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FSA roadshow visits Birmingham and Liverpool

The Financial Services Authority is offering advisers and brokers in Birmingham and Liverpool free roadshows.

The Roadshows, from June 19 to June 21, aim to help small firms understand common areas which are currently topical and relevant to them. They are run by FSA staff who supervise small firms and are a high-level view of topical issues and findings from recent FSA work.

They will also cover Treating Customers Fairly and principles-based regulation.


Woolwich launches fix and track mortgage

Woolwich is launching a fix and track mortgage to try and beat any base rate rises within the next 12 months.The new fix and track product will initially offer a one-year fixed rate at 5.39%. After the first year the rate will revert to a lifetime tracker at 0.39% above base rate.The product will also […]

Crown Equity Release becomes regulated

Crown Equity Release has been regulated by the Financial Services Authority.Mark King, managing director of Crown Equity Release, says: We are delighted to meet the FSAs exacting standards for Home Reversions and are pleased to be able to formally commit to the authoritys guidelines. “We regard FSA regulation as a kitemark of our first-rate customer […]

Adapt to survive the market turndown

As the character Tancredi Falconeri comments in the film adaptation of the classic novel The Leopard, If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Abbey dips toe into high LTV

Abbey is tipped to launch a high LTV product later this month, but industry experts are divided over whether it will offer 125% partsecured loans or 100% high value products. Abbey declined to comment but says it will launch the product imminently.

Who cares?

By Tracey Dickson, marketing consultant There are almost 7 million carers in the UK – that’s around 10 per cent of the population who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously ill or older loved one.1 But according to a report from the charity Carers UK, 20 per cent of people providing 50 hours or more of care […]


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