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Cummings warns broker delegates

In his opening speech at the Mortgage Business Expo, Association of Mortgage Intermediaries director-general Chris Cummings warned that year on year change had not only undermined consumer confidence but also impaired brokers’ ability to do business. But, he says, regulation is a necessary evil that brokers must make work. Cummings says brokers must improve administration and record keeping if they are to avoid the FSA’s wrath. He says: “The best advisers don’t necessarily make the best administrators, but admin is a get out of jail free card with the Ombudsman.”

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The Yellow Pages phone directory now includes a classification for equity release. The classification was introduced in August and will be rolled out throughout the year. The introduction of an equity release classification, also included in online version Yell.com and phone line 118 247, highlights an increase in demand for the sector. Jon Salmon, spokesman […]

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Despite well publicised examples of bad practice in the sector, in a world without cold calling, brokers can’t afford to overlook the potential of third-party lead generation, says Barney McCarthy

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By Fiona Holmes, proposition communications manager Having reached a certain age (it’s the new 40 by the way), I’m having to come to terms with the fact that my peers and I aren’t as immune from illness or death as we’d like to think. That’s the problem with 30 being the new 20 and 40 […]

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