View more on these topics

CML urges Chancellor to freeze stamp duty

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is urging Chancellor Gordon Brown to impose a freeze on stamp duty in his budget next Spring. The CML says another hike in stamp duty – which would be the fifth consecutive raise — would be ill-advised at a time when consumer confidence needs to be kept high. It says the £60,000 stamp duty threshold should be raised in line with house price inflation as the current level is a prohibitive cost for many first-time buyers.


Sitting comfortably

Advising on phased retirement is second nature to many IFAs. But away from their clients&#39 pension and investment needs, what advisers do to ensure their own slow and comfortable passage into retirement is not always so clear-cut.The high average age of advisers and low capitalisation of firms has been a persistent concern, leaving IFAs in […]

The road to regulation

The sheer size of the FSA&#39s CP98 draft mortgage sourcebook gives an early taste to brokers, lenders and borrowers alike as to how life is likely to be when the rule changes are brought in.At over 400 pages, the document is as daunting to brokers as a panoply of five-page pre-application illustrations per mortgage under […]

Value added facts

In looking at the objective and subjective factors aff ecting an individual&#39s decision on whether or not it would be preferable to transfer preserved pension benefits from a defined-benefits occupational pension scheme to a private arrangement, we have now reached the second of four (or, in many cases, five) stages in the calculation of a […]

Bankhall and DBS offer N2 support

Bankhall has developed an N2 package for directly PIAregulated members to ensure they meet the changed compliance requirements.It is also running 18 presentations around the UK until November 7, emphasising the importance of senior management responsibility, effective systems, controls and risk assessment, the implication of the new approved persons&#39 regime and the code of practice […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment