View more on these topics

The Mortgage Mole: Beard-off

montlake
Andrew Montlake

Beard-off

Twitter was all a flutter recently when Newsnight anchor man Jeremy Paxman presented the show sporting a beard, and it seems this trend is fast spreading to the mortgage industry.

Don’t be fooled by the smart goatie our columnist Andrew Montlake is sporting in his new Marketwatch picture this week.

That photograph was taken before his trip to Portugal over the summer as behold, he returned to our fair shores with a full blown beard.

Montlake is now competing in a beard-off with that other great industry display of The Fleece, Santander for Intermediaries managing director Miguel Sard.

It’s just over a year since Sard went through his own road to facial fluff conversion and clearly in terms of sheer volume, at the moment he is the clear winner. But what Montlake’s lacks in girth he gains in um, greyness.

If you are sporting your own rebellious bristles after the summer break, please send Mole a pic.

The new Monkey Boy

Less than a week after football superstar Gareth Bale’s £85.3m transfer to Real Madrid, Mole this thinks he has unearthed a new Welsh wizard in Mortgage Strategy deputy editor Paul Thomas.

Thomas, along with new summer signing Devraj Ray, helped a combined Mortgage Strategy/Money Marketing side win the sixth annual AJ Bell five-a-side tournament at Wembley.

After struggling through the group stages, the team battled through to the final, which they won 4-3, although the victory was marred by controversy after finalists AJ Bell suggested Thomas was inside the area for his second goal.

When asked if he struck the ball inside the area, Thomas replied: “Look, that’s done with now. Let’s move on. I just want to say thanks to the fans, who have been fantastic throughout the tournament. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here now.” 

Recommended

Keystone begins lending in four Scottish cities

Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has started lending in certain areas of Scotland. From today it will lend to landlords investing in properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. The lender is also set to join the panel of the Intrinsic network which has many of its partners based in Scotland. Keystone managing director David […]

Ian-Fergusson-Sesame-CUTOUT-250x255.jpg

Help landlords to survey the options

The buy-to-let market in the UK has experienced strong growth in recent months. Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders found that a total of 40,000 mortgages were advanced to landlords in the second quarter of 2013, up from 33,500 in the first quarter. But while many landlords are well versed in current rules and […]

Two insurers plan enhanced IP products

Bright Grey and Scottish Provident are set to launch a range of improved income protection products by the end of next month. The new products will extend the availability of full own occupation cover, which covers customers who are unable to carry out their current position. The range will also introduce an alternative definition for […]

Thumbnail

DB transfer showstoppers

By Jim Grant, Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst Transfers from defined benefit (DB) schemes are a bit of a hot topic just now. In this article we look at a couple of factors that could prevent a transfer from happening Equalisation of pensions Prior to the Barber case in 1990, DB pension schemes typically provided […]

Newsletter

News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up