Fraudsters stole £1.3bn in 2021

30th June 2022 Consumer Lending | #fraud

UK Finance’s latest fraud report has shown that a total of over £1.3 billion was stolen by criminals through authorised and unauthorised fraud in 2021. The banking and finance industry prevented a further £1.4 billion of unauthorised fraud from getting into the hands of criminals. Unauthorised financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and…

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Complaints about bank scams increase

29th June 2022 Consumer Lending | #bank fraud

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) received nearly 25,000 complaints about current accounts in the year to March, more than any other product. FOS says a big chunk of these were from victims of authorised fraud, such as customers being tricked into transferring money into other accounts often by scammers posing as their bank. Complaints to…

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Housing affordability stretched as property price inflation outstrips earnings

27th June 2022 Consumer Lending | #houses

The impact of surging property prices throughout the pandemic has reduced housing affordability to the lowest level on record, according to new research by Halifax. The analysis – based on data from the Halifax House Price Index – compared typical house prices to average earnings across the UK. In the first quarter of 2022, the…

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Barclays to acquire Kensington Mortgages for £2.3bn

27th June 2022 Company News |

Barclays has confirmed that it will acquire specialist lender Kensington Mortgage Company in a £2.3 billion deal. Kensington, which has 600 staff and specialises in offering mortgages to the self-employed and borrowers with more complex incomes, is being sold by private equity owners Blackstone and Sixth Street. The company originated around £1.9bn of mortgages in…

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Regulation of BNPL could prevent 876,000 consumers from unmanageable debt

Regulation of Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) credit retail products could prevent up to 876,000 consumers from getting into unmanageable debt this year, according to new research from Barclays and StepChange. The study shows that the rising cost of living is having a direct impact on the popularity of BNPL purchases – over a third…

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FCA data strategy helping fraud crackdown

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is using state-of-the-art analytics to scan 100,000 websites a day in a crackdown on scams and fraud. Although the watchdog cannot remove fraudulent sites, it has added almost 2,000 possible scams to its consumer warning list since May 2021- up a third more than during the same time the previous…

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Half of credit card holders believe a physical card will be gone within five years

23rd June 2022 Consumer Lending | #credit cards

The average credit card holder in the UK believes they will continue to use a physical card for just nine and a half more years, according to new report by finder.com. The figure is quite consistent across all age groups, ranging from millennials who expect to keep using them for under 9 years, all the…

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FPC confirms mortgage affordability test withdrawal

The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has confirmed that it will withdraw its affordability test Recommendation. The change will come into effect from 1st August 2022. Introduced in 2014 the test specifies a stress interest rate for lenders when assessing prospective borrowers’ ability to repay a mortgage. The other Recommendation, the loan to income (LTI) ‘flow…

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Consumer finance new business grew by 21% in April

21st June 2022 Consumer Lending |

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 21% in April 2022 compared with the same month in 2021. In the first four months of 2022, new business was 30% higher than in the same period in 2021. The credit card and personal loan sectors…

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Consumer car finance new fell by 1% in April

21st June 2022 Consumer Lending | #motor finance

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer car finance new business volumes fell in April 2022 by 1% compared with the same month in 2021. The corresponding value of new business grew by 12% over the same period. In the first four months of 2022, new business volumes were…

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FCA announces announces funeral plan authorisation list

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a list of funeral plan providers it intends to authorise when the pre-paid funeral plans industry comes under its regulation from 29th July. 24 firms are on the list, including the largest funeral plan providers. Together these firms hold approximately 87% of existing customer plans. The FCA is…

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Government announces reform of the Consumer Credit Act

The Government has announced a major reform of the Consumer Credit Act, with this marking an effort to modernise the framework for credit firms. Ministers are looking to give more power to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as part of the changes, which the Government said would enable the regulator to quickly respond to developments…

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Nearly half of large financial institutions have adopted Open Banking

16th June 2022 Consumer Lending |

Nearly half (43%) of all large financial institutions have already adopted Open Banking according to a new report from API-driven identity management company Curity. The research shows that nearly half of all large institutions in the finance industry have already adopted Open Banking, with almost three-quarters (70%) planning to adopt it in the next 18…

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