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Mainly mortgage news…

Most read stories this week - 27/02/2015


Each Friday, Mortgage Solutions rounds up the most popular articles on the website over the past week. Here's your weekly review:

Lloyds ups lending by 13pc


Lloyds Bank increased its mortgage lending by 13% in 2014 from the year before, its annual statistics have revealed.

RBS & NatWest cuts rates as lending soars


RBS and NatWest has made widespread rate cuts after announcing that its gross mortgage lending in 2014 increased by 37% year-on-year to stand at £19.7bn.

Bridging brokers expect volumes to flourish


Three quarters (73%) of bridging finance brokers expect business volumes to grow in 2015 while 22% expect them to stay the same, United Trust Bank research has found.

Coventry BS records 25% rise in mortgage lending


Gross mortgage lending at Coventry Building Society reached a record £7.4bn in 2014, increasing by 25% compared to £5.9bn in 2013.

Mainly IFA news…

Saturday Papers: Walsh seeks to revive deal for Aer Lingus


And Boris Nemtsov, one of the most senior leaders of Russia’s political opposition, was shot dead in central Moscow early on Saturday.

Sanlam in talks to take stake in Carby's Caerus


Sanlam is in talks to take a stake in restricted advice network Caerus.

Adrain Boulding to exit Legal & General


Legal & General's pensions strategy director Adrain Boulding is to leave the provider this summer.

Adrian Boulding to exit L&G after 18 years


L&G pensions strategy director Adrian Boulding will be leaving the company in August.

FundsNetwork glitch saw client's £50k 'disappear'


An unidentified problem at Fidelity FundsNetwork caused £50,000 to temporarily ‘disappear' from view from an advised client's portfolio.

Mainly insurance news…

Allianz UK on track to hit £3bn GWP by 2018, says Dye


CEO Jon Dye says insurer is growing in line with group aims.

Colin Marshall resigns as CEO of Besso


Marshall to remain with Lloyd's broker until June.

Alps enhances legal expenses cover


Policy now includes legal assistance following defamation on social media sites.

Pre-tax profits drop at Allianz UK in 2014


Provider sees COR widen as GWP rises.

Going for growth digital edition: Ageas


Allison Hughes, business development manager – commercial e-trade, Ageas, gives a flavour of what to expect from the insurer’s commercial proposition in 2015.

Mainly international news…

Profit and sales drop at Old Mutual International


Old Mutual International (OMI), which rebranded from Skandia International at the end of last year, saw a drop in profit and sales over 2014 as it struggled with the costs of implementing its new wealth management platform and continuing regulatory changes.

Jersey to evolve QROPS legislation ‘step by step’


Jersey’s chief minister Ian Gorst has said that the island’s strategy towards building business in the QROPS market is not cautious, but rather a “step-by-step” approach.

Coutts probed over client tax evasion allegations


Coutts & Co is under investigation by a German prosecutor regarding allegations of assisting client tax evasion.

Accountants lose court battle over tax avoidance liability


An accountancy firm’s appeal against a Financial Ombudsmen Service (FOS) decision which ruled it was liable for advising clients to invest into a now-blacklisted tax avoidance scheme has been dismissed by the UK courts.

Nutmeg may consider expats for new pension


Investment manager Nutmeg has launched an online pension, and may look at opening it up to investors living in key expat jurisdictions.

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