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Capital Private Finance appoints Ian Baker as sales director

Capital Private Finance, the joint venture between Countrywide and Mortgage Advice Bureau, has appointed Ian Baker as its sales director.

Baker, who will report to the board, joins from John Charcol, where he was its sales manager. Prior to John Charcol, he was an area sales manager at Andrew Estate Agents.

CPF is due to launch in August and will cater for the clients of Countrywide’s premium estate agency brands.

MAB chief executive Peter Brodnicki says: “Ian brings with him a wealth of experience in the southern residential property sector and his expertise, paired with his management style, passion and enthusiasm for the role makes him an excellent fit for the business.”

Countrywide financial services director Nigel Stockton says: “We said that we would be looking to attract the best private finance consultants in the industry to be a part of this exciting venture and we’re really pleased to have Ian onboard.”


Co-op to launch £871m securitisation

Co-operative Bank is to launch its second residential mortgage-backed securitisation in two years in a transaction which Moody’s estimates to be around £871m. The Silk Road Finance Number Two programme is made up of a pool of prime UK residential mortgage loans originated by the former Britannia Building Society and Co-operative Bank. The pool is […]


Meteor drops Lehman-backed product judicial review

Meteor is to repay a couple £20,000 they invested in one of its Lehman-backed products after agreeing to drop a judicial review of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s decision to award compensation. The FOS ruled in February that Meteor did not treat the couple fairly when it failed to inform them Lehman Brothers, the counterparty of […]

Strategic bond managers go bearish

Strategic bond fund managers have become more cautious in their holdings in light of the unstable economic outlook. Henderson head of retail fixed income John Pattullo, manager of the company’s £1.1bn strategic bond fund, is holding 12-13 per cent in cash, up from 8-9 per cent in the autumn, and plans to buy credit derivatives. […]

Responsibility Matters

The latest update from the Sustainable Investments Team at Royal London Asset Management, Responsibility Matters, is now available. In this edition the team look at issues such as the growing acceptance of sustainable investing and technology in China. Read the update here: The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and […]


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