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Chelsea launches lowest ever five-year fixed rate mortgage

Chelsea Building Society will today launch the cheapest ever five-year fixed mortgage at a rate of 3.39 per cent.

According to the Financial Times, the deal is available to homeowners with a deposit of 30 per cent or more, and comes with an arrangement fee of £1,495.

The Chelsea offering is 10 basis points cheaper than the next best rate of 3.49 per cent offered through Chelsea parent company Yorkshire Building Society, according to reports.


EU proposals can boost UK broker market

We do not talk enough about the value of advice. At the height of the mortgage boom, a broker could tell a prospective borrower they did not need to go directly to the bank but could go through the broker and get a cheaper deal from the same bank. We did not need to talk […]

Advice still needs a human touch

The Money Advice Service website has raised much debate over the last few weeks. Free or not, it is here to stay and we probably need to find a way to embrace the positives rather than dismiss it out of hand. My initial reaction is that there is broad spectrum of quite detailed and useful […]

Willis fined £6.9m for lack of crime control

The FSA has fined insurance broker Willis Limited £6.9m for failings in its anti-bribery and corruption systems and controls. The fine is the biggest in relation to financial crime systems and controls to date. Between January 2005 and December 2009, Willis made £27m-worth of payments to overseas third parties who assisted it in winning and […]

Back, but not by popular demand

The securitisation market is slowly being rehabilitated as a reliable source of funds for mortgage lending but as many investors had their fingers burnt once before, will there be sufficient appetite for it? Rachael Adams reports

Why prevention is better than cure

Quoting the famous adage, prevention is better than cure; there are many proactive benefits that can improve wellness in the workplace, decrease stress, increase staff morale and reduce absenteeism, as well as attracting and retaining employees of a higher standard. With a recent study showing that employees in Britain are working below peak productivity, preventative benefits can ensure you address potential health issues or causes of stress at their source and ensure productivity in the workplace remains at an optimum level. With this in mind, how are you using preventative benefits to help keep your workforce happy and healthy?


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