Remortgages hit highest level since early 2020 

Remortgage sales hit 92,558 in Q4 2021, marking the highest level of activity since before the pandemic according to analysis from digital lender Freedom Finance. The research shows that remortgage sales outnumbered all other types of home loans for the first time since the third quarter of 2020. Separately, sales of mortgages for first-time buyers…

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Bank of England increases base rate to 1.25% – industry reaction

17th June 2022 Banking and Loans |

More than 2 million households face increased mortgage payments after the latest Bank of England interest rate rise. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a majority of 6-3 to increase the bank rate by 0.25 percentage points, to 1.25%. The members in the minority voted to increase the bank rate by 0.5 percentage points,…

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South East has highest number of repossessed homes for sale

Research HBB Solutions, has indicated that South East has the most repossessed homes and the high cost of homeownership in the region could see it cement its place as the nation’s repossession hotspot, as rising inflation and interest rates pose further economic instability for the year ahead. Previous research by HBB Solutions revealed that the…

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Credit card arrears increase

New analytics from Fico has found that the percentage of credit card accounts with one and two months missed payments has increased month-on-month with it appearing that repayments remain a priority for credit card holders, suggesting that there will be greater reliance on credit over the coming months as the cost-of-living crisis deepens due to…

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Self-employed people risk financial hardship with reliance on personal savings

21st April 2022 Banking and Loans |

Over half (57%) of self-employed workers in the UK rely on personal savings when they are not working, yet a massive 81 per cent aren’t seeking financial advice according to new research from protection and pensions provider, Scottish Widows. Over two-thirds (64%) of those who are self-employed in the UK revealed they are without a…

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Households face pay squeeze deepens despite unemployment figures fall

Real average weekly pay packets fell by 1.3 per cent in February, with a far deeper squeeze coming in the months ahead, despite the jobs market continuing to tighten and last year’s furlough flattering the headline pay data, the Resolution Foundation says in response to the latest ONS labour market statistics. The UK jobs market…

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Money Statistics: March 2022

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for March 2022 Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,767.1 billion at the end of January 2022. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £63,582 and per adult was £33,410, around 107.5% of average earnings. Net mortgage lending rose by…

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Collections Technology Think Tank 3.1 review

10th February 2022 Arrears and Recoveries | #Think Tank

Credit Connect’s hosted its fourth Online Collections Technology Think Tank 3.1 last week which saw collections strategies and the impact of the pandemic discussed by fifteen collections professionals from a variety of industry sectors. The themes of collections risk, customer engagement, affordability, vulnerable customers and the future collections were discussed by panellists and Chair Vanessa…

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Consumers start to run down savings to sustain household spending

Consumers are starting to run down the savings built up during the pandemic in order to sustain household spending patterns threatened according to latest Bank of England (BOE) figures. The Bank said savings stood at £3.2bn in December, less than a third of the £10.6 billion monthly average for the previous 12 months. Consumer credit…

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More than half of consumers are paying interest on credit cards

5th January 2022 Banking and Loans | #credit cards

New research by TotallyMoney has shown that more than half (54%) of customers with an outstanding monthly credit card balance are paying interest, indicating that it could be costing consumers £1,831 by not transferring a credit card balance. The esearch shows customers are 31% more likely to be eligible for a credit card now than…

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Second charge mortgage new business volumes increases by 43%

10th December 2021 Arrears and Recoveries | #mortgages

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) have indicated that’s second charge mortgage new business volumes grew by 43% in October 2021 Commenting on the latest new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Director of Consumer & Mortgage Finance and Inclusion at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA),…

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Unsecured debt levels increase in line with spending

8th December 2021 Arrears and Recoveries | #arrears

New analysis by UK Finance has indicated that unsecured debt levels have increased in line with spending, but customers continue to pay off their card bills on time each month. The analysis also indicated that mortgage arrears ticked down overall but heavier arrears continued to rise. Possessions increased slowly but a substantial backlog of cases…

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Demand for consumer credit surges to £706m in October

Latest Bank of England data has shown that October saw a surge in credit card borrowing. Consumers borrowed a net additional £706 million last month, with new credit card borrowing accounting for £637 million of the credit, the largest amount of card borrowing since July last year. Between the start of the pandemic and April…

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