Lauren Pettifer

Shadow MPC – July

The UK outlook has dived as the crisis in Europe takes its toll, while the global slowdown is tightening its grip in the US and emerging markets. As the chances of more QE next month rise to cope with this, interest rates must stick


Lender’s ignorance exposes poor system

We all know that being authorised by the Financial Services Authority to give best advice, you should offer clients the chance to go direct to a lender if the direct rate is cheaper than one we can offer.

Market stifling innovators just when we need them

I was interested to read the recent blog by Stephen Johnson, managing director of commercial lending at Shawbrook Bank, about the role alternative lenders could play in providing funding to small firms and borrowers.

The Mortgage Mole

Lucky strike Mole was flicking through local paper the Evening & Star when his eye caught a familiar advertisement on a red bus in one of the pictures.

Week in numbers

2 – The number of years since Metro Bank launched. It celebrated the news by revealing it is piloting a scheme to use mortgage brokers. 11.8% – The increase in taxpayer funding for Prince Charles, rising from £1.9m in 2010/11 to £2.2m in 2011/12, Clarence House figures show. -1.1% – The annual drop in house […]


Caption Competition

Mark Screeton, distribution director of Legal & General Network (second from left) and fellow L&G staff get set for the Three Peaks challenge.

Last Week’s Winner

“Martin auditions new actors for the reconstructions on Crimewatch.”