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Santander appoints new Regional Director
By June 16, 2013 Read More →

Santander appoints new Regional Director

Santander Corporate & Commercial has appointed Ben Barbanel as the new Regional Director for Business Development in London and the South East of England. Based at the Corporate Business Centre in London, but covering the wider South East area, Ben will lead the business development activities for Santander Corporate & Commercial across London and the […]

Posted in: Current Accounts
Accord launches new low rate mortgages
By June 13, 2013 Read More →

Accord launches new low rate mortgages

Accord Mortgages has launched a series of competitive 65% loan to value residential mortgages, with rates starting from 2.09%. The intermediary-only lender today unveiled six products, including lower fee options and some featuring additional support including free valuation, legal assistance and cashback on completion. All of the products are two year fixed rates: 2.09% for […]

Posted in: Mortgages
Growth in remortgages boosts gross lending
By June 13, 2013 Read More →

Growth in remortgages boosts gross lending

Gross mortgage lending grew by 5% in April, in part due to an increase in remortgage activity, according to new data released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Remortgage activity gained some ground in April while house purchase lending edged down in April compared to March. Remortgage lending A total of £3.4 billion was […]

Posted in: Mortgages
New Sick Pay Insurance launched by LV=
By June 13, 2013 Read More →

New Sick Pay Insurance launched by LV=

Protection specialist LV= is launching ‘Sick Pay Insurance’, a simplified income protection product, the first of its kind on the market. Sick Pay Insurance is designed for people aged between 17 and 45 who want to protect themselves financially against being unable to work due to sickness, or an accident. People are able to buy […]

Posted in: Insurance
AXA Wealth calls for two year sunset clause on the cash rebate ban
By June 12, 2013 Read More →

AXA Wealth calls for two year sunset clause on the cash rebate ban

AXA Wealth believes platform paper position on rebates may be counter intuitive to the principles of RDR by favouring an old world model The Financial Conduct Authority’s recent platform paper set out a ban on platform cash rebates, including legacy on cash rebates, from April 2014, with all other legacy business required to move away […]

Extended mortgage range at Tesco
By June 12, 2013 Read More →

Extended mortgage range at Tesco

New 85% loan to value (LTV) fixed and tracker products Tesco Bank today announces the expansion of its mortgage range with the introduction of 85% LTV fixed rate and tracker mortgages. The new products offer great rates starting at 3.29%, 3.59% and 3.69% for two year, three year and five year fixed rate products and […]

Posted in: Mortgages
Skipton adds to savings range
By June 12, 2013 Read More →

Skipton adds to savings range

Fixed Rate Bonds paying up to 2.25% Fixed Rate ISAs paying up to 2.20% tax free pa/AER Skipton Building Society has today (Wednesday 12 June) launched a new Fixed Rate Bond range, with rates paying up to 2.25%. The Society has also launched a range of branch and online Fixed Rate ISAs, paying up to […]

Going to Turkey? Check your travel insurance first…
By June 12, 2013 Read More →

Going to Turkey? Check your travel insurance first…

Around 2.5 million Brits holiday in Turkey every year, but those who choose cancel or change their plans because of the on-going civil unrest in the country, are unlikely to be covered by their travel insurance. Anti-government protestors have been occupying an area of Istanbul for around two weeks and smaller protests have also erupted […]

Posted in: Travel Insurance
Santander acquire 20,000 new customers each month
By June 12, 2013 Read More →

Santander acquire 20,000 new customers each month

Equivalent to one every two minutes Overwhelming majority of Santander switchers have opened Santander’s award winning 1|2|3 Current Account In the past year more than 240,000 current account customers have switched to Santander, according to new figures released by the bank today (12 June 2013). The overwhelming majority – eight out of 10 customers (87%) […]

Posted in: Current Accounts
Increased use of cashback credit cards
By June 11, 2013 Read More →

Increased use of cashback credit cards

Credit card customers cashing in with cashback Petrol stations and supermarkets see big increases – with spend rising 64 per cent and 99 per cent respectively Santander 1|2|3 Cashback Credit Card has given customers over £27.6 million in cashback since launch in September 2011 With a reported 60 per cent increase in credit card usage […]

Posted in: Reward Cards