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....Those other things include a weak pound, a strong dollar and the generally higher stock market rating of US companies. Then there’s the fact that debt remains extraordinary cheap, and thus tax-efficient for the corporate borrower. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....In five areas - Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, North East England and Wales - more than half the adult population has savings below £100. There is a risk to UK economic stability too, with lenders standing to lose much more on their consumer credit loans than they would on mortgage lending if there is an economic downturn and their borrowers default on their credit card and other personal loans. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Car loans are already on the regulator’s radar. Like second mortgages, they are considered secured credit on the basis that lenders have a claim against an asset when borrowers can no longer pay monthly instalments. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... As the chief executive, Joe Garner, points out, the society is not in the profit maximisation game. It is a member-owned organisation with some freedom to manage its profits upwards or downwards, depending on how it wants to balance incentives between savers and borrowers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... As with other ISAs, people can hold up to £20,000 in the account or mix and match to split the sum between the innovative version as well as cash or stocks and shares. Peer-to-peer providers offer investors the chance to generate returns far higher than standard savings rates by lending their money to borrowers. ... [Read full article on Daily Express ]
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REVEALED: How YOU could get bumper returns of 6.5 per cent with new ISA  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 03:57:00 PM
.... As with other ISAs, people can hold up to £20,000 in the account or mix and match to split the sum between the innovative version as well as cash or stocks and shares. Peer-to-peer providers offer investors the chance to generate returns far higher than standard savings rates by lending their money to borrowers. ...
Mortgage loan: Lending to wannabe buyers falls as number of homes for sale dips image
....The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) recently reported that the number of homes on estate agents' books dwindled to a record low in March, with around 10 house hunters for every available property. The CML's senior economist, Mohammad Jamei, said: "First-time buyers and re-mortgage customers appear to be buoying the market, as low mortgage rates are encouraging borrowers to re-mortgage and attractive government schemes are helping first-time buyers. ...
If London subsidises the rest of the UK, where does that leave Scotland? | Nils Pratley image
.... As the chief executive, Joe Garner, points out, the society is not in the profit maximisation game. It is a member-owned organisation with some freedom to manage its profits upwards or downwards, depending on how it wants to balance incentives between savers and borrowers. ...
Debt fears remain despite manifesto 'breathing space' plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:24:11 PM
....In five areas - Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, North East England and Wales - more than half the adult population has savings below £100. There is a risk to UK economic stability too, with lenders standing to lose much more on their consumer credit loans than they would on mortgage lending if there is an economic downturn and their borrowers default on their credit card and other personal loans. ...
Debt fears grow as county court judgments soar by 35% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 05:07:52 PM
....Nearly 300,000 debt judgments were filed against individuals in English and Welsh county courts in the first three months of 2017, the highest quarterly figure for more than 10 years. Figures from the Registry Trust show a 35% rise compared with the first quarter of last year in county court judgments (CCJs) against borrowers who found themselves unable to pay their debts. ...
How to be on the winning side as mortgage war hots up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 06:00:37 AM
....29% five-year fixed rate, amid massive demand. Although this offer was for borrowers with a 40% deposit, and came with a £900 fee, there was no shortage of takers. ...
Pay off your mortgage FASTER: Save thousands of pounds with this trick image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 01:34:00 PM
. Lenders are competing to offer lower rates, which are fixed for longer, slashing loan repayments for borrowers. ...
How YOU can get up to £2,500 cashback from your mortgage  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:59:00 PM
.... However, the deal comes with a £790 fee, which cancels out all but £210 of the cashback. It means borrowers need to look carefully at the overall cost of the mortgage, including repayments, fees and cashback to decide if it is good value. ...
Living abroad? What does the Bank of England rate decision mean for you? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:49:00 PM
....The BoE slashed interest rates to record lows in order to help the UK deal with the fallout from the global economic crisis in 2008, and they have barely moved in almost ten years. While this is great news for borrowers, it has not been great news for savers. ...
Home sales in COLLAPSE: Lenders pull the plug after surveyors downgrade values  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 01:57:00 PM
. Lenders are more likely to retract provisional mortgage offers after receiving a so-called down-valuation, if the borrower has a smaller deposit and is looking for a higher loan to value, on the ground evidence suggests. ...
REVEALED: How many interest-only borrowers are paying off their mortgage image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 11:05:00 AM
. Many borrowers have little option but to turn to equity release after being refused capital repayment mortgages by lenders. ...
UK house prices in first quarterly fall since 2012 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 08:36:14 AM
.... . Under the rule, banks and building societies cannot lend more than 15% of their mortgages to riskier borrowers. ...
