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  1. A look at house prices and affordability through the decades

    Interesting report from Nationwide Building Society:

    https://nfinews.co.uk/5KB-6OA4C-531C5M-3WIFF0-1/c.aspx
  2. Annual house price growth of 1.4% in 2019

    Happy new year all.

    Key points of Nationwide's December press release:

    - Prices rose 0.1% in December, after taking account of seasonal factors

    - Annual price declines persist in London and...
  3. Nationwide's House Price Index Nov 19

    Key points:

    - Annual house price growth remained subdued at 0.8%

    - 0.5% rise month-on-month, after taking account of seasonal factors

    Full report here:
    ...
  4. Landlord panel regional snapshot report (from the...

    Landlord panel regional snapshot report (from the Mortgage Works who are the buy to let lending arm of Nationwide Building Society)

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  5. Bank Rate maintained at 0.75% - November 2019

    Bank Rate maintained at 0.75% - November 2019 | Bank of England
  6. Central bank digital currencies: edging towards reality?

    Interesting report from Reuters:

    Explainer: Central bank digital currencies: edging towards reality? - Reuters
  7. Nationwide Building Society House Price Index Oct 19

    Key points:


    - Annual house price growth remained subdued at 0.4%

    - Modest 0.2% rise month-on-month, after taking account of seasonal factors

    Full report here:
  8. MPs call for action on banks, Big Tech to avoid IT failures

    Interesting story from Reuters:

    MPs call for action on banks, Big Tech to avoid IT failures - Reuters
  9. U.K. Economy Set to Avoid Imminent Recession

    Interesting article from Bloomberg:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-10/u-k-economy-set-to-avoid-imminent-recession-despite-poor-august
  10. Nationwide Building Society House Price Index Sept 2019

    Key points:

    - Annual house price growth dipped to 0.2% in September

    - Modest 0.2% price fall during the month, after taking account of seasonal factors

    - Annual price declines persist in...
  11. "Turkey will make up for tourists lost in Thomas...

    "Turkey will make up for tourists lost in Thomas Cook collapse - minister":

    BA & Jet 2 are looking to increase flights to Turkey.

    Turkey will make up for tourists lost in Thomas Cook collapse -...
  12. Rate cut 'plausible' if Brexit uncertainty persists - BoE's Saunders

    Taken from Reuters:

    Rate cut 'plausible' if Brexit uncertainty persists - BoE's Saunders - Reuters
  13. Good question as it doesn't seem like an easy...

    Good question as it doesn't seem like an easy market to operate in at the moment what with Tesco's recently withdrawing from mortgage lending as well.
  14. Sainsbury's to close 60 Argos stores and stop mortgage lending

    Link to the BBC report:

    Sainsbury's to close 60 Argos stores as profit set to dip - BBC News
  15. LONDON (Reuters) - "The world’s oldest travel...

    LONDON (Reuters) - "The world’s oldest travel firm Thomas Cook (TCG.L) collapsed on Monday, stranding more than half a million holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime...
  16. Bank of England forecasts low interest rates for longer

    Base rate held at 0.75%.

    Full story here:

    Bank of England forecasts low interest rates for longer - BBC News
  17. U.K. Inflation Rate Falls to Lowest Since 2016 on Games, Clothes

    Interesting report from Bloomberg:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-18/u-k-inflation-rate-falls-to-lowest-since-2016-on-games-clothes?srnd=premium-europe
  18. UK pay growth hits 4% for first time since 2008 but hiring slows

    Interesting report from Reuters:

    UK pay growth hits 4% for first time since 2008 but hiring slows - Reuters
  19. Lloyds Banking Group lands £3.7 billion Tesco Bank mortgage portfolio

    Full story here:

    Lloyds Banking Group lands GBP3.7 billion Tesco Bank mortgage portfolio - Reuters
  20. Nationwide Building Society House Price Index Aug 19

    Key points:

    - Annual house price growth remained subdued at
    0.6%

    - Prices unchanged month-on-month, after taking
    account of seasonal factors


    Full report here:
  21. Couple of interesting reports from the Mortgage...

    Couple of interesting reports from the Mortgage Works on rental income analysis and tenant demand:

    (Links will open a pdf)

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  22. Mark Carney says negative interest rates ‘not an option’ for Bank of England

    Full story here:

    Mark Carney says negative interest rates ‘not an option’ for BoE - CityAM : CityAM
  23. Danish bank launches world’s first negative interest rate mortgage

    Jyske Bank will effectively pay borrowers 0.5% a year to take out a loan.

