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Making the most of every opportunity

Unlike the heady pre-credit crunch days, when mortgage brokers could sit back and wait for sales opportunities to walk through the door, we now have to work harder for every customer.

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Retail banking plan may depress lending

An announcement that was forgotten in the excitement of the Mortgage Market Review was the chancellor’s commitment to ring-fence retail banking operations from investment banking assets.

Consumer credit websites to be investigated by OFT

The Office of Fair Trading is to scrutinise 38 consumer credit websites after an investigation by the European Commission found malpractice to be widespread. The EC investigation found that 70% of the 562 websites checked across Europe needed further investigation, primarily because they omitted key information or presented costs in a misleading manner. Of the […]

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Don’t be SAD, things aren’t getting worse

Have you noticed the days have started getting longer? Given some of the pessimism at the moment, I think quite a few people have succumbed to SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.

UK: mid-year review and outlook

By Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, and Scott MacLennan, manager of the Neptune UK Opportunities Fund H1 2014• Equity markets continued to show strength: despite a strong rally in 2013 driven by a market-wide re-rating, equity markets continued to generate positive returns for investors. Economic activity continued to be stimulated […]

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