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Ambitious landlords fuelling rise in remortgage business

Competitive rates and ambitious landlords are driving a growing focus on remortgaging among buy-to-let lenders, according to experts. Figures issued by broker Mortgages for Business show that 66 per cent of buy-to-let loans were for remortgages in the first quarter of 2015, up from 62 per cent at the end of 2014. Remortgages have now […]

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Help to Buy 2 ‘operating at just 13% of capacity’

Help to Buy 2 is operating at just over a tenth of its capacity, according to new research by mortgage insurer Genworth. Chancellor George Osborne pledged the scheme could enable up to £130bn of lending over three years, equal to £43.3bn a year. However, Genworth’s analysis shows the scheme supported £5.7bn in 2014, just 13 […]

Cyber security

MM leader: Waking up to the cybercrime threat

In an era of mobile devices, working remotely and Cloud computing, the modern way of working means data security is increasingly crucial. One wrong move could ultimately bring down a company if sensitive data gets into the wrong hands. It is easy to be derisory of the security lapses committed by others. Briefcases or laptops […]

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Barclays sets aside extra £800m over forex probes

Barclays has set aside a further £800m to cover the cost of investigations into foreign exchange manipulation, taking its total forex provision to almost £2.1bn. In its interim results, published today, Barclays made a statutory pre-tax profit of £1.34bn for the first three months of the year, a fall of 26 per cent from £1.8bn […]

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Infrastructure investment: opportunities and challenges

Michael Howard, Head of Alternative Investments at Prudential Portfolio Management Group (PPMG), discusses the opportunities presented by infrastructure investment. Infrastructure investment has gained in popularity over recent decades as more investors have sought diversification, stable long-term income streams and an element of inflation protection. Infrastructure is extremely diverse but in essence refers to assets that […]

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