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  • UK mortgage approvals hit 1-year low in June, consumer lending strong Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 29, 2016 10:12 BST

    British mortgage approvals dipped to the lowest level since May 2015 in the weeks around last month's vote to leave the European Union, but lending to consumers expanded at the fastest pace in almost 11 years. The Bank of England said lenders approved 64,766 mortgages in June compared with 66,722 in May, extending a gentle …

  • Bank of Ireland says Brexit may delay plans to restart dividend Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 29, 2016 09:04 BST

    Bank of Ireland (EUREX: 1269463.EX - news) 's plans to restart dividend payments next year could be impacted by external factors including Brexit which could hit the bank's momentum, Chief Executive Richie Boucher said on Friday. Under the terms of its state bailout, Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's largest lender …

  • UK house price growth edges up, no Brexit effect yet -Nationwide Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 28, 2016 07:36 BST

    British house prices rose at their fastest annual pace in four months in July, in data that might not yet reflect any impact from June's vote to leave the European Union, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Thursday. "The outlook for the housing market remains unusually uncertain and it may take several months for the underlying …

  • UK house price growth edges up, Brexit impact yet to be seen-Nationwide Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 28, 2016 07:09 BST

    British house prices rose at their fastest annual pace in four months in July but might not yet reflect any impact from last month's vote to leave the European Union, mortgage lender Nationwide said on ...

  • U.S. pending home sales rise slightly in June Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 27, 2016 15:00 BST

    Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose far less than expected in June, another sign that a lack of inventory is crimping activity despite mortgage rates being at near-record lows. The National ...

  • Challenger Bank Names Tory Peer As Chairman Sky News - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 12:13 BST
    Challenger Bank Names Tory Peer As Chairman

    A former leader of the House of Lords during David Cameron's tenure as prime minister has become the latest peer to enter Britain's financial sector by taking on the chairmanship of a little-known challenger bank. Sky News can reveal that Lord Strathclyde recently joined Bank and Clients (B and C), a business set up by …

  • Strong U.S. home sales, low layoffs highlight economy's strength Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 17:00 BST

    With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) housing and consumers powering ahead, some of the clouds are dissipating and summer looks good from a data point of view," said Thomas Costerg, a U.S. economist at Standard Chartered Bank in New York. The National Association of Realtors said existing home sales increased 1.1 percent to an …

  • Subprime lenders see silver lining after Brexit Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 17:40 BST

    Subprime mortgage lenders have seen a resurgence in Britain over the past year along with their peers offering high-interest personal loans and they expect Brexit to further boost demand. The recent vote to leave the European Union is expected to make the economic picture gloomier for Britain, dampening growth, increasing …

  • Goldman surprised at markets bounce after Brexit vote

    Second-quarter results for Goldman Sachs reflected gains from lower expenses for staff pay and for mortgage-related litigation compared with the year-ago period

  • Goldman Sachs earnings jump on lower expenses AFP - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 13:40 BST
    Goldman surprised at markets bounce after Brexit vote

    Second-quarter results for Goldman Sachs reflected gains from lower expenses for staff pay and for mortgage-related litigation compared with the year-ago period

  • Brexit vote seems to be weighing on UK housing market - BoE's Woods Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:14 BST

    Britain's housing market appears to be slowing due to the country's decision last month to leave the European Union, new Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods told lawmakers during an appointment hearing on Tuesday. "We are just starting to see little bits of evidence around the housing market ... all of that does …

  • The great mortgage rate divide: some pay 0.99pc, others are stuck on 5pc

  • Little rest ahead for ABS market in summer blitz Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 18:42 BST

    Ford Motor (LSE: 0P4F.L - news) , John Deere and subprime lender Consumer Portfolio Services have started pre-marketing a combined US$1.86bn of bonds for sale next week. Fannie Mae is also looking to hit the market with a roughly US$1.3bn residential mortgage bond - its fourth this year from its credit-risk transfer  …

  • Banks report increased demand for mortgage lending in Q2 - BoE Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 13, 2016 09:40 BST

    British households' demand for mortgage lending and consumer credit picked up significantly in the run-up to last month's vote to leave the European Union, central bank data showed on Wednesday, underscoring the consumer-led nature of British economic growth. The Bank of England's quarterly survey of lenders showed demand …

  • UK house price growth slowed in run-up to EU vote - Halifax Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 7, 2016 08:59 BST

    British house prices rose at their slowest annual pace in nearly a year in June, before the country voted to leave the European Union, mortgage lender Halifax said on Thursday. In June alone, prices were up 1.3 percent from May, Halifax said. "House prices continue to increase, albeit at a slower rate, but this precedes …

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