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The BSA comments on the FCA 'Price discrimination in the cash savings market' paper

“The BSA welcomes the FCA’s discussion paper on Price discrimination in the cash savings market.

“The paper notes that building societies ‘tend to offer higher interest rates than banks already and many have relatively small back-books’. This is reinforced in recent independent Savings Champion data...

  • Date: 25 July 2018
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Building societies continue to dominate the battle for best savings rates

Independent research from Savings Champion revealed that building societies continue to outperform banks when it comes to savings.

  • Date: 17 July 2018
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Young people gloomy about home owning prospects

Seven in 10 (70%) of us say that the difficulties young people have getting onto the housing ladder is one of the biggest problems we have in Britain today.

  • Date: 26 June 2018
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Building societies perform well in first quarter of 2018

Released today, lending and savings figures from the BSA for Q1 2018 show that building societies were accountable for 43% of the growth in the mortgage market, and took 40% of cash savings deposits between January and March.

  • Date: 29 May 2018
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New Chair elected at Building Societies Association

Stephen Mitcham, Chief Executive of Cambridge Building Society has been elected as the new Chair of the Building Societies Association.  Stephen who has held the post of Deputy Chair since May 2017 takes over from Jonathan Westhoff, Chief Executive of the West Brom. 

  • Date: 24 May 2018
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Board agendas and new studies at the 2018 BSA Conference

In the opening speech of the two-day BSA Annual Conference in Manchester, BSA Chief Executive Robin Fieth outlined the seven themes which should be on every building society board agenda.

  • Date: 23 May 2018
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The BSA comments on FCA Mortgage Market Study

“It is positive to see the FCA recognise that there are high levels of customer engagement in the mortgage market and that the commercial relationships between lenders and mortgage brokers broadly work. Although the study focuses on increasing consumer choice early in the process there appears to be a lack of consistency in the approach from price comparison websites...

  • Date: 04 May 2018
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Housing market optimism in Scotland rises

The weak economic outlook and continued uncertainty about the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU are factors that are generally driving consumer sentiment about the housing market down right across Britain.  However people in Scotland have become a little more optimistic than they were a year ago. Propertry Tracker results.

  • Date: 29 March 2018
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People in the North West are the most optimistic in Britain about the housing market

The weak economic outlook and continued uncertainty about the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU are factors driving negative consumer sentiment about the housing market across the country.  However people in the North West are bucking the trend and are by far the most optimistic about their prospects in the housing market, if slightly less so than a year ago. Property Tracker results.

  • Date: 29 March 2018
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Londoners gloomiest in Britain about the housing market

The weak economic outlook and continued uncertainty about the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU are factors driving negative consumer sentiment about the housing market, and Londoners are feeling the most negative of all UK regions, although they are a little less pessimistic than they were a year ago. Property Tracker results.

  • Date: 29 March 2018
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Housing market sentiment negative for 4th consecutive quarter  

Property Tracker: The weak economic outlook and continued uncertainty about the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU are factors driving negative consumer sentiment about the housing market for a 4th consecutive quarter across Britain.  

  • Date: 29 March 2018
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New FinTech Envoys appointed

Robin Fieth, Chief Executive of the Building Societies Association comments on the appointment of the new FinTech Envoys announced by the Chancellor, Right Hon Philip Hammond MP in his speech at the International FinTech Conference today

  • Date: 22 March 2018
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