This week’s 0.25% Bank Rate cut was so widely expected, following the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) strong steer in its July minutes, it had already been taken into account by the market. Therefore The Bank had to do something exceptional to aim the market further in the direction it wants it to go.
The Yorkshire Building Society today launched a 10 year fixed rate at 2.89% for loan to values (LTV) up to 75%, which is the lowest 10 year fix available at 75% LTV. But what else should borrowers be aware of outside of the headline rate of any new mortgage deal?
My take from today's no change in Bank Rate announcement from the MPC, despite widespread expectation of a cut, is that, based on comments in the accompanying statement, a decision on what action to take, if any, has been put of...
Whatever the result of the referendum it will have huge political implications for the rest of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom. Clearly these will be greater if we vote Leave but the debate in the UK has been devoid of consideration of the wider implications for the EU, although it has provoked considerable debate in some of these countries.
John Charcol is one of a small number of mortgage brokers piloting a ground breaking new mortgage from the Hodge Lifetime – the 55+ mortgage.
At the beginning of his speech the Chancellor said he is asking the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) to be particularly vigilant in the light of current market turbulence. This message must increase the risk of...
Key figures economists will be waiting for from The Chancellor in his budget speech will be revised deficit forecasts for the rest of this Parliament. Whatever tax increases or decreases George Osborne announces are likely to pale...
Yesterday the UK 10 year benchmark gilt yield fell to an all time low of 1.3%, slightly below the previous lowest ever level touched early last year.
Ray Boulger has written John Charcol's response to the Treasury's consultation on proposed SDLT rates. Here's the response in full:
We applaud the Government’s aim of promoting home ownership, which we agree provides an...
I note that when announcing its rates available in conjunction with the London Help to Buy Equity Share second charge mortgage scheme, which launches on Monday 1 February, Barclays says that “Our new market leading range of shared...