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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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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 […]

Labour won’t pursue heavy-handed regulation

A Labour government would avoid heavy-handed regulation, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, despite plans for a bank bonus tax and to raise the top rate of income tax. Speaking to the Financial Times, Balls said that Labour would seek to institute a 50p income tax rate throughout the next parliament, but would also seek […]

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Gross lending forecasts set to be revised down as market falters

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ gross mortgage lending target looks set to be missed this year as the market becomes more subdued, say industry experts. In December the CML forecast gross lending of £222bn in 2015, up by 8.8 per cent from £204bn last year, and rising to £240bn in 2016. But in a “state […]

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Preparing for the changes to the pensions market

As more and more providers start to reveal their stance on the charge cap and removal of commission and active member discount pricing, we thought it would be worthwhile to look at what these are, and the steps businesses should be taking to prepare for this.

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