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FINANCIAL MARKET INTELLIGENCE

The financial markets influence decisions taken by borrowers and investors alike. We follow the stories that affect financial market data and put them in a news feed of market intelligence below.


Lenders introduce raft of new borrowing restrictions    August 2020

The Times’ Kate Palmer reports on fresh hurdles for first-time buyers as lenders attempt to limit the number of risky borrowers on their books. Banks and building societies are declining mortgages to those with deposits gifted by family members, buyers with small deposits and those who have been furloughed or work in sectors at high risk of job cuts, for example. UK Finance says lenders fear the ability of borrowers to keep up repayments in the future and are factoring in a sharp fall in house prices next year. Palmer says landlords are also facing restrictions, with banks favouring properties with high efficiency ratings and limiting lending to portfolio landlords.
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Watchdog calls for end of mortgage payment holidays    August 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has suggested that homeowners struggling with mortgage repayments should not be offered payment holidays, saying that that further breaks are “unlikely to be the appropriate solution” for borrowers. While lenders have been offering three month repayment breaks on mortgages, credit cards and personal loans amid the coronavirus crisis, the FCA says new measures may be more appropriate, such as extending the term of the loan or allowing borrowers to resume payments at a lower level than they were before the crisis. Analysis shows that while one in every five mortgages in Britain went unpaid at the peak of the crisis, far fewer borrowers applied for a second three-month pause on payments.
The Daily Telegraph