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Paid off your mortgage? Five things to do with your money now

At last! You're mortgage-free. But what should you do with the extra cash? Supercharge your finances, says High50’s Julian Knight, and diversify your shares, savings and investments instead

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  • Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) is considering penalising Irish banks if they don't cut mortage rates deemed too high by the government in coming weeks, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Friday. Ireland's recovering banks are under political and public pressure to cut rates that are higher than the euro zone average …

  • Co-op Bank says making progress with turnaround plan Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, May 20, 2015 07:38 BST

    The Co-operative Bank said on Wednesday it was making continued progress in a sweeping turnaround plan aimed at derisking its balance sheet and focusing on individual and small business customers. In a first-quarter trading statement, the British bank said it had completed a 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) residential …

  • Paragon reports 10 percent rise in first-half profit Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, May 19, 2015 07:24 BST

    British buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon (Xetra: 555869 - news) reported a 10 percent increase in first-half profit and said its recently launched bank was on track to break even next year. Paragon made a profit before one-off items of 63.9 million pounds ($100 million) in the six months to the end of March, up from …

  • UK lender Paragon reports 10 percent rise in first-half profit Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, May 19, 2015 07:11 BST

    British buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon reported a 10 percent increase in first-half profit and said its recently launched bank was on track to break even next year. Paragon made a profit before one-off ...

  • Nomura, RBS must pay $806 mln in mortgage bond case-U.S. judge Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, May 15, 2015 23:44 BST

    A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Nomura Holdings Inc (Other OTC: NRSCF - news) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc to pay a collective $806 million for making false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan entered the judgment after finding …

  • Mortgage rates edge up thanks to higher wholesale costs Telegraph - Fri, May 15, 2015 20:34 BST

    Banks are being forced to pay more for five-year funding, pushing rates up

  • REUTERS SUMMIT-HSBC Chairman: Should banks be mortgage lenders? Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, May 15, 2015 16:21 BST

    Blue chip banks could provide a bigger stimulus to Europe's flagging economy if they pared back low-return mortgage lending to pump more firepower into small business and consumer credit, the chairman of HSBC told Reuters. Douglas Flint, boss of Europe's largest bank, said policymakers and banks needed to reconsider the …

  • Fame and Fortune: Chesney Hawkes’s huge pop hit 'The One and Only' led to debts and mortgage arrears

  • U.S. appeals court appears receptive to bond trader's fraud appeal Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, May 13, 2015 19:41 BST

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday signaled a willingness to overturn part or all of the conviction of a former Jefferies Group Inc trader accused of defrauding investors after the financial crisis by lying about mortgage bond prices. In weighing Jesse Litvak's appeal in the closely watched case, the 2nd U.S. Circuit …

  • James Anderson, who has turned £10,000 into £50,000 over the past decade, explains his formula for investment success and names the unknown shares that he expects to be tomorrow's giants

  • Nomura, RBS face $805 million damages after U.S. ruling -lawyer Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, May 12, 2015 19:22 BST

    A U.S. judge's ruling that Nomura Holdings Inc (Other OTC: NRSCF - news) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc made false statements selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could result in a judgment exceeding $805 million, a U.S. regulator's lawyer said on Tuesday. Philippe Selendy, a lawyer …

  • Judge rules RBS and Nomura made false statements when they sold mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

  • Property price rises have far outstripped rent increases, narrowing landlords' profits and making them vulnerable to higher rates

  • UK house prices rise faster than expected in April - Halifax Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, May 8, 2015 09:46 BST

    British house prices rose faster than forecast in April, showing some signs of recovering from a slowdown in late 2014 on the back of low mortgage rates and strong economic growth, according to figures released by mortgage lender Halifax on Friday. House prices rose by 1.6 percent in April from March, compared with a forecast …

  • UK house prices grow faster than expected in April - Halifax Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, May 8, 2015 08:13 BST

    British house prices grew faster than forecast in April, boosted by low mortgage rates and strong economic growth, figures from mortgage lender Halifax showed on Friday. House prices rose 1.6 percent in April from March, compared with a forecast for a rise of 0.4 percent in a Reuters poll. Prices had risen by 0.6 percent …

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