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Brokers attack 'back of an envelope' Labour mansion tax plans

31 October 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers have slammed the Labour Party after it revealed its proposed mansion tax last week.


Is it time for major reform to how we tax property?

23 October 2014 | By Samuel Dale

Political parties are considering big reforms of stamp duty and wealth taxes.

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Why did the Scottish No campaign not talk about mortgage uncertainty?

18 September 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers argue that the uncertainty around a currency split and mortgage lending should have been a main feature of the No campaign

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Lack of direction: Govt's guidance on long-term care advice falls short

11 July 2014 | By Steve Tolley

Advisers and providers believe the Government’s long-term care guidelines are too broad and don’t do enough to aid self-funders.

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Rollercoaster ride: The latest twist in the interest-only mortgage saga

4 December 2014 | By Samuel Dale

Interest-only mortgages have a checkered history and have been tainted by the financial crash.


Danby Bloch: The mansion tax effect on financial planning

30 October 2014

The mansion tax seems to help the many and hurt the few, which is electorally almost irresistible

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Lenders under fire over remortgage approvals

11 August 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers expect to see an autumn upturn in remortgage approvals but urge lenders and borrowers to assess the situation now.


Do Budget pension reforms help or hinder older borrowers?

1 July 2014 | Updated: 4 July 2014 | By Devraj Ray

What options are there for older borrowers in light of the Budget changes?


Brokers attack armed forces Help to Buy rules

26 June 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Armed forces personnel using the Forces Help to Buy scheme are prevented from taking up the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee as it violates EU regulations

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Which way out on Help to Buy 2?

17 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Treasury says it has “mechanisms” in place to smooth the ending of the mortgage guarantee scheme, but doesn’t know what these are


Ned Cazalet: ‘We are on the threshold of a torrent of product development’

27 March 2014

Cazalet Consulting chief executive Ned Cazalet examines how the financial services landscape has been changed in the wake of the Budget.

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The stamp duty reform that got away

27 March 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Did Osborne miss a trick on failing to bring in a new stamp duty tax band at 2 per cent?

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Care funding needs financial advice

20 February 2014

The Care Bill is reaching its final stages but the Government is still resisting making it mandatory for self-funders to be referred to professional financial advisers to review their options.


Moving forward: Carney guidance shouldn't put clients off fixing

20 February 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers believe now is still the time to fix despite Bank assurances on base rate.


'We agree with Steve': Do the Tories have any pensions ideas?

30 January 2014 | By Samuel Dale

The Conservatives are lacking a coherent pensions policy due to the dynamics of coalition Government.

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