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Lenders see stable mortgage demand after second-quarter pick-up – BoE

FILE PHOTO: Hot air balloons fly over Canary Wharf during the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, in London, Britain June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Lenders in Britain said demand for mortgages rose significantly in the Read more ›

‘Why not just tell them?’ Let’s be clear on rates – BoE’s Vlieghe

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England should follow the lead of other central banks and say explicitly what it thinks it will do to interest rates in order to make itself more transparent, according to one of the British Read more ›

UK house prices pick up a bit more speed: Halifax

FILE PHOTO – A residential street is seen in Notting Hill in central London October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices rose at the fastest annual rate since early 2017 in the three months to the Read more ›

Brexit delay gives some relief to UK housing market – RICS

FILE PHOTO: A Union flag hangs across a street of houses in London, Britain June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Brexit-battered housing market steadied in May and a measure of prices improved as the delay in the Read more ›

UK watchdog shakes up ‘dysfunctional’ bank overdraft market

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s banks and building societies will have to charge the same amount for all overdrafts from April 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Friday, in a radical change that will raise questions about the future Read more ›

Britons tighten belts as lending growth nears five-year low – Bank of England

FILE PHOTO: A pedestrian shelters under a Union Flag umbrella in front of the Bank of England, in London, Britain August 16, 2018. REUTERS/ Hannah McKay/File Photo LONDON, Reuters – Lending to British consumers grew in April at the weakest Read more ›

Banks in Britain face fines over arbitrary fraud compensation – regulator

LONDON (Reuters) – Banks in Britain could face fines if they make selective and arbitrary decisions about compensating customers who have fallen victim to fraud, the Financial Conduct Authority’s head of enforcement said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The Canary Wharf Read more ›

MPs square up to regulator over duty of care for banks

LONDON (Reuters) – A legal duty for banks to act in the best interests of their customers may be needed, British lawmakers said on Monday, piling pressure on regulators to step up protection of consumers after a string of mis-selling Read more ›

Bank of England’s Carney tells investors they are too relaxed on rates

LONDON (Reuters) – Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday investors were underestimating how much interest rates could rise, even as the British central bank kept borrowing costs on hold due to Brexit uncertainty. Sounding more hawkish than Read more ›

Bank of England to keep rates steady, despite Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England looks set to leave interest rates on hold on Thursday and keep its options open for later in the year when it announces its first policy decision since the postponement of Britain’s departure Read more ›