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CML revamps website

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is launching a revamped website to give easy access to research data about the mortgage market.

The website contains research findings, press briefings, statistics, consumer information, a mortgage calculator and links to the websites of CML members.

CML director general Michael Coogan says: “The new website reflects the CML&#39s ambition to be an innovator and to respond to members&#39 changing needs. We hope the new website will be used widely not only by our members but by everyone who is interested in the UK mortgages market.”


FSAVC review goes online

The FSA is issuing IFA firms with software which will allow them to recordtheir work on the FSAVC review. It will also let them submit returns overthe internet. Details of how to access the software – called the FSAVC Review Reporter –will be issued to 1,500 IFA firms with cases to review next week and […]

Make mimi a Permanent fixture

Permanent, the protection product division of Liverpool Victoria, has introduced a cafeteria-style mortgage protection package called mimi. There are four options — critical illness cover, life cover, income protection and mortgage payment protection.Mimi is designed to encourage borrowers to take out cover for all their needs, even where their mortgage lender does not make this […]

Accrual age

Last week, I noted the possible or probable abolition of the upper agelimit at which an annuity must be drawn and the certain abolition of theupper age limit at which employees willbe required to retire. Both these developments (or likely developments) have been prompted by aEuropean Union directive issued last year which requires member states […]

Insurance against living too long

Why do some commentators object to the compulsory purchase annuity regime? The reason apparently is that annuities give bad value for money. Inarriving at this conclusion, they cite annuity rates today compared withyears ago. They also argue that annuities are unpopular because they do notallow money to be paid to survivors on death. In fact, […]

Can you put a hat on?

By Sarah Scott, marketing consultant You might think the question in the title is a strange one. Perhaps even more so when you learn that it’s one of several asked as part of an assessment for Employment Support Allowance eligibility in the opening scenes of the 2016 film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Daniel is a carpenter […]


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