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Unity cuts rental cover on B2L deals

Unity Homeloans has reduced rental cover to 75% on all prime buy-to-let cases packaged through BDS Packaging. Rates start from 5.75% for a two-year fixed deal with no higher lending charge.

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Charcol.co.uk to offer free sub-prime advice

Charcol.co.uk is offering free advice to borrowers with poor credit histories in a bid to grow its presence in the sub-prime market. John Charcol’s online brokerage says sub-prime is a growing market and has estimated that annual lending in the sector is worth about £30bn or 8% of the market. It also says that repossessions […]

Website points brokers towards top proc fees

A website is offering brokers the chance to source packagers that offer the best proc fees.ProcFee.com compares packagers across the residential mortgage, se-cured loans, bridging finance and overseas sectors, allowing brokers to see which channel will give them the highest proc fees, and which packaging firms offer additional perks such as free valuations and legal […]

FISA to seek legal advice over Hurstanger case

The Finance Trading Standards Association is urgently seeking legal advice for its members following the landmark Hurstanger case.The industry is currently holding its breath to see if brokers will be faced with a flood of borrower claims after the case ruled a broker must disclose the amount of any commission it receives.Hurstanger Ltd fell under […]

Let brokers judge packagers’ service

Everywhere you look these days there is competition, and various sectors highlight this with the use of tables. Schools, football teams and even the NHS measure their results by publishing tables.

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy

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