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Bright Grey warns big mortgages are putting borrowers at greater risk

Bright Grey says more first-time buyers are falling into the protection gap due to rising monthly mortgage repayments.

Product director Roger Edwards says he is concerned by deals such as Abbey’s new deal which allows borrowers to take out a mortgage of up to five times their income.

He says people who take out bigger mortgages may not be able to afford to take out sufficient cover or will not prioritise the payment of protection policies.

Edwards calls this a vicious circle because people who are not insured are less likely to have savings to fall back on in the event of ill-health which could leave them unable to keep up their mortgage repayments.

Edwards says: “We are in danger of seeing a Catch-22 situation developing. People who are taking out a mortgage are taking out the biggest debt that is likely to occur in their lives.

“Adding on a protection policy could be seen as an expense too far. At what point do people start deprioriti- sing protection?”


Visa debit clients can get full refund

Farepak customers who paid the firm using a Visa debit card can get a full refund of lost savings by asking their bank to start a Visa chargeback against Farepak’s bank as a refund for services not received, thanks to a loophole exposed by

Axa successfully secures acquisition of Thinc Group

Axa’s bid for Thinc Group has finally gone through after more than 96.2 per cent of Thinc shareholders accepted the French insurance giant’s offer.Thinc will cost Axa up to £100m. The insurer placed a formal offer of £70m for Thinc based on its performance in 2009 and pledged a further £30m to refinance its debt […]

Briault issues TCF warning for firms

FSA retail markets managing director Clive Briault told an FSA conference this week that identifying firms making slow progress with TCF by March and “bringing them to the stage” will be central to its supervisory work.


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