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Stuart Gregory: Under pressure

I like to help people. I can’t help myself, it is ingrained in me – initially from my parents, and then corporate training from the high street banks in my early career. Sometimes however, working in the financial services industry can be, how can I put this nicely, taxing. I am constantly surprised by a […]

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FOS rules against HSBC over rejecting mortgage based on age

The Financial Ombudsman Service has upheld a complaint against HSBC for unfairly rejecting a mortgage application on the grounds of age in the first case of its kind. The Sunday Times reports a couple in their forties, who do not wish to be named, were turned down when applying for a joint £250,000 interest-only loan […]

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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Nic Cicutti: Tory IHT move appeals to voters’ naked self-interest

This may surprise one or two readers of Money Marketing, but I have never voted in a general election. We are not talking here about a Russell Brand-style rejection of all political parties, nor is this the result of apathy on my part. It is simply that my Italian passport precludes me from voting. That […]

Is three a crowd?

The pension versus Isa debate has raged on and off for years. Les Cameron, head of technical at Prudential, asks if three’s a crowd.   I think the debate was arguably settled by pensions freedom when the biggest downside of pensions – limited access and poor death benefits – was fundamentally changed. Total access, albeit with […]

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