UK borrowers have taken out a record number of fixed-rate mortgages since Sept 2006, according to the Mortgage Trust. Fixed-rate deals now make up over 60 per cent of the market, up 48 per cent since last September.
Alexander Hall is to expand its branch network and broker headcount following the takeover of parent group Foxtons by BC Partners for 390m.Chief operating officer Andy Pratt says BC Partners is backing the plans, which will see Alexander Hall open more offices in Guildford and Surrey, where it only has one office, and expand further […]
Norwich Union says it will invest £180m this year to move its 850 legacy products onto five internal platforms and streamline its systems.NU has built up a large number of legacy systems as a result of the numerous mergers and acquisitions that have combined to form the firm.Distribution director David Barral says: “You would expect […]
Marsden Building Society and LV= have announced a new strategic partnership.From September, Marsden will be offering LV=’s range of investment, life insurance and pensions products, advised by the friendly’s tied financial advisers. Marsden Building chief executive Neil Shoesmith says: “The partnership with LV= will enable the society to offer members a broad range of investment, […]
“There is a serious risk of unhappy times if a full-scale trade war breaks out. If that happened it would make Brexit look like a walk in the park”, says Loomis Sayles chief economist Brian Horrigan. Click here to read the full article
How to make a pot of money last a lifetime- this is the crux of the retirement challenge. While the retirement landscape has undergone significant changes, the fundamentals of the challenge have remained the same but the responsibility for addressing it has shifted from institutions to the individual. Drawdown accounts are now the most popular […]
The FCA has confirmed that financial adviser pair Alan and Russell Taylor will not be allowed to work in any regulated position again after being jailed for 11 years on fraud charges. The brothers, who ran Norfolk IFA Taylor and Taylor Associates, plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud earlier this year, after defrauding nearly 200 […]
Markets have fluctuated in recent months but whether this will continue remains to be seen Stockmarkets exhibit a striking degree of seasonality. “Sell in May and go away” sounds like a superstition but patterns in decades of stockmarket data show that there is some underlying truth to it. A mechanical approach that sold everything in […]