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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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  • Osborne role in housing market woes is clear from HMRC figures

    The first is from Nationwide Building Society (LSE: NBS.L - news) , the UK's second-largest mortgage lender, whose latest index reveals that, in April, house prices fell for the second month running. It means during the last 12 months house prices have risen by their weakest amount in nearly four years. The news is revealed …

  • British banks approved the fewest mortgages in four months in March and consumer credit growth slowed, industry figures showed on Friday, adding to signs of a weakening in economic growth in early 2017. ...

  • British house prices fell for a second month in a row in April, suggesting households are feeling the pinch from rising inflation since last year's Brexit vote and low wage growth, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Friday. Nationwide said house prices declined by a monthly 0.4 percent following a fall of 0.3 …

  • British house prices fell for a second month in a row in April, suggesting households are feeling the pinch from rising inflation since last year's Brexit vote and low wage growth, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Friday. Nationwide said house prices declined by a monthly 0.4 percent following a fall of 0.3 …

  • Lloyds bucks expectations of post-Brexit dip as Q1 profit holds up Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 27, 2017 08:27 BST

    Lloyds Banking Group on Thursday reported its first quarter profit remained steady, defying analysts' expectations of a dip in performance at Britain's biggest mortgage lender following the vote last June to leave the European Union. Lloyds said underlying profit before tax was a better-than-expected 2.1 billion pounds …

  • British housebuilders deliver upbeat trading statements Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 27, 2017 08:03 BST

    Two of Britain's biggest housebuilders on Thursday expressed confidence for 2017, saying that strong demand from first-time buyers and good mortgage availability had propped up sales growth. Taylor Wimpey ...

  • Virgin Money gross mortgage lending slips in the first quarter Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Apr 25, 2017 07:48 BST

    British bank Virgin Money Holdings Plc reaffirmed its 2017 guidance as it posted lower gross mortgage lending for the first three months of the year, noting strong competition in parts of the mortgage market. Gross mortgage lending fell 4.8 percent to 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) for the three months ended March 31. …

  • Cheapest ever mortgage rate of 0.89% on offer to home buyers

    A building society is launching Britain's cheapest ever mortgage deal with a rate of 0.89% as competition between lenders intensifies. The two-year deal offered by Yorkshire Building Society requires a deposit worth at least 35% of the value of the property. The deal is not fixed at 0.89% but set at a 3.85% discount to …

  • Britons still subdued over housing market outlook - Halifax Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 00:01 BST

    Britons' expectations for house prices for the coming year remain subdued following last year's Brexit vote, a survey from mortgage lender Halifax showed on Friday. Some 58 percent of Britons expect house prices to rise over the next 12 months, but most of these expect an increase of less than 5 percent. The size of the …

  • Ex-Santander CFO Stephen Jones approached about top bank lobbying post

    A former chief financial officer of Santander UK (LSE: 44RS.L - news) has been approached about heading the new body charged with steering Britain's banking industry through Brexit. Sky News has learnt that Stephen Jones is being courted to become the chief executive of UK Finance - which is being formed from the merger …

  • Ex-Santander CFO Stephen Jones approached about top bank lobbying post

    A former chief financial officer of Santander UK (LSE: 44RS.L - news) has been approached about heading the new body charged with steering Britain's banking industry through Brexit. Sky News has learnt that Stephen Jones is being courted to become the chief executive of UK Finance - which is being formed from the merger …

  • Browne to quit role as UK’s top bank lobbyist Sky News - Tue, Apr 18, 2017 13:49 BST
    Browne to quit role as UK’s top bank lobbyist

    Anthony Browne is to quit as Britain's top bank lobbyist later this year as a new industry body begins to chart a course through the outcome of a snap General Election and the UK's exit from the European Union. Sky News has learnt that Mr Browne has informed the board of the British Bankers' Association (BBA) about his …

  • US STOCKS-Wall St slides as investors weigh bank results, global risks Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 13, 2017 21:33 BST

    Major U.S. stock indexes fell on Thursday for a third straight day as investors weighed earnings reports from big U.S. banks and geopolitical tensions, while the tech sector fell for a tenth consecutive session. Wells Fargo shares fell 3.3 percent, pulling down the S&P 500, after the bank reported a drop in mortgage banking …

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls as investors weigh global risks, bank results Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 13, 2017 20:08 BST

    Wall Street fell on Thursday and looked set to book losses for a third straight day as investors weighed earnings from big U.S. banks and geopolitical tensions. Wells Fargo shares fell 2.4 percent, pulling down the S&P 500, after the bank reported a drop in mortgage banking revenue. JPMorgan (LSE: JPIU.L - news) and …

  • House prices set record high but market slows - official figures

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while the rate of growth picked up to 5.8% - up 0.6% on January - market commentary had since suggested that activity was slowing amid economic uncertainty and continued tight supply in the market. It was supported by data from the Bank of England which highlighted a fall …

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