THESE credit cards can help YOU improve your credit rating image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 6th of May 2017 05:04:00 PM
....However, there are special options that give people a chance to restore their rating - as long as repayments are met. Credit repair cards can help low income borrowers, the self-employed, as well as those without a credit history and with CCJs, according to Moneyfacts. ...
Mortgage price war: HSBC five-year fix ramps up competition as borrowers urged to switch image
....69 per cent fixed-rate for five years, as it cut rates across 14 of its mortgages. The five-year offering has a fee of £999, available to borrowers with a equity of at least 25 per cent (75 per cent Loan To Value). ...
Mortgage approvals dip for second month image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 09:49:42 AM
. Mortgage approvals fell for the second month in a row despite lenders stepping up their offers to borrowers. ...
How ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ can help children buy home WITHOUT having to hand over cash image
.... These options can also suit Britons who aren't in the position or comfortable to give large amounts of cash to children - often in cases where one set of parents is giving support to a couple. Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, says: "Money from parents must really be a gift rather than a loan as far as mortgage lenders are concerned, so that it doesn’t impact the borrower’s affordability. ...
Wealthy feel pinch of housing costs as one in four Australians face mortgage stress image
....North is not alone in highlighting household vulnerability. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s financial stability review last month observed one-third of Australian borrowers had little or no mortgage “buffer”, which North said was “the first time they’ve ever admitted it”. ...
Parents '10th biggest mortgage lender' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 09:52:41 AM
....Others state their annoyance that such funding is only an option for some buyers, and should not be considered as a recognised source of mortgage deposits. Elsewhere, Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: "Money from parents must really be a gift rather than a loan as far as mortgage lenders are concerned, so that it doesn't impact the borrower's affordability. ...
'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £6.5bn this year, report predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 05:01:18 AM
....“Transaction volumes are down in the housing market, but [parental] funding is growing exponentially. This is not a good thing, nor is it sustainable or equitable for our parents [the lenders] or young people [the borrowers]. ...
Is Triodos the ethical bank that could replace the Co-op? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
....Triodos’s USP is that it only lends money to organisations and projects that are “making a positive difference to society”, whether’s that’s socially, culturally or environmentally. It publishes details of every loan it makes via its website, and its borrowers have included chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ, and Worthy Farm, home to the Glastonbury festival. ...
The Crusader: Overhaul of LOGBOOK LOAN laws spells better deal for car buyers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:01:00 PM
. These are a way for borrowers to use their car or van as security. ...
Santander chief warns on 'changeable' UK economy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 10:31:49 AM
....Santander UK's mortgage lending fell after withdrawing cheaper deals in the previous three-month period. First-quarter figures a year earlier were also flattered by a flurry of buy-to-let borrowers aiming to beat April's stamp duty increase for second homes. ...
Low rates, tight margins: the mortgage market looks worryingly familiar image
.... And that is just what the Yorkshire building society has done. Admittedly the borrower must have a 35% deposit and pay a £1,495 fee upfront, but still, someone with a £200,000 mortgage will repay just £744 a month on a 25-year term, compared with £1,123 on the building society’s standard variable rate of 4. ...
UK bank launches cheapest ever mortgage rate at 0.89% but there's a MAJOR catch image
....85 per cent for two years. Aside from the hefty lump sum to secure it, there is a chance the SVR could rise which could leave borrowers at risk from higher repayments. ...
Record low rate signals mortgage battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 09:48:53 AM
.... The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said this fall had been cancelled out by a pick-up in lending to first-time buyers but, overall, the UK's housing market was in "neutral gear". This climate, in part, has resulted in lenders launching new products to try to attract new borrowers. ...
Yorkshire Building Society launches record low 0.89% mortgage rate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:01:02 PM
....29% – attracted huge interest but was pulled on Wednesday evening after being available for just a week. A spokesman for the Yorkshire, which announced in January that it was shutting 48 branches, said: “We are very pleased to offer borrowers the lowest mortgage rate ever available. ...
Financial Conduct Authority concerned over personal debt image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 09:09:54 AM
.... Its Financial Policy Committee said there had been an acceleration in debt last year. Consumer credit lending is still less than 10% of all lending by UK banks to household borrowers. ...
Higher interest rates. Great idea. Here’s why it won’t happen image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 04:00:06 PM
....After several years of year-on-year growth, runs the argument, higher interest rates will deter banks, insurers and even hedge funds and private equity funds from taking excessive risks to improve their profits. Low rates mean they need to generate huge volumes of business to make the equivalent profit, forcing them to embrace sub-prime borrowers, as they did in the early part of the century to such disastrous effect. ...
