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HERO OF THE WEEK is the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries for the excellent work it does on behalf of brokers. Its director Robert Sinclair and the team have the sole mission of make our working lives better.

VILLIANS OF THE WEEK are those in the industry and media who persist in banker bashing. It is time to move on. Banks need our encouragement if they are going to lend more. It is only through this that we will see economic growth.


Colin Walsh resigns from Lloyds as top management is reshuffled

Colin Walsh, managing director of mortgages at Lloyds Banking Group and chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, has quit both positions. The move follows a recent reshuffle of the management structure at Lloyds group. On June 1, Antonio Lorenzo, chief executive of Lloyds group, announced new leadership teams for the retail and wealth divisions. […]

FirstBuy is waste of money to keep house prices high

The government’s FirstBuy scheme, launched last week with 100 builders, has left me frustrated. The government is wasting taxpayer money to keep house prices artificially inflated so builders can achieve bigger profits. Why not leave market forces to let prices fall to affordable levels? Shared equity properties are dangerous for first-time buyers. They are five […]

FSA must justify its self-cert slurs or take them back

On reading that the FSA claims brokers are using buy-to-let for self-cert clients I was left wondering if this is the silly season. We are suffering from a spate of intermediary-bashing, with fraud firmly in the spotlight. Where does the FSA get all this information that it is using to darken our image? It is […]


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