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FCA continues broker outreach programme

The FCA will continue its programme of meetings with mortgage brokers in 2018, it has announced. The regulator says it will extend its Q&A Live & Local roundtables for mortgage brokers from January to May next year. Each monthly event will have an FCA representative and an industry expert. The regulator will visit each region […]

Mortgage Mole-2017

Mortgage Mole: Street wise?

Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news Street wise? Many of you are aware that the FCA is moving its existing Canary Wharf headquarters out of central London, to Stratford in the east. However, Mole hears that some of the regulator’s more sensitive souls are worried about “knife crime and gangs” in the […]

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Ad watchdog rebuffs mortgage mis-selling advert

The advertising regulator has rebuffed a regulated claims management firm for saying it can help consumers write off up to 70 per cent of their mortgage balance. The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint that this 70 per cent figure was misleading. The ad watchdog agreed with the consumer. The CMC, Ease Your Mortgage, had […]

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Hampshire Trust Bank chief executive steps down

Hampshire Trust Bank has announced today that its chief executive officer Mark Sismey-Durrant is stepping down. Sismey-Durrant (pictured) has spent 40 years in banking, the last five with Hampshire, and wants to take a step back from full-time executive roles. He will leave the firm once his replacement has been found. Hampshire Trust Bank chairman […]

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Private Label launches more specialist resi and BTL products

Brightstar Financial is today launching four new specialist residential and buy-to-let mortgage products under its Private Label brand. Private Label was a well-known packager in the 90s and early 2000s known for product innovation. It was relaunched by Brightstar in July. Buy-to-let The first product is The Buy-to-let Booster, a simultaneous first and second charge […]