Target Group has signed a deal to supply its Bluechip Web Portal to Bridging Finance Solutions (BFS), the short-term property finance provider. To further improve processing efficiencies BFS panel solicitors will have access to their allocated cases via the portal and will be able to upload documentation and leave case notes, which updates the Bluechip…

The UK Card Payments Association has releases the latest card expenditure statistics for January 2017. Highlights include: Payment card spending in January 2017 was £57.1 billion, up by £0.5 billion (0.8 per cent) on December pending was up by £5 billion year on year The number of purchases reached a new monthly record of 1.3 billion…

Despite the rising importance of affordability assessments’ for UK organisations, less than half (40%) of risk leaders rate themselves as very effective at identifying customers who are financially vulnerable, according to a new study from Callcredit Information Group. The New Affordability study of UK risk and customer experience managers finds that organisations increasingly see it…

Latest figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market grew 9% by value and 3% by volume in January, compared with the same month in 2016. The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show growth of 10% in consumer finance new business in January, compared with the same month in 2016. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 11% compared with January 2016, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 1%.…

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.9 billion in January. This is 6% lower than December’s lending total of £20 billion, but 2% higher than the £18.6 billion lent in January last year. This is the highest lending total for a January since 2008 (£25.2 billion). Commenting on market conditions…

Express Gifts has entered into an agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide £12.5 million redress to approximately 330,000 customers who were sold insurance that offered little or no value. The insurance products sold by Express Gifts covered against accidental damage and theft for all products purchased from their Ace or Studio brands.…

Some doorstep lenders are taking advantage of their position and putting people at risk of serious debt problems, Citizens Advice warns. A new report published by the charity today has identified a number of concerning practices by some doorstep lenders. The evidence, submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority today as part of its review into…

Online research from Equifax, has revealed that 50% of consumers don’t want to spend more than 20 minutes completing the process.  The survey, conducted by YouGov, also found that after submitting an application for a financial product online, many consumers expect an immediate decision on whether they have been approved for short term loans (34%),…