building societies has increased by 58% in the last year, jumping from £77 million to £122 million in the year to 30 June  2018 according to new analysis by Moore Stephens. Moore Stephens says the increase could be an early sign of distress in the…

Financial services companies appear to have increased their appetite for risk compared to businesses in other sectors, a report has found. The Q3 2018 Global Supply Chain Risk Report, published by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet, investigates the level of perceived supply chain risk faced by European companies with international supplier relationships.…

Zopa has announced that it has been approved for a bank licence with restrictions. This is called the ‘mobilisation’ phase of the process where the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) put some restrictions in place. Zopa will be granted a full licence once it meets the conditions set by the regulators…

The LV= Income Roulette Report reveals that more than a quarter (28%) of people expecting to retire within the next five years don’t know how much they have in their pension pot. In addition to money worries, some did not feel emotionally ready for retirement with one in six (16%) admitting they were worried they…

The Bank of England has released its latest Money & Credit data indiating that consumer credit increased by £0.9 billion in October, similar to the previous few months, but below much of the period since 2016. Mortgage market activity remained broadly stable in October. The flow of mortgage lending increased to £4.1 billion in October…

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