'Scant reward for savers!': New Government NS&I bond blasted by critics image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:54:00 PM
....2 per cent in today’s depressed savings market may look appealing at first glance but it’s not that generous in the scheme of things. "With the maximum balance set at just £3,000 and having to lock your cash away for three years it’s scant reward for savers who have had to endure rock bottom rates at the expense of borrowers for far too long. ...
Government launches ‘market-leading’ savings account image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:25:30 PM
....2% in today’s depressed savings market may look appealing at first glance, but it’s not that generous in the scheme of things. “With the maximum balance set at just £3,000 and having to lock your cash away for three years, it’s scant reward for savers who have had to endure rock-bottom rates at the expense of borrowers for far too long. ...
Government 2.2% savings bond goes on sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 08:00:16 AM
....2% in today's depressed savings market may look appealing at first glance, but it's not that generous in the scheme of things," said personal finance expert Andrew Hagger of Moneycomms. "With the maximum balance set at just £3,000 and having to lock your cash away for three years, it's scant reward for savers who have had to endure rock-bottom rates at the expense of borrowers for far too long. ...
Wonga data breach 'affects 245,000 UK customers' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 02:20:23 PM
....The firm said it was "urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers". The firm said it began contacting borrowers on Saturday and was offering support through a dedicated phone line. ...
Wonga data breach could affect nearly 250,000 UK customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 11:33:39 AM
....The lender, which offers loans at interest rates starting at 1,286% a year, became aware of a problem last week but did not realise until Friday that data could be accessed externally. It alerted the authorities and started to contact borrowers on Saturday to make them aware of the problem, and give details of a dedicated customer services phone line for those affected. ...
Low interest rates put global financial sector at risk, IMF warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 02:30:06 PM
....It said efforts should be made not just to facilitate consolidation of smaller banks but also to “limit excessive risk-taking and avoid a worsening of the too-big-to-fail problem”. The IMF’s view that low interest rates might be here to stay was challenged by the ratings agency Fitch, which said borrowers should prepare for a significant shift in the global interest rate environment over the next few years. ...
Is there a housing bubble or isn't there? | Greg Jericho image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 02:00:07 PM
....And then there is the problem of bank-lending practices. Lowe told his audience he is worried that “too many loans are still made where the borrower has the skinniest of income buffers after interest payments”. ...
Bank still worried about personal lending image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:26:26 AM
....The recent rapid rise in consumer borrowing is still a potential threat to the stability of the UK's financial system, says the Bank of England. The Bank is concerned about the damage that could be done to the finances of lenders if borrowers default on their borrowing during an economic downturn. ...
Ignore the nanny-state claims – credit card firms need to help those in long-term debt | Nils Pratley image
.... That is not how the product is meant to operate. Unless lenders are forced to accept a few obligations to borrowers, the grubbier end of the credit card industry will look outright exploitative. ...
Sydney property prices rise almost 20% in past 12 months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 03:08:56 AM
....9% on average last year. But the news comes as the ratings agency Moody’s warned an increasing number of borrowers have fallen behind on their mortgage and car repayments, saying more borrowers are set to join them amid rising underemployment, record-low wages growth and a more difficult housing market. ...
How to fight back against age bias on finances image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . David Hollingworth, mortgage broker at London & Country, says older borrowers keen to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates need to demonstrate that they can afford the mortgage: “This means showing evidence of all your sources of income after you have retired. ...
Bradford & Bingley mortgage sale raises £11.8bn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 06:57:25 AM
.... Around half are residential mortgages while the rest are buy-to-let. A non-performing loan is generally classified as one where the borrower has not made a scheduled payment for more than 90 days. ...
Trump is wrong to criticise Germany over trade – he should look closer to home image
....He should also consider that those alluring US financial products, which have so afflicted America’s export sector, have sometimes been pie in the sky rather than legitimate investment opportunities. Both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton prompted brokers with their Community Reinvestment Act to help the US poor achieve home ownership by means of generous loans, even though it was clear from the outset that many of these borrowers would never be able to repay the money. ...
UK banks given new stress test scenarios image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 11:43:00 AM
.... . Setting out the stress test scenarios, the Bank of England said: "As highlighted in recent financial stability reports, the United Kingdom's large current account deficit creates a vulnerability to a reduction in foreign investor appetite for UK assets and increases in funding costs for real-economy borrowers. ...
Payday loan industry using former Labor shadow minister as lobbyist image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 03:41:46 AM
. The payday loan industry is using Labor’s former shadow financial services minister to lobby against stronger protections for vulnerable and low-income borrowers. ...
