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Higher swap rates will increase the pressure to raise SVRs

Swap rates have jumped higher recently on fears of less central bank support. The announcement by the Federal Reserve Chairman that the US would reduce support for the mortgage bond market over this year and into 2014 was the catalyst for jitters in global financial markets.

OFT appoints FCA’s Theodosiou to raise paying lending standards

The Office of Fair Trading has appointed a director of consumer credit enforcement, Mario Theodosiou, who is seconded from the Financial Conduct Authority’s enforcement and financial crime division. He will be tasked with ensuring compliance by consumer credit licence holders. He will also be tasked with raising standards across the payday lending sector. He will […]

Castle Trust in distribution agreement

  Castle Trust has signed a deal with mortgage network The Homeloan Partnership to distribute its partnership mortgage. The lender launched in June 2011, headed up by former FSA chairman Sir Callum McCarthy and backed by private equity investment firm J.C Flowers and Co. Its partnership mortgage allows borrowers who are under 55 and have […]

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]

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