Quarter of mortgage borrowers can’t pay loan if BofE rates increase

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Research from TSB showed, while it is unlikely that the increase will reach the 14.9% it saw in October 1989, even a small increase could affect borrowers’ abilities to keep up with repayments. TSB’s research found that many of the 2,000 mortgage holders surveyed had very little wiggle room in regards to their monthly budgets, and 26% of respondents said they would have real difficulty if their monthly mortgage repayment increased by £99. Tom Cleary, financial services manager, Start Mortgages, said: “I don’t read more

NATWEST to change the rules again of mortgages

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NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be implementing the requirements of the European Mortgage Credit Directive from mid-January 2016, two months ahead of the 21 March deadline. It will begin using the new ESIS documentation, to be known in the UK as the Mortgage Illustration, from mid-January 2016, replacing the current KFI to help minimise any pipeline impacts. NatWest will be calculating the new Annual Percentage Rate of Charge and 2nd APRC in accordance with the guidance received from the Council of Mortgage read more

Bank of England NOT to raise rates until Summer 2017

Since the Bank of England's last Inflation Report in August, the path for Bank Rate implied by market rates has fallen by around 40 basis points, such that it only reaches 0.75% in 2017 Q2, compared with 2016 Q3 in August, and is just 1¼ by the end of 2018. The Bank of England admitted that it now seems more likely than not that inflation will remain below 1% until the second half of 2016, much later than judged likely when inflation first fell below 1% at the start of 2015. Recent falls in oil and other commodity read more

FCA promises tough action as it takes control of consumer credit

The Financial Conduct Authority has taken control of the consumer credit industry from today promising tough rules for short-term high-cost credit firms and debt management companies. In its 2014 risk outlook, published yesterday, the regulator said its plans to enforce a price cap on payday loans may affect some firms' appetite to remain in the sector if profits are damaged. Further reading Repossessed often architects of own destruction not victims - FCA Speaking on Radio 5 live this read more