    Full story here:

    Danish bank launches world’s first negative interest rate mortgage | Money | The Guardian
  24. Bank of England base rate held at 0.75%

    Full story here:

    Bank of England cuts UK growth forecast - BBC News
  25. Lloyds beats rivals to £3.7bn Tesco Bank mortgage book

    Interesting report from Sky News:

    Lloyds beats rivals to GBP3.7bn Tesco Bank mortgage book | Business News | Sky News
  26. Nationwide's House Price Index House Price Index July 2019

    Key points:

    - Slight slowing in the rate of annual house price growth to 0.3%

    - Modest 0.3% month-on-month rise, after taking account of seasonal factors

    Full report here:
    ...
  27. Bank of England's Haldane "very cautious" about cutting rates

    Interesting report from Reuters:

    Bank of England's Haldane very cautious about cutting rates - Reuters
  28. U.K. Economy Returns to Growth in May as Car Production Gains

    Interesting report from Bloomberg:

    - Motor vehicle production surges 24% from previous month

    - Economy still needs positive June for flat quarterly output
    ...
  29. Leasehold: a Mortgage Strategy investigation

    Good article from Mortgage Strategy

    Leasehold: a Mortgage Strategy investigation - Mortgage Strategy
  30. Nationwide's House Price Index June 2019

    Key points:

    - Annual house price growth remained subdued at 0.5% in June

    - Modest 0.1% price rise during the month, after taking account of seasonal factors

    - Annual price falls persist in...
  31. The issue is that there are not enough good...

    The issue is that there are not enough good quality management agents. The vast majority that i have dealt with have been utterly woeful and tend to side with the freeholder.
  32. Minister announces end to new-build leaseholds

    Taken from FT Adviser:

    Minister announces end to new-build leaseholds - FTAdviser.com
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    Bloomberg's report on the Bitcoin's fluctuations...

    Bloomberg's report on the Bitcoin's fluctuations this week.

    Bitcoin Almost Wipes Out Its Mega Gain Just as Swiftly as It Came:
    ...
  34. Regional Snapshot Report from The Mortgage Works...

    Regional Snapshot Report from The Mortgage Works of landlord trends:
    ...
  35. Base rate kept at 0.75% "The committee adds...

    Base rate kept at 0.75%

    "The committee adds that it expects a flat GDP figure in Q2 2019 following Q1’s 0.5 per cent growth rate, in part due to companies maintaining their existing stock levels...
  36. BoE policymakers bang drum for higher rates despite Brexit clouds

    Interesting report from Reuters:


    BoE policymakers bang drum for higher rates despite Brexit clouds - Reuters

    The BoE announces its next policy decision on June 20.
  37. Labour report spells out radical approach to land reform

    "A new report developed for the Labour party has argued that community land trusts should be handed a greater role in transforming the lives of under-represented people and alleviating the housing...
  38. Nationwide Building Society House Price Index May 2019

    Key points:

    - Annual house price growth slowed to 0.6%

    - Prices fall 0.2% month-on-month, after taking account of seasonal factors


    Full report here:
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    I hope this as good as the book as it's one of my...

    I hope this as good as the book as it's one of my favorites.


    For Netflix recommendations - Surviving Escobar is really good.
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    Metro Bank raises £375m in new funds to bolster...

    Metro Bank raises £375m in new funds to bolster finances:

    Metro Bank raises GBP375m in new funds to bolster finances - BBC News
  41. Bank of England calls for 'super shield' against cyber attacks

    Interesting article from Reuters:

    "LONDON (Reuters) - Britain may need to copy the United States in building a “super shield” against catastrophic cyber attacks or major IT glitches that could...
  42. MPC votes unanimously to hold Bank Rate

    "The MPC predicts that, if the economy develops broadly in line with its Inflation Report projections, a tightening of monetary policy would be necessary"

    Full article here:

    MPC votes...
  43. Since late last year i have noticed an increase...

    Since late last year i have noticed an increase on down valuations for remortgages. Surveyors are being incredibly cautious and are generally valuing property at the same or less than was bought for...
  44. Nationwide Building Society House Price Index April 19

    Key points:

    - Annual house price growth remained subdued at 0.9% in April

    - Prices rose 0.4% month-on-month, after taking account of seasonal factors

    Full report here:
    ...
  45. TSB to guarantee customers their money back in all cases of fraud

    Interesting story from This is Money:

    TSB first bank to guarantee customers their money back in all cases of fraud | This is Money
  46. There’s a Middle-Class Threat to the Fabric of Global Economy

    Interesting story from Bloomberg:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/there-s-a-middle-class-threat-to-the-fabric-of-global-economy?srnd=premium-europe
  47. Nationwide Building Society House Price Index March 2019

    Key Points:

    - Annual house price growth remained subdued
    at 0.7% in March

    - Modest 0.2% price rise during the month, after
    taking account of seasonal factors

    - Annual price falls in...
  48. MPC votes unanimously to hold Bank Rate

    Full report here:


    MPC votes unanimously to hold Bank Rate | Financial Reporter
  49. These Are the World’s Most Expensive Cities

    Interesting report from Bloomberg with Singapore, Paris & Hong Kong tied in first place:
    ...
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    Something similar also recently happened to Fleet...

    Something similar also recently happened to Fleet Mortgages who are another specialist / challenger lender. They pulled their entire product range in January and are still waiting for their next...
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