The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced the appointment of Wanda Goldwag as the new Chair of the independent Financial Services Consumer Panel. The appointment, effective from 1 March 2019 for an initial three-year term, has been confirmed by HM Treasury. Wanda will be the public face of the panel, leading and giving strategic direction…

New figures released by the Finance Leasing Association (FLA) have shown that the number of second charge repossessions in 2018 was 147, 8.1% higher than in 2017. In the final quarter of 2018, the number of repossessions was 28, down by 26.3% compared to the same period in 2017. The number of properties repossessed during…

UK Finance has published its Mortgage Arrears and Possessions Update for the fourth quarter of 2018, which saw 4580 homeowner possessions in 2018, the lowest level since 1980 when there were 3480 possessions. During this period, there were 6.2 million outstanding homeowner mortgages, compared to 9 million at the end of December 2018. The data…

Seven in ten businesses struggle to unlock data’s true potential because of a lack of control, leaving many businesses with untrusted data that undermines business innovation and customer interactions, new research from Experian has revealed. Experian’s Global Data Management report, which surveyed 1,000 data practitioners from organisations around the world, found that although three-quarters (75%)…

Credit risk and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist, Jaywing, has announced the results of an exploratory piece of work undertaken for Newcastle Building Society, to increase the effectiveness of its risk application models using Jaywing’s AI-based product, Archetype. Newcastle Building Society recently undertook some enhancements of its customer risk scores and wanted to understand whether applying…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew in December 2018 by 4% compared with the same month in 2017, and by 5% in Q4 2018 as a whole. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew in December by 5% compared with the same…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business in the point of sale (POS) consumer car finance market grew 1% by volume and 4% by value in December 2018, compared with the same month in 2017. The POS consumer new car finance market reported new business volumes in December…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the second charge mortgage market reports volumes up by 13% in December. Commenting on the December 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 “December…

The Bank of England has today published its latest monthly Money and Credit report showing consumer credit growth slowed to 6.6 percent in the year to December 2018. Outstanding balances for consumer credit stand at £215.6 billion. The Bank of England says that the credit growth slow down reflects the continuation of relatively weak flows…

Nearly one million (900,000) people who’ve never switched energy supplier could cover the cost of their Christmas borrowing by changing to a better deal. New analysis from Citizens Advice shows that around 3.2 million people in Britain borrowed up to £150 to cover the cost of Christmas in 2018, almost 1 million of whom have…

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