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  • Aegon raises concerns that householders are under protected on mortgage debt

    22 May 2017

    Aegon recently released protection claims statistics that reveal mortgage debt exceeds the average life insurance pay out, meaning people are likely to be under protected for the amount of mortgage debt they have. According to figures from The Money Charity[1], the estimated average outstanding mortgage for the 11.1 million households with mortgage debt in...

  • Tories social care cost proposals get mixed reaction

    18 May 2017

    In its manifesto the Conservative Party outlined its plans to tackle the social care crisis. These policies include increasing the threshold for free social care from £23,250 to £100,000. It also said it would extend the deferred payment plan to those receiving care at home. The scheme, currently available to those who decide to go into a care home, involves...

  • FCA decision on standalone equity release qualification goes against grain of market

    11 May 2017

    The FCA’s decision not to create a standalone equity release qualification for advisers has been seen as moving against current attitudes towards funding retirement. In Policy Statement PS17/11 Review of the FCA’s appropriate qualification exam standards the Regulator said that consideration of the standalone qualification was a result of concerns raised that adviser firms were...

  • Equity release demand set to see borrowing more than double by 2027

    19 April 2017

    Equity release lender more2life says that its recently conducted research estimates that the retirement lending market in the UK is set to rise from £65bn in 2017 to more than £142bn in 2027 – an increase of over 120%.  The research predicts that total debt among the over-65s will pass the £100bn mark by...

  • 13 March 2017: Live web debate on current financial landscape

    10 March 2017

    13 March 2017, from 10am, SimplyBiz Group is hosting a live web debate on the current financial landscape. Participating in the debate are Sir Steve Webb of Royal London, John Lawson of Aviva and Phil Rickards of BM Solutions.  The broadcast, will address major issues currently affecting the investment, pensions, regulation and mortgage markets, as well as...

  • Bank of England’s Term Funding Scheme may be key to success of monetary stimulus

    5 August 2016

    The Bank of England’s Term Funding Scheme may be the key to whether the latest round of monetary stimulus works, rather than the headline grabbing decrease in interest rates and increase in QE, argues Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell. The risk from the Bank of England’s view is that the banks do not...

  • Bank of England goes a step further than expected

    4 August 2016

    Today’s decision by the Bank of England to both cut interest rates and kick-start another round of QE has resulted in commentator reaction from all areas of the market. Here we publish comment covering 5 key areas.  Impact on UK economy Schroder’s senior economist, Azad Zangana: A sharp drop in economic activity as reported by...

  • Price of First Time Buyer properties outstripping average

    28 July 2016

    Clients looking to help their children or grandchildren get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder are likely to have found it increasing more expensive to do, according to data gathered by The research from the hybrid estate agent shows that first-time buyers are now paying out, on average, just over £196,000...