FED keeps loans interests rate unchanged

There was no surprise from this week’s FED meeting, as Janet Yellen announced there would be no loans interest rate hike in September.

There was no surprise from this week's FED meeting, as Janet Yellen announced there would be no loans interest rate hike in September.

The interest rate has not moved since last December’s decision to move interest rates from 0.25% to 0.5%. Another rate hike in December 2016 is now looking a shoe in.

It seems that unless global economic sentiment deteriorates in the next few months, December is seen as a good time to move again. As key data solidified in recent months, the Fed now want to see ‘economic progress’. Employment and inflation will be scrutinised until the end of the year, and the Fed members seem more aggressive as three voted to move rates, where as in July there was just the one.

UK’s public sector net borrowing falls

The UK’s Public Sector Net Borrowing fell in August, as the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics were released. The Public borrowing figure has dropped to £10.5 billion from July, down £0.9 billion from a year earlier, but the numbers had been expected to fall an additional £500 million. UK Borrowing in the present economic year to date has touched £33.8 billion, which is £4.9 billion lower than the previous year.

The ONS did say that ‘there was no clear sign of Brexit voting affecting the figures’. They also added that ‘receipts from income and corporation taxes rose strongly compared with a year ago, but VAT receipts rose at their slowest annual pace since March 2015′.

Also out was positive car production news in the UK, as car production touched a 14 year high in August. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), just over 109 K vehicles were released from manufacturers hands, up 9.1% year on year.

Attention shifts to Sterling

Following a bit of an anti-climax after no policy changes from the FED on Wednesday we only saw a narrow trading range of about 100 points on the GBPUSD pairing yesterday. We surprisingly saw an even narrower trading range on GBPEUR yesterday considering we had the President of the ECB, Mario Draghi speaking at 2 pm. Further to this, he gave a speech at the first annual conference of the ESRB (European Systemic Risk Board) where he discussed overbanking in Europe and macro-prudential policy. We didn’t see too much market movement during this speech as it was mainly focussing on the broader picture of the over European banking system.

Attention focuses on Eurozone and US PMI

With not much news to drive the market today, the attention will be focussed on Eurozone and US PMI. So far, both have shown resilience in the face of the UK’s vote to leave the EU although analysts will be watching for hints of pre-election nerves within the US economy.

Bank of England leaves interest rates on hold

Wise Money is pleased with loans interest rates news from Bank of England.

Wise Money is pleased with loans interest rates news from Bank of England.

The Bank of England rate decision meeting didn’t provide any fireworks last week, as UK policymakers voted 9-0 in favour to keep interest rates unchanged. Despite signalling further rate cuts in the future, the decision didn’t come as a surprise considering the amount of stimulus they introduced last month.

The central bank is monitoring recent data closely, and they are encouraged to see that the stimulus package seems to be working, as recent data has been fairly positive and at times even better than market expectations.

It appears that investors are still not worried about the implication of the Brexit, at least until they find out what it really means. For this they will have to wait until article 50 is invoked early next year.

Busy money market data releases

It has been a very busy 24 hours in terms of economic releases. In the US, data came in softer, led in particular by a disappointing retail sales number. Headline sales were down -0.3% last month, the first decline in 5 months. Excluding autos and gas, spending fell -0.1%. Industrial production also declined in August, printing -0.4% against a market expectation of -0.2%.

It wasn’t all bad news though, as manufacturing activity encouragingly bounced back in the New York and Philadelphia regions, but it is not enough to convince investors that the FED will have enough reasons to lift interest rates next week.

Data in Europe will be quiet with final Q2 wages numbers due out in France. In the US, investors will closely look at August CPI report with market expectations of an increase of +0.1% month on month. Those numbers also match the views of our US economists. As always in the US, the University of Michigan consumer sentiment is scheduled for release.

Pound rallies on UK Manufacturing Data

Yesterday we saw a surprise jump in UK’s manufacturing data in April to 2.3% from a paltry 0.1% in March.

Yesterday we saw a surprise jump in UK's manufacturing data in April to 2.3% from a paltry 0.1% in March.

The positive number in an area that has struggled, led to a move higher for the Pound. In addition, the NIESR GDP estimate also came out stronger, which suggests that UK growth could be stronger than thought.

The Pound will continue to be driven by the perceived outcome of the referendum in the short term, and tonight we have a two hour ITV debate (8-10pm) involving politicians from both camps.

Initial jobless claims to come

Today ECB President Mario Draghi will be speaking, and the market will be looking for any new signals or comments following last week’s meeting. In addition, we have US data with initial jobless claims later on. This data is normally benign, but given the weak non-farm payroll number on Friday it will be eyed closely. If jobless claims are rising, it could suggest that labour market growth is turning sour.

