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Londoners brace themselves for 36% upsurge in Stamp Duty as homes approach £500,000 price tag

Prospective House-buyers in the capital are set to confront a 36% jump in their stamp duty bill within the next two months, as house prices loom ever closer to the 4% property tax threshold.

17 Jul 2014 Read More

UK unemployment plummets to six year low of 2.12m

Fresh figures issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show unemployment fell by 121,000, to 2.12m million in the three months leading up to May. Coming in at the lowest level in almost six years, the figures provide government with a platform from which to launch further successful reform.

17 Jul 2014 Read More

FCA clamps down on Payday Lenders – Cap on Payday Loan Rates in the pipe line

Payday lenders have been struck by a hefty blow, as the city’s financial watchdog’s forthcoming regulations leave them standing to lose over two-fifths of their revenue.

16 Jul 2014 Read More

Bank of England governor alerts to danger of potential financial crisis as UK house prices rise to record 10.5%

The Bank of England's governor, Mark Carney, has reinforced his ominous forecasts concerning the UK housing market, as new data indicated that house prices rose by 10.5% in the 12 months to May.

16 Jul 2014 Read More

UK Inflation rises in June on food & clothing costs – could Bank of England raise interest rates faster than anticipated?

Food price rises and clothing costs increased the UK's inflation rate to its highest point for 5 months in June, exceeding all previous Bank of England forecasts.

15 Jul 2014 Read More

Barclaycard launch revolutionary new 6 month zero per cent balance transfer card with no transfer fee

Barclaycard have released their new 6-month 0% balance transfer card which has generated a huge buzz after it was revealed that it comes with an unprecedentedly low transfer fee of 0%.

15 Jul 2014 Read More

Insurers come under fire from consumer groups – demands to provide 'easy comparison' renewal quotes.

Insurance companies could be forced to offer clearer information, following growing calls demanding change from a substantial array of consumer groups. Generally, consumers are tempted into switching or embarking on an insurance policy through a promotional deal offering them a discounted rate for a finite time period.

14 Jul 2014 Read More

Middle Aged borrowers struggling to take out mortgages – effect of new lending rules 'a major challenge'

Mortgage affordability regulations, newly specified in April's Mortgage Market Review, mean lenders have re-vamped their requirements for loan approvals. Banks & building societies are now considering a borrower's post-retirement income before sanctioning a mortgage term which ends after the latter's retirement. Even those who are planted firmly in the black, with sizeable assets and a good income must meet these requirements.

11 Jul 2014 Read More

House price inflation accelerating faster than pay rises - financial burden growing

The gap between rocketing house prices and pay rises for workers is expected to widen for at least the next five years, with potential to continue to do so for decades to come, the government advisory body concerned with public finances has advised.

11 Jul 2014 Read More

Family Investments offers savers help with ISA guide

Beginner’s Guide to ISAs provides savers with clear information they need to choose an ISA product

11 Jul 2014 Read More

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