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When it comes to market volatility, sometimes it’s best to stay put

The coronavirus pandemic and the recent escalation of military conflict in Ukraine have caused significant volatility in financial markets. Global stock markets plunged in early 2020 as COVID-19 swept the world, before recovering as governments and central banks launched unprecedented stimulus and, later, vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 were developed. As economies came out of […]

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Interest Rate Rise

On Thursday 3 February 2022, the Bank of England increased the base rate from 0.25% to 0.50%. This is the second increase since December 2021. What is the base rate and why does this matter? The base rate, set by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, is the main driver of rates on mortgages […]

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Green Mortgages

Based upon my recent research there are seven lenders currently offering green mortgages.  This number will grow, I suspect, because lenders will be keen to encourage borrowers either to purchase properties with improved energy performance characteristics or because they wish to encourage borrowers to improve older housing stock where such energy performance characteristics are worse.  […]

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Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the budget the launch of a new mortgage guarantee scheme, very similar to the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme which ran from 2013 to 2017. The intention is to encourage lenders to advance up to 95% of the agreed purchase price and so help those buyers who […]

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An Overview of the Mortgage Market

The saying: A week is a long time in politics is attributed to former labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. It certainly feels as if a week or perhaps a month is a long time in the mortgage and housing markets and much has changed since my most recent blog of early May which was uploaded […]

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Our Market View – June 2020

After the rollercoaster we saw in the markets in March and April, May was almost dull.  Equity markets seem to have settled into trading ranges, albeit still volatile, moving up and down with newsflow but reflecting the ebb and flow of positive and negative economic and corporate news as the fight against the coronavirus continues. […]

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