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FCA to curtail investment platform exit fees

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial markets regulator on Thursday proposed a package of measures aimed at improving competition in the investment platforms market, including restricting the use of exit fees. It follows initial recommendations set out last July to help Read more ›

BoE most likely to cut rates in a no-deal Brexit – Tenreyro

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England is more likely to cut interest rates than raise them in the event of a no-deal Brexit, rate-setter Silvana Tenreyro said, the latest BoE official to back the idea of coming to the Read more ›

UK borrowers, defying Brexit nerves, regain appetite for credit

LONDON – British households took out more mortgages and increased their borrowing in January, adding to signs that consumers are less worried about Brexit than many businesses, Bank of England data showed. FILE PHOTO: A Union Jack themed Visa credit Read more ›

No-deal Brexit would take a chip off UK home values – Reuters poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s over-valued housing market will undergo a modest correction if the country leaves the European Union at the end of next month without a deal, a Reuters poll found, with London being affected to a greater degree. Read more ›

Bank of England’s Vlieghe scales back rate hike view

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England can probably raise interest rates only around once a year, given the weakening of the economy in Britain and around the world, and even that slow pace might be too much, a top Read more ›

EDF Energy becomes second UK supplier to announce 10 percent price rise

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Electricite de France SA (EDF) is pictured on the facade of a building in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – EDF Energy will raise its Read more ›

UK house prices stagnate ahead of Brexit – Nationwide

FILE PHOTO: Estate agent’s signs hang from houses in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham, Britain September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices rose by just 0.1 percent in annual terms in January, their weakest increase Read more ›

UK consumer morale stuck at lowest since 2013 as Brexit nears

LONDON (Reuters) – British consumers remained their gloomiest in five-and-a-half years this month as a small improvement in their personal finances offset growing concern about the outlook for the next 12 months, when Britain is due to leave the European Read more ›

UK mortgage lending slows in December – UK Finance

FILE PHOTO – Property sale signs are seen outside of a group of newly built houses in west London, Britain, November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – British banks approved fewer mortgages last month than in November and Read more ›

Gloom shrouds UK housing market outlook as Brexit nears

LONDON (Reuters) – The outlook for Britain’s housing market is darkening fast ahead of Brexit, with sales expectations falling to their lowest level in at least 20 years by one measure, surveys showed on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Property sale signs Read more ›