Angela Faherty

Securing completions

How difficult should it be to find a firm to install some fencing? Compared with buying and selling houses, it should be a breeze, shouldn’t…

Back to quotas?

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did. The news that Bear Stearns had hit the wall and was sold for little…

Significant improvements

Payment protection insurance (PPI) – and secured loans for that matter – have often been seen as the poor relations of the general insurance and…

Feeling the pinch

The cost of living in the UK is increasing. Although the rate of inflation is still low, the prices of some groceries are going up…

No HIP replacement

Eddie answers: Don’t panic. It’s good news that you’ve recognised the merits of adding HIPs to the range of services you offer. If your client…

Making the grade

As of 6 April 2008, advisers who want to be considered ‘whole of market’ will need to have passed both the lifetime mortgage exams and…

Question everything

A childhood poem serves me well even today: ‘A wise old owl stood on an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The…

What’s in a number?

‘Popular’ consultation and discussion papers from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) (in the eyes of a policy analyst at least) tend to develop ‘popular’ titles…

Building for the future?

The last decade has seen one of the most sustained periods of house price growth in our history. The fact that this boom has coincided…

Batman returns

It seems a lifetime ago that television smash hit Batman graced our screens. Lifting phrases such as ‘Kapow!’ directly from the comic strip, and adding…