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UCB Home Loans raises remortgage limit

UCB Home Loans has increased its limits on capital raised through remortgaging to a maximum of £70,000 from £50,000 additional borrowing over the amount of the existing mortgage. The overall maximum amount under the new limits, which took effect from November 1, is 85 per cent of the value of the home. The specialist lender owned by Nationwide Building Society says a combination of house price increases and falling mortgage interest rates has boosted demand for capital raising loans based on mortgage equity.


UK and Euroland rates cut by 0.5 per cent

The Bank of England has cut its base rate by 0.5 per cent to 4 per cent, its seventh cut this year, bringing rates to their lowest level for 37 years.The European Central Bank also cut rates by 0.5 per cent to 3.25 per cent.


PIA Ombudsman – judge, jury and executioner

I wish to express my sincere thanks to all the IFAs and professionals within the financial services industry who have contacted me offering unanimous support following the publication of my letter (MM, September 27).What is frightening is the colossal number of wholly and utterly illogical and unjust judgments by the PIA Ombudsman.Judgments which only reiterate […]

Aifa report focuses on value of advice

Aifa highlights the value of advice and encourages people to focus less on cost in its annual report for 2001.Chairman Lord Hunt says in the report: “In recent times, we have heard much about the cost of advice. Now we need to hear about the value of advice.”The report says there are positive signs that […]

Sarasin funds on Cofunds

Sarasin Investment Management is joining Cofunds, with its Equisar Global Thematic and Ex-UK Global Thematic, Globalsar Balanced and Websar Global e-commerce funds all available on the fund supermarket.Sarasin head of marketing Ivo Ford says: “There are several fundmarket models now available for fund management companies. However, our key requirement has been an intermediary solution. We […]

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Those with decent-length memories will recall that in the 2014 Budget statement George Osborne announced the new (and entirely unexpected) pension freedoms. The new rules come fully into force in less than two weeks.


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