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Dates for your DIARY…

February 9
CML data on arrears and repossessions for Q4 2011 published

The Council of Mortgage Lenders reveals its latest quarterly figures on arrears and repossessions. It will be interesting to see whether recent negative economic data has had an impact.

February 9
MPC meeting

The Monetary Policy Committee votes on the base rate and the size of the quantitative easing programme. It is widely expected to vote for more QE this month.

February 20
CML lending data for January released

The CML publishes its gross lending data for January. Hopefully December’s year-on-year rise of 12% will be sustained.

February 22
MPC minutes published

The Bank of England reveals how the nine members of the MPC voted earlier in the month.

February 28
Mortgage Strategy Awards

Mortgage Strategy is holding its annual awards ceremony, now in its 10th year, at the Grosvenor House Hotel. This black tie event is an excellent opportunity to network and celebrate the achievements of the industry.


OFT to scrutinise Mortgage Brain’s attempt to acquire MortgageStream

The Office of Fair Trading has stepped in again to investigate a proposed acquisition by Mortgage Brain. In December 2011 Mortgage Brain announced that it had agreed the terms to acquire point-of-sale and case management system provider MortgageStream for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will mean that 13.4% of authorised UK mortgage firms will be […]

Last week’s winner

Richard Jenkinson, DPR “Is that a bottle of Chardonnay in your pocket George or do you have a Semillon?”

The B2L challenge to pensions

With low interest rates affecting pension pots, there is an argument for buy-to-let to be marketed to clients as an alternative. John Greenwood examines the pension versus buy-to-let strategy


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