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Week in numbers

8.1% – The annual growth rate of the Chinese economy in Q1 2012, lower than expectations and down on 8.9% in Q1 2011.

0.3% – The percentage consumer prices edged up in March, mainly due to the rising cost of petrol.

£13.8m – The amount Goldman Sachs was fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that it tipped off top clients about stocks.

28 – The average age of a first-time buyer in Yorkshire – the lowest in the country, according to research by Clydesdale Bank.
£1.8bn – The amount the UK will have to spend on hand-pollinating crops if its dwindling bee population disappears, Friends of the Earth data reveals.

29minutes – The average waiting time for a call to be answered at HM Revenue & Customs, mystery shopper research shows.

5thMortgage Strategy’s position on the list of most influential mortgage voices on social media in the world, according to social networking monitor Klout.

20years – The length of time it could take to unravel Lehman Brothers’ debts, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Responding to high net worth proposals

When the last Mortgage Market Review paper was published in December, I was pretty vocal about our feelings regarding the proposals in relation to high net worth borrowers.

Nationwide delays SVR rise for ex-BoI borrowers

Some 14,000 former Bank of Ireland customers who transferred to Nationwide last year have been given a lifeline after the mutual failed to hike its SVR from 2.99% to 4.79% in March as was widely expected. In October 2011 BoI sold a £1.1bn mortgage book to Nationwide. A month later Mortgage Strategy revealed that borrowers […]

Johnson Fleming is a finalist at UK Pensions Awards 2016

The UK Pensions Awards shine the light on excellence and recognise the advisers, providers and investment managers that offer the highest level of innovation, performance and service to occupational pension schemes and their members. This year’s awards looked at advisers and providers across 31 different categories and were rigorously judged by a panel of senior […]


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