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Will spike in high LTI loans force FPC to revisit cap?

Economists are backing the Financial Policy Committee’s cap on lending at higher income multiples after the Council of Mortgage Lenders poured scorn on the policy, saying it puts pressure on mortgage affordability. In June 2014 the FPC announced lenders had to make sure no more than 15 per cent of new lending was at income multiples […]

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Chris Hannant: Time to ban claims firms from financial services

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Sesame members stopped from calling themselves ‘independent’ post-MCD

Sesame network members will no longer be able to call themselves ‘independent’ from next month. As part of the mortgage credit directive, which comes into effect on 21 March, the second charge loans market will become regulated. For firms to be described as independent from that date, they must advise on both first and second […]

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