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Purely men raise money for gorilla fund

Ian Giles and James Mayne, both representing Purely Mortgages, ran 7 km dressed as gorillas to raise money for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. In total, there were 650 gorillas running in the City of London in full fake fur kit, representing the 650 highland gorillas still left in the world. Giles pledged to raise £400 and would be grateful if the industry could continue to support him in making this target. You can read more about the run and make your donations at


Rising mortgage payments plunge three million Brits into the red

Three million people in the UK have admitted they now struggle financially because of recent rises in their mortgage payments, with just over two million saying they may have to consider selling up if interest rates rise again. Despite interest rates remaining steady this month, the cumulative effect of five rises over the last year […]

Standard answer to an online market

Intermediaries are concerned about the accuracy of KFI data while networks and sourcing systems argue whether this data will come from them or from lenders&#39 websites. Against this we have a backdrop of lenders and packagers facing difficulties in coping with the volume of applications. And amidst all this, the industry faces one of its […]

Lancaster Gate housing development creates breathe of fresh air

While pollution levels in the capital have improved greatly form the smog filled fogs of the 1950&#39s, air quality is still a currently and very real issue. London has some of the highest rates of respiratory disorders, and not just amongst the elderly with rates of asthma climbing steadily. As part of a cocoon of […]

Is there any need for another trade body?

The Chartered Insurance Institute this month launched the Society of Mortgage Professionals and is looking to invest £2m in it to help brokers become better qualified and increase their professionalism. Richard Fox, currently compliance director at the MCCB, is to be SMP&#39s chief executive from November 1, the date it will be up and running. […]

Neptune Global Income: Is Japan the best dividend market in the world?

By George Boyd-Bowman, Fund Manager at Neptune The Neptune Global Income Fund seeks exposure to the very best – and often overlooked – income opportunities from across the world. Unconstrained by benchmarks, the fund currently has 24 per cent invested in Japan, differentiating the high conviction portfolio from many of its peers. Watch Neptune Fund […]


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