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Recession will have lasted three years longer than any other in the past 100 years

An offset mortgage can save you money on your interest payments, and potentially reduce your term, but it will end up costing you more

Savvy Money: Is offset a good bet for your home loan and savings?

Check out how linking your mortgage to your cash could save you from the taxman's clutches

Money Insider: Are mortgage rates close to bottoming out? Get a fix... but check the cost

There's no let-up in the quest for new mortgage business, with lenders scrapping harder than ever for best buy recognition since the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) came into play.

Homebuyers pile into purchase scheme

About 4,000 buyers have seized on the Government's Help To Buy initiative, introduced in the last Budget, to snap up new homes in the past two months alone, the Home Builders Federation said yesterday.

Prices rose by 2.6 per cent year-on-year to £166,898 on average

House prices have grown fastest in years, says Halifax

2.6% year-on-year growth to average £166,898 marks biggest annual uplift since September 2010

James Moore: Retail figures swing not good news for everyone

Outlook Life will today get a little easier for the Bank of England's incoming Governor, Mark Carney. The British Retail Consortium will release figures showing that shop price inflation morphed into shop price deflation during May.

More support promised for women who apply for mortgages

New report finds no evidence for discrimination but admits women may have been put off for applying for a mortgage or business loan

Problem debt among older people is leading to huge jump in marriage breakdowns

Older people are facing serious debt problems which are leading to twice as many marriages breaking down, new research published today reveals.

At last, some good news: UK mortgage market is on the up again

The mortgage market's moving again, rates are at an all-time low, lenders are flush with government cash, and – at last – they're keen to hand it over

Mortgage wars bring bonanza of low rates for homebuyers

The Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme has seen interest rates plummet. Julian Knight reports

New Bank of England figures show £3bn slide in lending to small businesses

Bank of England offers banks incentives, but gloomy outlook keeps demand flat

Mortgage lending by mutuals on the up

Meanwhile latest Bank of England figures show remortgage approvals continue to grow

US government's spending cuts curb growth

The US economy did not expand as fast as initially thought in the first three months of the year, a new report showed yesterday, as Washington-mandated belt-tightening hit government spending.

Homehunters in Wales are the keenest in Britain to become homeowners

First-time buyer activity also strong in Scotland and London

Lenders are lowering the maximum age you can be at the end of a mortgage

Age barrier puts block on older borrowers

Your date of birth could stop you getting a loan from some banks and building societies, despite your ability to pay it back, says Chiara Cavaglieri

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'You're in their pockets': High Court row over valuation in General Electric planes deal with Lebedev-controlled Blue Wings airline

One of the world’s biggest aircraft valuers was accused in the High Court of being in the pockets of General Electric’s vast GECAS commercial aeroplane leasing division.

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