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Who do you believe – Alistair Darling or Gordon Brown?

Alistair Darling, today in the House of Commons:

“Of course we are more likely to be more severely affected as a result [of the UK’s dependence on the City and housing market]”.

Gordon Brown on too many occasions to record here:

“We are better placed than other countries” [to withstand the recession].


Another firm attempts to rise from the ashes

The phoenix firm phenomenon continues to sweep the mortgage and loan industries despite the Financial Services Authority announcing a crackdown on the practice.

Sign of the times

Mole thought he had found a new friend last week when he noticed a mortgage firm situated around the corner from Mortgage Strategy’s offices.

Giving Woolwich an award for its IT must be visionary

I was amazed to receive an email from Woolwich stating that it had received a 2009 Gold Standard award for technology from Mortgage Strategy. Without a doubt its online system is one of the worst available.

Lenders are hiding behind TCF as a reason not to lend

Regarding the comments made by Colin Franklin, head of sales at Coventry, in your news article headlined ‘Regulator is accused of mishandling TCF’ (Mortgage Strategy December 1). I’d like to welcome him to the world of brokers.


Neptune video: UK economy: a sustainable recovery?

After years of a slowly brewing economic recovery, the UK has seen a strong rise in growth in recent months. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses the strength of this recovery and whether it is sustainable.

In the video, Martin addresses the following:

• Structural features supporting the UK economy
• UK mid-caps and the potential for M&A activity
• Valuations and opportunities in house builders


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