Consumer advocates call for crackdown on irresponsible payday lending image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 07:35:58 PM
....The financial services minister, Kelly O’Dwyer, has committed to introducing the reforms this year. The Financial Rights Legal Centre’s principal solicitor, Alexandra Kelly, said further delays would have real consequences for vulnerable borrowers. ...
New Nationwide deal for parents to raise cash from their home to help their children image
....Nationwide said that family members who could be helped include a spouse, civil partner, parent, brother, sister, child, step child, grandparent, grandchild or someone whose relationship with the applicant has "the characteristics of a family relationship". Those who are living off a retirement income can also use the Family Deposit Mortgage to raise deposit funds but, as with other borrowers, they will need to pass Nationwide's lending criteria. ...
REVEALED: The trick to pay LESS for your mortgage each month image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 09:01:00 AM
....uk. For example, the average rate for borrowers with a 25 per cent deposit is 2. ...
Are these cashback deals  a carrot… or a costly stick? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 07:00:32 AM
....“Lenders have slashed their rates to the extent that there is not much room for manoeuvre, so one of the other ways of attracting business is to offer incentives. As with any mortgage, borrowers should not be swayed by ‘freebies’, and must work out the cost of this benefit so they don’t end up paying for it in the long run. ...
MORTGAGE RATE WAR: New 0.99 per cent deal gives boost to home buyers as market shakes up image
....It is the first time the provider has offered a rate below one per cent and is currently the only such deal on the market. However, the mortgage comes with a relatively high fee of £1,495, highlighting the importance for borrowers to calculate overall cost of a loan including repayment costs and added fees. ...
US Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 1% in bid to hold off inflation image
....“Trump’s grand plans for American infrastructure spending have signalled an about-turn for US economic policy – after just one rate increase in ten years, we’ve now seen two in the space of three months, and plenty more are expected for 2017. “This all spells bad news for US borrowers, who will likely have to foot a larger bill over the coming months. ...
Interest-only mortgage deals: Bank to help 100,000s borrowers with new change image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 02:15:00 PM
....Over 55s left with outstanding balances on interest-only deals when a deal ends, often turn to equity release or in the worst case sell family homes to pay off debts. However, Shawbrook's ’55 Plus Interest-Only Mortgage will consider borrowers who are up to 75 when they take out a deal and up to 85 by the end of the mortgage term. ...
Labour must learn to win if it wants to shape the UK's economic future image
.... A one-term deficit reduction plan has now become a 15-year slog. Third, when the economy subsequently slowed in 2011 and 2012, the response from George Osborne was to warm up the housing market by providing banks with incentives to lend and borrowers with incentives to buy. ...
Landlord tax: How to beat new buy-to-let charges coming in NEXT month  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 04:44:00 PM
.... As well as generating top returns of around five per cent, this method also allows investors aren't faced with the prospect of difficult tenants or changes to property tax. The main issue to consider is whether borrowers - typically landlords and developers - can repay their loans and, if they don't, whether the platform can reimburse investors. ...
Savers are getting worse return than ever while risk takers are benefiting image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms take money from savers and loan it to people and small businesses. The aim is to bypass banks and building societies giving savers and borrowers a better rate. ...
Bank of England makes obscure tweak to mortgage rules... now you can get a BIGGER mortgage image
....5 times income more than that. "Because many mortgage offers are valid for up to six months but lenders don't know how quickly borrowers will complete, each lender has up to now had to assume that a higher than statistically likely proportion of offers in excess of 4. ...
Payday loans complaints rise 22% despite FCA clampdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 06:01:20 AM
. Complaints to the financial ombudsman about payday loans have risen to almost 200 a week – and not all of those experiencing problems necessarily fit the image of low-income borrowers relying on short-term loans to get by. ...
One in four UK families have less than £95 in savings, report finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:01:30 AM
.... Home ownership rose among high-income families to 90% from 88%. Aviva said declining rates of home ownership could be a sign of difficulties getting a mortgage for first-time buyers or families not considered “prime” borrowers. ...
Savers need a balancing act to beat inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:00:31 AM
....Laith Khalaf of advisers Hargreaves Lansdown says yields of 5% are available, but there is a risk to your capital. “The big risk is that borrowers don’t pay back their loans, and while these delinquency rates are low at the moment, so are interest rates and unemployment, which helps make debt more affordable. ...
How to cut FIVE months off your mortgage repayments with one simple move image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 04:02:00 PM
....". He added: "For one, borrowers are insulated from the rate rises that they might otherwise be exposed to when their short term deals end. ...
Tackle your debts while interest rates are at lowest image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 11:59:00 AM
.... . Hollingworth says you should also consider taking advantage of today’s record low mortgage rates to switch to a cheaper deal, even if you have retired: “Lenders are tighter in their approach to older borrowers but can offer mortgages where you can prove the loan will be affordable. ...
