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Creditworthiness is on a Journey, but it needs a Passport

Next week the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill 2017-19 gets its second reading. For the UK’s 11 million renters, this is a bill, which if passed, will level the playing field with mortgage payers. Read more

35 Year Mortgages – Can You Afford Not to Have One?

One in four first time buyers are taking out a mortgage that will last 35 years or more. Claire Miller, writing for the The Mirror, reports this week on a phenomenon, which could see borrowers in mortgage debt all their working lives and possibly well into their 70s. Read more

Castlight – Up for the Challenge

Earlier this month, our COO, Martin Leonard took part in an amazing fundraising event. He was part of a three man relay team that swam the 24 mile length of Loch Lomond to raise money for the Scottish charity John Maurice Aitken Trust, which provides support for those in financial hardship. Read more

Going on a Summer Holiday?

Taking a family of four on a summer holiday now costs an average of £1,212 according to new research quoted on the This is Money financial website. It’s a lot of money but we all, maybe subconsciously, appreciate that taking time out to spend with friends and family is important. Read more

Sub-Prime Lending: Lets Stop the Next Financial Tsunami

10 years ago the US sub-prime mortgage market hit the rocks and triggered a financial tsunami around the world. Many of us, I’m sure, will never forget the sight of panicked queues outside Northern Rock banks as the waves of destruction reached UK shores and began to lap at the doors of our High Street banks.

There were many reasons for the financial crisis – it was, in fact, a perfect storm. Read more

The Bank of Mum and Dad Ends Tomorrow

Last week, it was reported in the press that British parents will lend or give more than £6.5 billion this year to help their children buy their first home. This figure is up from £5 billion in 2016. And it seems that the phenomenon is here to stay. It already has its own acronym. BOMAD. The Bank of Mum and Dad. Read more

Security in a Safer Financial World

Former national rugby referee, past president of The Scottish Rugby Union and Bill Clinton look-alike (see our Meet the Team page) Ed Crozier is also a highly experienced director on the Castlight board. One of the things we particularly value about Ed’s contribution to our team is his expertise in governance and regulation and his commitment to ensuring that everything we do, we do with integrity and thoroughness. Read more

Credit Too Thin? Get to the Core of the Problem

I’ve talked about pizza before in one of my blogs but maybe I failed to mention that thin crust is best. And that the best thin crust I’ve found is at Paesano in Glasgow’s city centre.

In fact, thin is quite often seen to be a good thing. Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have built careers on it. Steve Jobs’s mission in life was to make his i-things thinner and thinner. And no self regarding espresso would ever want to share saucer space with a fat chocolate mint would it? Read more

It’s Time for the Banks to Play Catch Up

This month, Facebook launched Messenger Day, a feature that lets you post pictures and videos with a 24 hour shelf life. Snapchat may have got in there first with the broad concept, but Facebook has given it a twist by formatting the feature to encourage users to get together offline. A billion people worldwide use Messenger and Facebook has identified a way to deliver additional value to them. Read more

Tumbleweed Rolls through the Branches as Banks go Digital

Last week in this blog I flagged up Radio 4’s The Bottom Line’s interesting debate about the impact of fintech on the banking scene. If you had time to tune in, you will also have heard Anthony Jenkins, former CEO of Barclay’s Bank talk, in almost apocalyptic terms, about the accelerating fall in branch traffic. He quoted customer traffic as falling by 15% per annum and said: “If you walk into a branch in central London now, you can see the tumbleweeds rolling through the aisles.” Read more