Mortgage approvals down in October The number of mortgage approvals during October decreased by nine per cent, says the Building Societies’ Association (BSA), possibly pointing to the effect of higher borrowing costs.
Save regularly for ‘brighter future’ The merits of using regular savings accounts have been extolled by Hargreaves Lansdown, a UK asset management provider, highlighting the benefits that can be gotten by young people saving regularly.
NatWest Fixed-Rate Bond introduced The NatWest Fixed-Rate Bond has been launched by the bank aimed at those customers who are wishing to see a guaranteed rate on their investment during next year.
First-time buyers could turn to ‘gazundering’ With first-time buyers facing the prospect of rising house prices and increased mortgage rates, they may feel it is time to begin ‘gazundering’ house price offers says Capital Economics.
CTFs could get a boost this Christmas Children with Child Trust Funds (CTFs) are expected to reap the benefits of a lucrative Christmas in terms of receiving money to investment, according to the Children’s Mutual, a CTF expert.
Card fraud in UK ‘worst in EU’ Card-spending Brits are proving a hit with the fraudsters due to their propensity for paying with the plastic, according to a spokesperson for credit reference agency Equifax.
Scottish property prices on rise again Property prices in Scotland are continuing to increase, prolonging the house price boom in the country, according to the Lloyds TSB Scotland House Price Monitor.
Biba warns of uninsured drivers raising premiums Drivers that are uninsured are not only endangering the lives of other road users and themselves, they are also forcing the price of premiums up, according to a spokesperson for the British Insurance Broker’s Association (Biba).
Hedge fund demand to grow, says expert Following on from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA’s) consultation on hedge funds next year, more people will be likely to want to invest in them, says the chief executive of IFA Promotion.
Pensioners urged to consult professionals over mortgages One pensioner in six in the UK currently has outstanding mortgage debt, resulting in a spokesperson from charititable organisation Age Concern to recommend consulting with a financial advisor to determine the best way of managing finances.
Reduced tax perks puncture investor demand The season to invest in new shares of venture capital trusts is almost upon us. However, demand for these tax-privileged investment funds is likely to slump this winter because of a reduction in their tax perks, a survey by a top tax advisory group indica
Parents will be able to roll Child Trust Funds into Isas Parents will be able to start building up Individual Savings Accounts (Isas) for their children from birth following an announcement by the government this week that it will soon be possible to roll Child Trust Fund accounts into Isas.
Tractor test shows rural commitment In 21st century Britain, country estates are snapped up by City bankers and other wealthy urbanites. A high-profile example is Marc Jonas, the founder of Punch Taverns and now a private equity executive, who this summer bought a 4,000-acre estate in Wilts
A hands off approach to absolute returns Investors who want exposure to spread bets and CFDs but do not want to shoulder the responsibility for the investment decisions can hand over their money to investment managers.
Buy-to-let beauties show their ugly side Large numbers of buy-to-let investors are having their properties repossessed and sold off at auction as growing numbers of property investors are unable to meet interest repayments.
Borrowers urged to prepare for another rise The Bank of England took no-one by surprise when it raised interest rates by a quarter point to 5 per cent this week. But banks may still not be quick off the mark to pass the rate rise on to savers.
Off-piste perils of owning a home in the snow Whether they fancy the thrill of racing down a black run themselves or just want to rake in a healthy rental yield, UK investors are piling into property in ski resorts across Europe and the US.
Industry draws up reforms to ward off annuity U-turn The pensions industry is lobbying the Treasury in a last-ditch effort to persuade the government not to axe Alternatively Secured Pensions, the new vehicles which allow investors to avoid purchasing an annuity at retirement.
Web puts private investors on par with professionals The internet has revolutionised share buying for the private investor, bringing instant access to an avalanche of free information. This proliferation of information is spurring growing armies of hobbyist investors who are making investment decisions with
Lenders give the green light to mortgages A derelict church or a new timber chalet might sound attractive to an adventurous homeowner but mortgage lenders have traditionally steered away from unconventional properties.
Crackdown on those working here and there Not many people feel sorry for City high-fliers earning six-figure salaries and often even bigger bonuses. But one place where this small but high-profile group is particularly unlikely to get much sympathy is HM Revenue and Customs.