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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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  • Nationwide Building Society , Britain's biggest customer-owned lender, reported a 9 percent increase in annual underlying profit as its mortgage lending rose to volumes last seen before the 2007-8 financial ...

  • US court tosses out $1.3 bn penalty on Bank of America

    The federal court ruling overturned an October 2013 jury verdict that Countrywide's sale of bad loans to mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac constituted fraud

  • The trauma of losing your home in middle age - and the 'divorce mortgage' that might soon help

  • Osborne sees house prices sliding 10-18 pct if Britain leaves EU Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, May 20, 2016 23:30 BST

    British house prices would fall 10 percent to 18 percent if the country voted to leave the European Union, finance minister George Osborne said on Friday. The Treasury provided a transcript of an interview with the BBC in which Osborne warned that a Brexit would also unsettle financial markets, sending mortgage rates higher …

  • Clock did not run out on FDIC lawsuit vs big banks -U.S. court Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, May 19, 2016 17:35 BST

    In a 2-1 decision on Thursday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the FDIC did not wait too long to sue Credit Suisse (LSE: 0QP5.L - news) Group AG, First Horizon National Corp, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Wells Fargo (Hanover: NWT.HA - news) & Co and seven other banks for selling or underwriting toxic …

  • US appeals court revives FDIC's bank lawsuit over Colonial collapse Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, May 19, 2016 15:12 BST

    A divided federal appeals court on Thursday revived an FDIC lawsuit accusing several major banks of helping cause the 2009 failure of Colonial BancGroup Inc by selling or underwriting toxic mortgage-backed ...

  • Irish central bank would enforce mortgage plan despite reservations Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, May 19, 2016 14:52 BST

    Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's central bank will work to the letter of a proposed law to hand it the power to cap mortgage interest rates if it is enacted, even though it has serious reservations over its impact, the bank's governor said on Thursday. A proposed law to hand the central bank the power to intervene …

  • Irish mortgage rate bill putting off new entrants -fin min Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, May 19, 2016 13:28 BST

    New (KOSDAQ: 160550.KQ - news) entrants are interested in entering Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's mortgage market but they may hold back due to proposed legislation to hand the central bank the power to cap rates, the finance minister said on Thursday. A proposed law to hand the central bank the power to intervene …

  • Irish mortgage rate bill passes initial stage as govt ignored Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, May 18, 2016 20:47 BST

    A proposed law to hand Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's central bank the power to intervene in setting mortgage rates passed the initial legislative stage in parliament on Wednesday despite objections from the government and central bank. The bill, tabled by Ireland's second largest party, Fianna Fail, was approved …

  • Irish finance minister calls for scrutiny of mortgage rate bill Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, May 17, 2016 22:23 BST

    Proposed legislation by Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's main opposition party to hand the country's central bank power to intervene in setting mortgage rates is deeply flawed and needs to be reviewed, Ireland's finance minister said on Tuesday. Fianna Fail, the country's second largest party, tabled the bill on Tuesday …

  • Noonan says more likely Allied Irish Banks IPO will be in H1 2017 Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, May 11, 2016 14:53 BST

    Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) will more likely launch its planned sale of a 25 percent stake in state-owned Allied Irish Banks in the first half of 2017 rather than later this year, finance minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday. Noonan added that there was nothing in the new government's policy programme that should …

  • Irish opposition to test new government with mortgage rate bill Reuters - UK Focus - Mon, May 9, 2016 12:04 BST

    Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's main opposition party said on Monday it would table a law to give the Central Bank power to intervene in the setting of mortgage rates, in one of the first legislative tests of the new minority government. Prime Minister Enda Kenny's coalition last year used its majority to vote down …

  • UK house prices fall in April as new tax bites - Halifax Reuters - UK Focus - Mon, May 9, 2016 11:52 BST

    British house prices fell more sharply than expected last month after the introduction of a new tax on the purchase of rental properties and the market might be entering a cooler phase, mortgage lender Halifax said on Monday. Compared with the same period last year, house prices rose by 9.2 percent in the three months …

  • Nationwide ups mortgage age limit to 85 Sky News - Mon, May 9, 2016 02:02 BST
    Nationwide Raises Mortgage Age Limit To 85

    The announcement comes as Halifax raises its age limit for mortgages from 75 to 80 from today.

  • Nationwide Raises Mortgage Age Limit To 85 Sky News - Mon, May 9, 2016 02:02 BST
    Nationwide said it was raising the age limit to offer borrowers greater support in retirement

    Britain's biggest building society is increasing its maximum age for mortgages to 85 to meet "a growing demand" from customers "to borrow in later life". The announcement comes as Halifax raises its age limit for mortgages from 75 to 80 from today. The option will be available on all standard Nationwide mortgage products …

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