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London repos hit 10-year high

Repossessions in London have increased to their highest levels in 10 years according to data from the Department of Constitutional Affairs, the Council of Mortgage Lenders and Fitch Ratings. London’s repo rate is now around double that of the North.


GMAC claims 75% growth in lending

GMAC-RFC claims its 2006 lending was five times the market rate of growth and says it believes this to be the strongest growth of any major lender last year.It says its pre-audit lending for 2006 is £12.1bn which represents 75 per cent year-on-year growth.But John Charcol senior technical adviser Ray Boulger believes the lender has […]

Industry warns Government initiatives are failing savers

There is continuing concern the Government’s economic and fiscal polices are deterring people from saving, according to the ABI’s latest survey of senior executives.The quarterly ABI/Populus survey of the insurance industry found 37 per cent of executives believed Government policy initiatives were having a negative effect on the personal savings market and only 8 per […]

JLT unveils group Sipp but holds back on pricing

Jardine Lloyd Thompson has introduced a group self-invested personal pension and predicts that other major pension providers will follow suit.The Sipp will be positioned alongside JLT’s occupational pension scheme and provide access to 1,500 funds through Fundsdirect. Employees will be able to invest in property and unlisted shares by activating the “true Sipp” option.The scheme […]

Alliance Trust wins £1.95m grant from Scottish Executive

Alliance Trust has won a £1.95m grant from the Scottish Executive that will support its plans to expand its pensions, asset management and investment dealing businesses over the next three years. The grant will support plans to create a further 160 new jobs in Dundee and build a large, modern headquarters in the centre of […]


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