View more on these topics

OFT warns against regulatory costs falling on the vulnerable

The OFT is calling for policy changes to stop the cost of financial services regulation impacting disproportionately on vulnerable consumers.

It says current banking and insurance practices are excluding millions of low-income households from essential financial services.

Director general John Bridgeman says: &#34A new commitment from Government, regulators and industry is needed to improve the economic welfare of those on low or volatile incomes, ethnic minorities and the disabled.

&#34Such people are being left behind in an expanding market where the choice is between a range of complex and highly regulate products primarily aimed at relatively well off and low risk consumers.&#34


HMC launches new mortgage

Household Mortgage Corporation is launching a three year fixed-rate mortgage at 5.5 per cent which will only be available through intermediaries.Customers are required to take HMC&#39s Buildings Only Insurance for the duration of the fixed period to qualify for the 5.5 per cent rate. Customers making their own insurance arrangements will be offered a rate […]

AIM Newsletter recommends six

The AIM newsletter which provides independent guidance to investing in AIM shares is recommending six companies which should come through difficult market conditions.The six are IT specialist SBS Group, software designer Staffware, pawnbrokers Albemarle & Bond, Dragon&#39s Health Clubs, housing consultancy specialist HACAS Group and fund manager Farlake.

Equity analysts say industry unprepared for euro costs

UK equity analysts are warning that in the short term some industries face substantial costs and damage to their margins because of the euro.A Deloitte Consulting survey conducted by MORI found that 80 per cent of UK analysts expect the euro&#39s introduction to involve substantial costs to companies and 77 per cent believe it will […]

Barclays launches fixed rates without redemption penalties

Barclays is launching a range of fixed-rate mortgages that have no redemption penalties and offer further fixed-rates at the end of their terms.The fixed-rate range includes two, three, five and ten-year products at 5.99 per cent or 6.19 per cent if customers do not take out Barclays buildings and contents insurance.At the end of the […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment