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Marketwatch – January 2012

Last week it was no surprise to find ourselves in the shadow of gross domestic product figures showing the economy shrank by 0.2% in the last quarter, and another Greek issue debacle.

heroes&villains

Hero of the week Lenders that give notice on rate withdrawals, with special mention to Coventry for consistency and Clydesdale Bank, which is giving almost a week to get applications in.

Villain of the week The last-minute rate pull lenders – you know who you are. I know it has been covered before but it is a bugbear for brokers and I am sure there is something that can be done to make withdrawal timescales more realistic.

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