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Rising inflation to impact 9 in 10 UK landlords

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 18 March 2022

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With some experts forecasting inflation to rise above 8% and stay there for most of 2022, more than 4 in 5 landlords (83%) are ‘concerned or very concerned’ that rising inflation will negatively impact their ability to continue to invest profitably in UK rental property. The survey found that concern about the impact of rising inflation on landlords' portfolio investments is prompting measures to mitigate rising costs, but it won’t drive a wholesale change in investment behaviour.

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Bank of England increases interest rates to 0.75%

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 17 March 2022

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The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has voted 8-1 to increase Bank Rate from 0.5% to 0.75%, the third consecutive increase. Six weeks ago, the MPC voted 5-4 to increase Bank Rate from 0.25% to 0.5% and four members voted to increase rates by a larger 0.5 percentage points, to 0.75%.

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MPC member 'prompt tightening' of interest rates

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 4 March 2022

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Michael Saunders, member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, believes that "prompt tightening" of Bank Rate could help limit the total scale of tightening that will be needed to return inflation to target. Saunders voted for a larger 50bp increase in interest rates at the MPC's February meeting, but stressed that "does not necessarily imply that I will vote for 50bp steps in the event that rates have to rise further". However, during a speech at the University of East Anglia, he said that "risks are on the side of stronger and more persistent inflation pressures than implied by the February MPR forecast".

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Home insurance premiums jump 9.1% following new FCA pricing rules

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 1 March 2022

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New FCA rules that came into force in January 2022 to tackle the practice of 'price walking' have instigated the biggest monthly jump in home and motor insurance premiums in over eight years. The data provides an aggregated view of average insurance premium movements across the big four price comparison websites and key direct insurers.

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Bank of England moves to withdraw mortgage affordability test

Posted by MMB Finance Swindon and Gloucester on 1 March 2022

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In 2014 the FPC introduced two recommendations to guard against a loosening in mortgage underwriting standards and a material increase in household indebtedness. The recommendations introduced were the LTI ‘flow limit’, which limits the number of mortgages that can be extended at loan to income ratios at or greater than 4.5, and the ‘affordability test’, which specifies a stress interest rate for lenders when assessing prospective borrowers’ ability to repay a mortgage.

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