Co-op Bank is up for sale – is it time to leave? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of February 2017 07:00:33 AM
.... But we don’t yet know the full details about its current account, and Triodos has no high street branches. It says it will only lend to organisations “who put people and the planet before profits,” and publishes details of all its borrowers. ...
A new Isa is offering tax-free returns of 12% – so what’s the catch? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of February 2017 07:00:33 AM
.... However, some experts are predicting that this is the year that a new tax-free account for peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding will shake up the savings market and bring some much-needed better news on returns. Peer-to-peer websites match borrowers (individuals or companies) with investors or lenders. ...
Deutsche Bank examined Trump's account for Russia links image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 12:31:00 PM
.... Asked whether this was normal practice, one former Deutsche Bank employee, who worked for the bank in New York, said: “Are you kidding me?”. Another former CEO of a rival investment bank, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “The idea that a bank would walk away from an enforcement lawsuit on a defaulted loan with a litigious borrower because they hired a banking team is preposterous. ...
Steven Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs exec, confirmed as treasury secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:50:03 AM
.... He said he had worked hard during the financial crisis to assist homeowners with refinancing so that they could remain in their homes. He told the committee that his bank had extended more than 100,000 loan modifications to borrowers. ...
New mortgage helps buyers meet Stamp Duty costs  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Barclays will give the cashback directly to borrowers, so it is up to them whether they want to use it to cover their stamp duty costs or something else, such as paying for furniture for their new home. ...
Sub-prime cars: are car loans driving us towards the next financial crash? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 03:29:36 PM
....1tn in car-loan debt compares with more than $14tn in home mortgages. Dally said lending in Britain had been highly disciplined, with little evidence of loans to sub-prime borrowers, and that the UK was “absolutely a world leader in the quality of underwriting and minimising risk”. ...
Home repossessions at lowest level since 1982, figures show image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 12:00:00 AM
....Repossessions have been generally declining since reaching a recent peak of 48,900 cases in 2009. Ultra-low mortgage rates have been keeping borrowers' mortgage payments relatively affordable. ...
Lloyds must compensate the victims of the £245m HBOS scam – fast | Nils Pratley image
....It is true, of course, that Lloyds was a victim: the fraud ran to £245m, the court was told, and it took place before it bought HBOS in 2007. But the bank was not a victim in the same sense as the HBOS borrowers. ...
Trump's bonfire of banking rules could burn us all | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 07:14:50 PM
.... “I have so many people, friends of mine, who have nice businesses who can’t borrow money,” said Trump when he signed an executive order last week. There is little evidence that banks are refusing to lend to creditworthy borrowers in the US. ...
Universities minister announces sale of student loan book image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 03:28:59 PM
....The government has begun its controversial sale of the student loan book, which it expects to recoup £12bn in the long run for the exchequer, and assured graduates that they will not have to pay more. The universities minister, Jo Johnson, said the move would have “no impact” on student borrowers paying off loans, as terms and conditions would remain the same after the sale was completed. ...
Mortgage affordability unchanged despite rising house prices, report finds image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:00:00 AM
. Halifax calculated that new borrowers could expect to spend 30 per cent of their take-home pay on their mortgage in the final quarter of 2016 - unchanged from the percentage a year earlier in the last three months of 2015. ...
After the Italian job, BT boss must make sure success doesn’t blow up in his face image
....Co-operative Bank – once owned by the mutual grocer and funeral homes operator Co-operative Group – put out an announcement on Thursday to say its capital position was going to slump below 10% and that it would fail to meet the individual regulatory plan it had agreed with the Bank of England until 2020. In reality this makes no difference to its savers and borrowers, but it is another illustration of how long it can take to make repairs to a bank that has run into trouble. ...
Is equity release a good way to pay off your home loan? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 07:00:48 AM
....The Financial Conduct Authority has previously warned that many of those with maturing interest-only mortgages may not have enough money to pay what they owe. With this type of home loan, the borrower agrees to pay off the interest each month but makes no capital repayments. ...
Halifax is chasing a debt on a house my wife left 20 years ago image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 07:00:31 AM
....When I point this out, it performs a startling U-turn. It insists the repayment mortgage was signed by both borrowers, but suddenly decides it will exonerate your wife from the debt without admitting liability. ...
Your money: Hidden costs behind your financial products image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
....”. CREDIT CARDS Credit card borrowers can take advantage of some great interest-free deals, with Halifax and MBNA leading the pack by charging zero per cent on balance transfers for the first 43 months. ...

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