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Barclaycard names director

Neil Radley has been appointed managing director of UK secured lending at Barclaycard, which encompasses Firstplus, and its sister company Broker Ridge. Radley has spent the past two years working on venture capital projects and previously held a number of senior roles in HBOS.

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George Wimpey launches Property Investor Club

George Wimpey has launched a Property Investor Club in response to growing demand for investment properties. It is open to professional investors and members of the public and will offer exclusive access to new developments before they are put on general release as well as help and guidance on building and managing a property portfolio […]

Personal advice spurs saving

Face-to-face financial advice is the key to helping to bridge the UK’s £2.3trillion protection gap, claims Co-operative Insurance. Its research has found personal advice is a key factor in encouraging previous non-savers to get into the savings habit – a process that should be replicated in the protection market.

Big lenders must lead the green way

If a big high street lender enters the market with a green mortgage, it will encourage others to get on board and the rates of these products will come down, says Mark Harris

Brokers see record monthly deals, says IMLA

Recent research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has revealed volumes of mortgages handled by intermediaries have risen to a record 20 per month.More than 300 intermediaries in all parts of the country responded to the independent in the Q4 2006 survey conducted on behalf of IMLA. From the statistics collected by IMLA, 38% of […]

Reforming India: just the beginning

By Kunal Desai, Neptune India Fund

As global investors continue to scour emerging markets through the lens of reform potential, India shines bright. Indeed, we think it can sparkle even brighter. We anticipate India’s self-imposed 10-year ‘policy holiday’ to turn into one of the most pro-growth and pro-investment policy calendars seen in Asia in years. The Indian electorate has engineered a historic verdict. We now have the strongest Indian government since 1984, with the pro-market Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieving an absolute majority for the first time in the party’s history.

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