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A different magazine for a new mortgage world

Welcome to your new-look Mortgage Strategy, a slicker, sleeker, smarter magazine for the dawn of a new era. As we witnessed one of the most dramatic weeks the mortgage market has ever seen with the rescue of HBOS by Lloyds TSB, it became apparent that it was time to step up the pace.

Mortgage Strategy still has all the favourites you have grown accustomed to over the past seven years and 352 issues, including award-winning news and authoritative comment and analysis from the market’s leading pundits.

Our mailbag has been bursting at the seams and you can find your letters on page 22, offering you a chance to scoop a bottle of 12 year old Bowmore Scotch whisky. Our revamped cover story, starting on page 24, looks at the seven deadly sins of the mortgage market and makes for sombre reading, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. And of course, crafty old Mortgage Mole has been given a makeover and can be found bigger and better on page 38 next to our rejigged CV page.

These are tough times for the mortgage market but tough times don’t last. Tough people, on the other hand, do. As ever, we will be on hand to deliver breaking news week in, week out.

And don’t forget, you can catch up on events as they happen by visiting where you can join the debate, tune into our latest podcast and read the latest blogs from the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries’ Chris Cummings and Cobalt Capital’s Andrew Montlake. We’re always looking for feedback so please contact me and tell me what you think. Enjoy.

Robyn HallEditor


Confidence returns despite house price falls

Estate agents are seeing the market beginning to return to form despite the record falls reported by the latest house price indices, says Spicerhaart.

B&B cuts 370 jobs

Bradford & Bingley is set to trim 370 jobs and £15m in costs as part of a streamlining exercise.

The curse of long-term cash

Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi Asset at Royal London Asset Management, reveals why clients should be seriously concerned when short-term holdings of cash turn into a long-term investment. There is nothing wrong with holding wealth in the form of cash on a short-term basis. For many people capital stability is important and access to ready cash […]


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