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Bank of England announces 0.25 per cent rate rise

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has welcomed the announcement by the Bank of England today that interest rates will only rise by 0.25 per cent.

CML director general Michael Coogan believes the move should not dent the healthy housing market although it may help dampen down local &#39hot spots&#39.

He says: &#34The CML has been anticipating that rates would increase moderately, which was factored into our revised housing market forecast in September.&#34


Mortgage mis-selling blamed on high commission

Thousands of homeowners could be entitled to compensation because of mortgage mis-selling, according to the Personal Investment Authority.PIA ombudsman Tony Holland said endowment mortgages were riskier than capital repayment mortgages, and it was essential that the risk was explained to borrowers.High commission payments have been blamed for fuelling much of the problem, which could leave […]

HSA wins IFA award

HSA Healthcare has been voted by IFAs as the best provider of hospital cash plans at the 1999 Health Insurance Awards.Collecting the award, HSA head of corporate sales and marketing Peter Drummond said: “Winning this award is particularly satisfying as we only officially entered the IFA market relatively recently and already we have managed to […]

PIA fines IFA £12,500

The PIA has taken disciplinary action against Sinclair Osborne Financial Services of St. Andrews Fife.The firm has been reprimanded and ordered to pay £12,500 for compliance failings related to the pensions review.It has also been ordered to pay £4,000 in respect of PIA&#39s costs.

Old Mutual appoints head of sales

Old Mutual Fund Managers has appointed Andrew Lightbown as head of sales.Lightbown was previously director of investment sales at Threadneedle Investments.He says: “I am thrilled to be joining Old Mutual at this time. The company has exciting and ambitious plans for growth of its unit trust business, and I am looking forward to contributing to […]

Iain Chadwick

The Budget 2015: a brief overview

Following George Osborne’s delivery of his sixth Budget as chancellor and the last of this current parliament, we have provided a brief overview of the initiatives put forward in his statement, focusing on the topics that have an impact upon the pensions landscape, savings, personal taxation and businesses.


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