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APS launches Premiership competition

Mortgage club APS Europe is launching a Premiership Dream Team competition, open to all MCCB-registered firms and individuals.

Intermediaries can compete for a substantial cash prize as well as other rewards for best performing managers each month.

Players&#39 points and league tables will be updated every Monday morning to show how teams have fared over the weekend. There are no restrictions on numbers of teams per firm, although there is a maximum of one team per individual.

Further information can be found on the APS website at


Rental incomes rise

Landlords&#39 rental incomes rose by almost 3% in July, with property prices increasing by over 5% despite downbeat housing market forecasts. The findings, from Paragon Mortgages&#39 July Buy-to-Let Index, suggest rental incomes increased by 2.79% since June, with an average property price increase of 5.54%. The survey suggests rental incomes rose at their fastest rate […]

Western showdown

Name and address suppliedI was amused to read Manor Mortgages&#39 MD Dave Stephenson&#39s letter in last week&#39s Mortgage Strategy in which he condemns Bristol & West&#39s marketing campaign for being based on a cowboy theme. It seems cowboys and sub-prime lending are not a good mix. OK but what&#39s this – I&#39ll eat my Stetson […]

Financial services jargon leaves clients in the dark

More than nine out of 10 consumers find the jargon used by financial firms confusing, research by the insurance industry reveals. The survey, carried out by the Insurance Industry Quality Mark Scheme, found that nine in 10 people agree that financial phrases should be put into clearer English. One in 10 felt mortgages needed quality […]

SPML joins AMI

Southern Pacific Mortgage Limited has become the latest lender to join the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries. Stuart Aitken, director of credit at SPML, says: ” We are committed to intermediary-introduced business so we are delighted to support AMI in building up its momentum as the official organisation for mortgage intermediaries. “We are all currently facing […]

Three catalysts for European equities

By Rob Burnett, Manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund In recent weeks, the bear case for European equities has become more pronounced on the back of weaker-than-expected GDP data and deflation concerns. This softening in economic momentum has led some investors to question whether the ECB is behind the curve and indeed whether it […]


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