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Paws for thought

Ever the professional, Seven IM’s Justin Urquhart Stewart was conducting a radio interview from his home studio and wound up counting his blessings that it was not a live TV recording.

Urquhart Stewart, a fan of the moggy, had an unexpected visitor in the form of his cat, who decided Justin’s work was interfering with the amount of attention he was receiving so decided to hog the mic. The feline friend got himself so comfortable wrapped around the microphone stand that he started purring, which Justin decided sounded decidedly like he was, well, rather gassy, shall we say. But he coped with it, as composed as ever. Luckily, there are no cats to distract us from filming MMTV in the office – we are nowhere near that professional.


GMAC-RFC to cap self-cert and new build products at 75 per cent LTV

GMAC-RFC has communicated to its packaging partners that it will be capping loan to value at 75 per cent on its self-cert and new build products.Packagers have been emailed details about the criteria changes ahead of the new criteria being implemented this Friday,Corporate relations manager Julie Gaskin says it will not changing rates.The capping of […]

Crackdown looming after the Rock fiasco

The panic over Northern Rock could result in the Government placing limits on how much funding can come from the money markets.Mehrdad Yousefi, director of distribution and sales at Wave and former head of intermediary mortgages at Alliance & Leicester, says he expects the Government to change the funding regime to stop a similar crisis […]

Public fail to recognise IFA ‘gurus’

Advisers are not marketing the benefits of their services properly, with consumers failing to understand the proposition IFAs offer, according to research by Aegon.In a one-and-a-half-day workshop, Aegon questioned consumers on how they felt about financial planning and asked them to design their ideal advice solution.There were five advice concepts tested – the financial guru […]


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