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Leeds raises money for charity

Employees at Leeds’ head office got a chance to get revenge on their heads of department by throwing wet sponges at their heads to raise a whopping £10,300 for the BBC’s 2006 Children in Need appeal. Other activities saw the society get into Strictly Come Dancing fever with ballroom and Latin dancing classes. Liberated male volunteers also agreed to have their backs and legs waxed.


Freedom unveils three-year fixes

Freedom Lending has added a range of three-year fixed rates to its product portfolio. All the products are priced at the same level as its current two-year fixes, and start from 5.43% depending on the product and LTV. Highlights include self-cert to 90% LTV at 5.88% and buy-to-let to 85% LTV which uses both rental […]

Advantage accepts Right to Buy

Advantage, a Morgan Stanley Group company is accepting Right to Buy applications on its ADV sub-prime range. This follows the lender’s update of the range’s underwriting criteria at the beginning of November, which resulted in ADV becoming even more accessible to borrowers, with improved affordability and some of the best terms available on the market.With […]

Nationwide reports further house price rise

Nationwide has revealed that house prices have jumped 1.4% in November. Although many have predicted a price cooling in 2007, it seems that there is significant momentum still in the market.Fionnuala Earley, group economist at Nationwide, says: “House prices jumped by 1.4% in November as the housing market refused to cool. As a result, the […]

The modern method of lending

Peter Mounty’s column often includes a lot of common sense, especially on Home Information Packs. However, some balance is needed in his November 13 column when he described borrowing 5 x joint income as likely to be “financial suicide”. He suggested that “someone with the intellectual capacity of an amoeba would recognise that Abbey’s formula […]

Artemis Investments’ Outlook for 2016

Political change and the ‘normalisation’ of interest rates mean 2016 is likely to be another interesting year. But what will it bring for equities – and bonds? Here, a number of Artemis’ managers share their views. Click here to read the full article


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