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What's keeping your clients up at night?

What's keeping your clients up at night?

One of the first things I do over my morning coffee is scan the financial press. This week the speculation is at a frenzy that interest rates will increase within months. Markets are now seeing two interest rate increases by the end of next year.

18 Sep 2017

Avoiding a 'crunch' when it comes to bridging

Avoiding a 'crunch' when it comes to bridging

It has been interesting recently to read all the analysis of the 10-year ‘anniversary’ of the start of the Credit Crunch. For a start I’m not sure ‘anniversary’ is the right word in the first place as it’s certainly not an event worth celebrating, given what was to follow for those of us who work in financial services.

12 Sep 2017

How can brokers and bridging lenders maintain marital bliss?

How can brokers and bridging lenders maintain marital bliss?

Any successful marriage needs to be worked at. The same is true of the working relationship between bridging loan brokers and lenders.

18 Aug 2017

NACFB's new CEO Graham Toy starts work

NACFB's new CEO Graham Toy starts work

As I settle into my new role, my commute from Liverpool St Station to Hamilton House takes me right past Bucklersbury House where I started my career with Barclays forty years ago, fifteen years before the formation of this Association.

02 Aug 2017

Letting a master broker take the strain when it comes to bridging

Letting a master broker take the strain when it comes to bridging

As the summer begins in earnest – I’m sat here watching both the tarmac and the people outside slowly bake – our minds might begin to turn to holidays and the thought of that fortnight break with nothing to worry about but at what point you take that dip in the pool.

10 Jul 2017

Notes from the Commercial Finance Expo 2017

Notes from the Commercial Finance Expo 2017

With 1091 visitors and 884 exhibitors, the total number of attendees reached a new record high of 1975 people under one roof – Hall 3a at the NEC.

29 Jun 2017

Helping brokers spot missed opportunities in commercial finance

Helping brokers spot missed opportunities in commercial finance

I read an interesting article recently on the missed opportunities in commercial finance.

24 May 2017

What we should hope for in the run-up to the General Election

What we should hope for in the run-up to the General Election

To almost everyone’s surprise, here we are again in the midst of a General Election.

24 Apr 2017

Sweating the small things

Sweating the small things

There’s been no tailing off of interest from new lenders coming to the NACFB in the first month of 2017. When we are building a full panel of lenders, we have to tailor that panel to the actual demands from small businesses.

02 Feb 2017

Can the property market trump expectations?

Can the property market trump expectations?

It’s been a good year for surprises; two unexpected results with the referendum and the recent US election, Leicester City winning the league and Arsenal not finishing fourth.

25 Nov 2016

 

Asset finance presents a prime opportunity for brokers

Asset finance presents a prime opportunity for brokers

Asset finance new business levels increased by 8% in the year to April, and businesses’ increasing appetite for this type of funding offers brokers the chance to carve out a larger share of the market and boost asset finance lending even further.

26 Aug 2016

Brexit and its impact across many lenders

Brexit and its impact across many lenders

In a week since the result of the UK referendum, the write downs in London from overzealous mezzanine and similar lenders is already starting to show a significant impact on the property market.

01 Jul 2016

Brexit raises more questions than answers

Brexit raises more questions than answers

Despite everyone’s expert opinion in the run up to the big question we’re now left in a situation where even less is known and understood.

28 Jun 2016

Asset finance: why financing new business assets is on the rise

Asset finance: why financing new business assets is on the rise

Asset finance is a facility that is used by businesses to obtain the equipment they need in order to grow seamlessly, and it's evident that decisions to replace assets which are in need of replacement are increasingly being taken.

02 Jun 2016

When permitted development isn't permitted

When permitted development isn't permitted

In terms of providing much needed housing stock, I think it's fair to say that permitted development has been a reasonable success.

06 Apr 2016

Richard Kateley: The success of auto-enrolment provides the perfect platform for business protection sales

Richard Kateley: The success of auto-enrolment provides the perfect platform for business protection sales

Up until now, pension auto-enrolment focused on the UK's larger employers, usually those with over 250 employees.

02 Dec 2015

Kevin Flowerday: Our first year of Professional Lending

Kevin Flowerday: Our first year of Professional Lending

United Trust Bank's Professional Lending department celebrated its first full 12 months of trading recently and it's not just time-bound milestones we've passed.

02 Dec 2015

The rise of commercial finance and why having access to the right specialist knowledge is key

The rise of commercial finance and why having access to the right specialist knowledge is key

Commercial finance offers a wide range of benefits and covers a broad spectrum of lending including commercial and residential investment, owner-occupiers and asset and cash flow finance - so why does it still have a relatively low profile in today's lending market?

03 Nov 2015

Solving partnership tax headaches

Solving partnership tax headaches

July can, quite literally, be a taxing time for professional firms. In July, partners must pay the second and final portion of their income tax for the previous year and, like any large periodic obligation, it can put considerable pressure on the firm’s cash reserves.

16 Jul 2015

The future of bridging

The future of bridging

The bridging industry has evolved and grown significantly since the credit crunch, outstripping the mainstream mortgage market more than five times over since 2011.

23 Jun 2015

Are brokers getting the support they need from other stakeholders in the Short Term Lending sector?

Are brokers getting the support they need from other stakeholders in the Short Term Lending sector?

My response to that question is a resounding ‘YES’ and here’s why.

19 Jun 2015

Capital allowances – reap the rewards of tax relief

Capital allowances – reap the rewards of tax relief

Anybody owning a commercial property will probably be used to on-going expenditures - the upkeep of the building, adhering to health and safety regulations, paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), business rates, and of course, general running costs, to name a few.

09 Apr 2015

Why development finance isn't being invested in the right projects

Why development finance isn't being invested in the right projects

The UK commercial property market is currently undergoing a period of significant change. Changes in legislation have led to a shift in the size and quality of office accommodation on the market, and changes in the way businesses operate have led to unbalanced supply and demand in the industry.

19 Jan 2015

A decade of change in the buy-to-let market

A decade of change in the buy-to-let market

The buy-to-let market has seen a return to growth in the last 18 months as property investors have taken advantage of the soaring house prices and rising rents across the UK.

04 Dec 2014

Everybody wants a piece of the auction

Everybody wants a piece of the auction

[Special feature from Tomer Aboody, Director at MT Finance]

04 Dec 2014

Is there a difference between bridging finance and short term lending?

Is there a difference between bridging finance and short term lending?

[SPECIAL FEATURE: Keith Aldridge, Managing Director, Capital Bridging Finance Limited]

04 Dec 2014

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