Royal Bank New Zealand rates unchanged

Overnight the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) left rates unchanged at 2.25%. There was some expectation that a 25 basis points cut could be on the cards. It is still likely that we will see a rate cut in the near future as the RBNZ maintain an easing bias. The NZD has strengthened on the avoidance of a rate cut.

Second charge secured loans by Wise Money

The improving economic climate and general house price increases have led to an increase in of second charge secured loans following their virtual disappearance after the financial crisis of 2008.

The changing face of second charge secured loans

The changing face of second charge secured loans

Traditionally, second charge secured loans were seen as a last chance saloon product.  Rates were much higher than mortgages and redemption penalties were fairly hefty.  But as rates started to drop off in 2006, the pandemic of self-certification of income led in part to the financial crisis of 2008 and a £6 billion a year secured loans industry quickly became a £150 million industry, a trickle of its former self.

Today however, the market is once again robust with packagers and lenders are back in full swing, albeit at a much more sensible £1 billion a year. Interest rates (starting at 4.55%) are much lower than ever, redemption penalties are extremely low and coupled with no set-up fees for the vast majority of secured loans, they are a very attractive solution in a variety of circumstances.

Second charge secured loans can be used for any legal purpose but are mainly used for:

  • home improvements
  • consolidation of credit cards, store cards and unsecured loans
  • purchasing vehicles
  • paying for a wedding/honeymoon
  • injecting cash into businesses
  • paying for school fees
  • paying tax bills
  • cosmetic surgery

How do second charge secured loans work?

As the name suggests, a second charge secured loans works very much in the same way as a first charge mortgage in that it is a sum of money lent out, secured against UK residential or investment property via a second charge behind the first charge registered by the main mortgage lender.

How much can be borrowed?

For a loan secured on a residential property, the minimum loan size for a second charge secured loans is just £5,000 and we arrange loans all the way up to £2.5 million.

For buy to let properties, we can arrange loans up to £500,000 but should the requirement be there, we would be able to refer the loan amount if more than this was required.

How long can a loan be taken out for?

Typically a loan is lent out between 3 and 25 years.  There are some lenders who offer 30 year terms.

The term of a loan is dependent on several factors, depending on the purpose of the loan.

The second charge secured loans process

Although not set in stone, the process with most packagers is fairly simple:

You provide your basic enquiry details (loan amount, purpose, term and contact) by telephone, email or sourcing system.

Once the client is happy with the deal, a mutually convenient time is agreed upon for a document courier to collect signatures and evidences.

Following receipt of client’s signed documents and evidences at the packager’s office, references and valuations are organised.  Case is re-checked for compliance.

With references and valuation received, the case is packaged and once a final compliance check is completed, case is sent to lender for final packaging and offer.

Once the offer has been made, it is sent out to the client by post and/or email to you.  You then have a 7 day reflection period in which to think about and return the signed offer and in doing so accepting the terms therein.

Interested? Then please call Keely McKay Wise Money’s Second Charge Secured Loans Advisor on 02921 670418 for a free, confidential, no obligation chat. NOW.

Bridging finance- great interest rates available

Wise Money is pleased to be offering competitive bridging finance at only 0.6% interest rates per month.

Wise Money is pleased to be offering competitive bridging finance at only 0.6% interest rates per month

Wise Money is part of a select group who have access to a Bridge that offers a monthly rate of 0.60%. There is a substantial but limited “test the water” fund, on a first come first served basis. You will also note that the lending criteria is quite a bit “tighter” than you would usually expect but this is driven by the lower rate.

Bridging Finance Product information

Maximum Loan to Vlaue: 50%
Minimum Loan Size: £100,000
Maximum Loan Size: £3,000,000
Length of the Term: 12 months maximum
Minimum property value: £200,000 per property
Interest Rate: 0.60% per calendar month
Administration fee: £350

Bridging Finance Underwriting Criteria

No works to be done to the property with our money (can use your own)
No off shore companies
No first time landlords
Purchases or refinances
No adverse credit in the last 3 years
You must have net assets of £500,000 (excluding marital home)
You must earn minimum of £30,000 (provable for employed via 2 x payslips and bank statements showing credits. If you are self employed SA302 or 3 x bank statements showing income being received)
3 months bank statements on all cases

Once again there are limited funds for this product so cases will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any bridging finance enquiries, please call our team for a free, confidential and no obligation discussion on 0800 0147798 asking for the Wise Money. Com Service NOW!

