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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK equity release mortgages: subdued performance is no barometer for future

Latest figures published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reveal that new equity release lending advanced in 2005 was down by 13.4% on 2004. However the longer term picture looks rosier: the current regulatory structure should ensure that equity release lenders have the appropriate sales practices in place to sell these complex loans and this, in turn, will restore consumer confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK equity release: home improvements are the biggest driver

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK equity release: its publicity is bad publicity

Equity release schemes have been a source of contention for many policyholders. Some schemes left consumers with devastating debts, giving the products a bad name - and the dire press has continued, mainly thanks to the current gap in the regulatory framework. Providers must overcome the image problem and strive to restore consumer confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK equity: amount held by over-65s will reach GBP578.9 billion

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2002
Expert View
Expert View

UK Europe's most competitive energy market as full market opening looms

While the UK power and gas markets are the most competitive in Europe, market conditions, attitudes towards liberalization and levels of competitive intensity remain highly diverse across the EU. As such, the European Commission's aim of creating a single European energy market remains a distant possibility rather than an imminent reality following full market opening on July 1, 2007.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2007
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK exhaust sales: new distribution channels worth E79.8 million by 2008

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK farmers: suffering from supermarket power

Despite OFT regulation, farmers still feel that supermarkets are abusing their position in the supply chain and forcing them to bear extraneous costs. While supermarkets' ability to make demands of farmers could mean greater consumer control of the supply chain, the current heavy-handed approach can only backfire.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2003
Expert View
Expert View

UK feed-in tariffs need revolution, not review

A week after the British government announced plans to cut government subsidies for large-scale solar photovoltaic schemes, the International Feed-In Cooperation released the findings of its most recent meeting, which revealed just how dependent the EU's renewables industry has become on feed-in tariffs. This also provided the UK with enough reasons to rethink its policy on renewable subsidies.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK finance: AMPlifying the message

Published By Datamonitor
11 Dec 2000
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK finance: chopping down the poles

At present, financial advisors linked to a company may not offer advice on another company's products, giving independent financial advisors a monopoly. This practice looks doomed. It's not yet clear exactly what steps the FSA review will take to boost consumer choice, but it is certain to have a significant impact on the UK financial services market.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2001

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