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Inflation Falls To 2.3% – Why Are Short Term Rate Cuts Unlikely?

Rate Cut In Doubt As Inflation Falls It was announced this week that inflation fell from 3.2% to 2.3%, slightly above the market forecast of 2.1%. Though smaller than expected, the drop is still positive as it is now lower than the Eurozone and US inflation figures. A rate cut in June now seems highly […]

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Base Rate Held At 5.25% While Inflation Falls To 3.2%

Base Rate Held At 5.25% At todays Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting they voted 7-2 to maintain the current Base Rate at 5.25% for the sixth consecutive month despite inflation falling further to 3.2%. This decision was followed, as in previous months, by initial promises of an imminent rate reduction. However,

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Base Rate & Swap Rates

Lenders Increase Rates As Swaps Continue To Rise

Base Rate Battles Inflation while Swap Rates Shape Mortgage Costs Mortgage rates are frequently subject to speculation, especially when a notable shift in the Base Rate is currently at a 16-year high of 5.25%. This increase aims to combat inflation, which has significantly declined from 11.1% in October 2022 to 3.2% in March. The central

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Lenders Resume Fight For Business As Swap Rates Continue To Rise

Rate Reductions Amidst Uncertainty In a bold move this week, numerous lenders have opted to reduce their rates, aiming to invigorate business volumes in the face of persistent inflationary pressures. Despite reports indicating stubborn inflation, these lenders are betting on rate reductions to stimulate demand and bolster their market share. The decision comes amidst widespread

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Base Rate Held At 5.25% As Inflation Falls To 3.4%

Base Rate: 5.25% Inflation: 3.4% Average House Price: £285,000 Bank Of England MPC – Why They Are Wrong It’s a glaring disgrace that the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has voted 8-1 to turn a blind eye to the genuine financial struggles facing the public despite a noticeable drop in inflation. With inflation

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Lenders Increase Rates As Swap Rates Remain Steady

Lenders Increase Rates This week, a wave of lenders increased their rates upward, driven by unexpected inflation figures. As consumer prices returned above initial forecasts, lenders faced heightened operational costs and increased risk exposure. To maintain profitability and safeguard against inflationary pressures, these lenders are compelled to adjust rates accordingly. What Next For The Bank

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HSBC

HSBC’s Pivotal Role in Shaping the Mortgage Market

Excellent team meeting today with Lucy Hall, discussing how HSBC has emerged over the last six months as a formidable force in the mortgage market, significantly influencing lending trends and interest rates. This period has seen the banking giant expand its mortgage offerings and introduce competitive rates that have benefitted borrowers. HSBC’s strategic moves have enhanced

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Enhanced Affordability For Company Directors

Virgin Money & Clydesdale Offer Enhanced Affordability For Company Directors

Excellent team meeting with Kim Dickinson, presenting Virgin Money and Clydesdale’s Enhanced Affordability calculations for Limited Company Directors. Mortgage affordability can significantly improve by strategically utilising both salary and share of company profits. Traditionally, lenders focus on personal income for mortgage assessments. However, directors often reinvest earnings into their businesses, understating their true financial capacity.

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Lenders Cut Rate For 2024

January 2024 Kicks Off With A Bang As Lenders Slash Rates Early

The UK’s largest mortgage lender, Halifax, has slashed rates to remain competitive as major lenders compete to undercut each other.  This is excellent news for homeowners and mortgage borrowers for several reasons: Lower Monthly Payments Refinancing Opportunities Increased Buying Power Stimulating the Housing Market Help Ease Financial Stress Attract First-Time Buyers Market Competition Driving Down

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