Buy To Let BTL finance difficult or complex situations

Buy To Let (BTL) finance for people in difficult or complex situations

Buy To Let (BTL) finance for people in difficult or complex situationsWhen the high street says no, it doesn’t mean the case can’t be placed. Wise Money specialises in difficult and complex BTLs and can place the following unusual application types:

  • Ex-patriots
  • Complex corporate structures, Ltd’s, LLP’s, partnerships, trusts and SIPPs
  • First-time landlords
  • Adverse can be considered
  • HMO’s, light refurb properties, holiday-lets, multi-lets, commercial, etc.

We have many products to suit:

  • Up to 85%
  • Rates from 2.89%
  • Interest only products
  • England, Scotland & Wales

If you have any BTL, Commercial or bridging enquiries, please call our team on 0800 0147798 asking for the Wise Money Service
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Buy To Let Mortgages for the retired

Buy To Let (BTL) mortgages for the retired and retirees.

Buy To Let (BTL) mortgages for the retired and retirees.

If you would like to purchase BTL properties but are struggling to find finance, Wise Money has access to products for applicants up to the age of 80 with a maximum term of up to 30 years (this includes Homes of Multiple Occupancy and Limited Companies).

Applicants to age 80
Rates start from 3.29%
Up to 80% LTV
No minimum income up to £1 million loan
Interest-only option available

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New car sales greater than expected

The new car sales figures surprised with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders announcing a huge number of cars had been sold in March- the highest numbers since 1999.

The new car sales figures surprisedwith the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders announcing a huge number of cars had been sold in March- the highest numbers since 1999

Although March is notorious for its strong numbers, the amount which were sold had surprised some. The sector’s improvement is welcoming for the UK economy as GBP took a further nose dive yesterday against its major currency pairings as the EU Referendum inches closer.

It looks as if the voting will be fairly tight, with there now being a real possibility of a ‘Brexit’ causing uncertainty with investors and taking some of the back bone away from the pound recently.

Uncertain economic outlook

Last night the FOMC Minutes for March suggested a mixed review with regards to another possible rate hike in April. With global economic uncertainty but better domestic data, the 12 members didn’t see eye to eye which could suggest a rate hike at the end of Q1 is unlikely.

Car and vehicle finance

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Business finance to help your business take off

Looking to expand your business? Need some working capital? Buying some machinery, equipment or vehicles?

Looking to expand your business? Need some working capital? Buying some machinery, equipment or vehicles?Wise Money are pleased to announce we have access to an innovative provider of business loans from £5,000 to £1 million. They provide a quick and simple service, with a decision typically made in a couple of days and funds transferred soon after.

Loans can be used for almost all business purposes: unsecured loans from £5,000 – £250,000, secured loans from £100,000 – £1million, asset finance and property finance (up to £3million).

✔ Interest rates from 6% (average annual interest rate of 9.4%*)

✔ Fixed rate, monthly repayment loans from 6 months to 5 years

✔ No application fees – only pay on acceptance

✔ No early repayment charges, settle any time

✔ No business plans or forecasts required

What can you use this loan for?

  • Working capital
  • Asset purchase
  • Liability payments
  • Expansion and growth
  • Most purposes

Does your company have two years of trading history?

Is your business stable and creditworthy?
Do you have a UK resident Director?
If YES to the above, apply for a loan today!

Business must be able to afford the loan and will be assessed for approval at time of application.

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Central Banks keep interest rates on hold as global risks mount

US stock markets have rallied after a pickup in commodity prices as the US Dollar lost ground after the statement by the Federal Reserve.

US stock markets have rallied after a pickup in commodity prices as the US Dollar lost ground after the statement by the Federal Reserve. The Fed has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged even though the US economy is growing steadily but the Central Bank is being very cautious due to the threat and potential risks of global economic and financial turmoil.

GDP forecasts were also lowered by the Fed and markets are now expecting just 1 more rate hike later in 2016, much lower than the 4 hikes forecast earlier by the Fed.

With the Central Bank being so dovish, the Greenback lost ground against most of its counterparts though continues to find strength against the Japanese Yen.

Speeches by FOMC members Dudley, Rosengren and Bullard later today should provide further direction for the dollar, coupled with consumer sentiment data out from Michigan.

The euro has made a slight comeback after falling considerably last week after Mario Draghi’s speech boosting further quantitative easing for the Eurozone. However, a dovish Fed strengthened the euro.

Sterling strengthens across the board

Sterling has also strengthened across the board despite the Bank of England holding interest rates which was widely anticipated.

Most of the gains made were based on forecasts of slight gradual rises in inflation and growth and a dovish Federal Reserve.

Also, the Budget for 2016 was released on Wednesday and the market found a bit of cheer as GBPUSD touched its highest level for a month.

With no economic data out from the UK, markets will look towards events elsewhere for short term direction.