The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced changes to the definition of income between consumer hire leases and consumer credit after a response to its consultation. In December of last year, the FCA made a call for leasing businesses to respond to the regulator. Under the current rule, FCA fees for regulated credit agreements such…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for April 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.578 trillion at the end of February 2018. This is up from £1.53 trillion at the end of February 2017– an extra £1,169.92 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of…

According to research by Callcredit Information Group, 30% of consumers see defaulting on a loan payment as being the fault of the lender rather than the borrower. The study also revealed that consumers are increasingly feeling financial pressure, with almost half (45%) saying the financial burden on their personal finances has increased and that they…

Mortgage lending for first-time buyers, home movers and remortgages increased in February 2018 compared to the previous year according to UK Finance’s latest mortgage trends. Total homeowner purchases, which combine both home movers and first-time buyers, reached 50,000, the highest level for February since 2007. There were 25,200 first-time buyer mortgages completed in February 2018, some…

The availability of consumer credit dropped “significantly” in the first quarter of 2018, according to a survey of credit conditions published by the Bank of England. The Credit Conditions Survey asks banks and building societies about the past three months and the next three months as part of the Bank’s role in maintaining financial stability. The Bank…

Phoenix Asset Management (PAM), independent asset manager and special servicer focused on the management of secured and unsecured non-performing loans (NPL) and unlikely to pay (UTP) portfolios has announced an investment by funds managed by Pimco – as institutional investors. Following the deal, PAM  together with the other founding partners will hold 40% of the…

The Credit Services Association (CSA), has announced the first of the major sponsors for the 2018 UK Credit and Collections Conference (UKCCC), which this year moves to Crowne Plaza, Stratford Upon Avon. Conexus Recovery and Field Services, which has clients across the banking, utilities, retail and debt purchasing sectors, is returning as a sponsor and…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its business plan for 2018/19 which sets out the key priorities for the coming year. The FCA says the priorities in this year’s business plan reflect the high level of resource needed to dedicate to European Union (EU) withdrawal, given its impact both on our regulation and the…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) shows that growth has continued in the second charge lending market in February, compared with the same month in 2017. Commenting on the February 2018 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance…

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