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Mortgage regulation decision looms

Gordon Brown is expected to decide on the future of mortgage regulation this month.

Brown could hand over mortgage regulation to the Financial Services Authority when he visits its headquarters in the next two weeks.

Experts predict the FSA will take control of all firms lending money secured on residential property in the £490m mortgage industry from next year.

Brown&#39s visit will also provide the opportunity to discuss whether the FSA can take control of the mortgage industry before the Financial Services and Markets Bill passes to report stage in the Commons.


Demutualised firms in &#39social lepers&#39 claim

Demutualised building societies are being accused of creating “social lepers” by academic experts.Newcastle University&#39s Richard Willis is claiming former building societies close nearly three times as many branches than they open, particularly in deprived areas.Willis says: “Building societies seem to have a social conscience. They are much closer to their communities and can survive on […]

Government battles finance bill delays

WORDS 111The Government is set to draft in outside lawyers to help speed up the passing of the Financial Services and Markets Bill.The bill has been plagued with delays caused by a need to redraft much of the contents. Although originally expected to be enacted in Spring experts predict it will not now be ready […]

Watchdog warning on share perks

The Financial Services Authority are urging caution to investors buying shares because they offer perks. FSA spokesperson Sarah Modlock says: “If people are buying equities they need to realise there is a risk attached to this. You should always seek professional advice.”IFA firm Hargreaves Landsdown offers a guide of 90 stockmarket companies who give perks […]

BoS war of words with NatWest

Bank of Scotland has hit out at National Westminster Bank&#39s defence strategy as “selective and unrepresentative” in the latest snipe of the hostile takeover bid for the bank.The attack responds to Natwest&#39s defence document which slated most banking mergers as destroying value.But BoS says Natwest&#39 s defence “clearly indicated its failure to understand the dynamics […]

US election

Capital Market Notes, November 2016 David Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Global Asset Management, looks at the impact on markets and portfolios since the somewhat surprising outcome of the US election. Click here


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