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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

FSA To Warn on Sub Prime Market

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) will this week issue a warning about the UK's subprime mortgage market, which lends to people with poor credit records.

The FSA will criticise both lenders and brokers, when it publishes the results of its investigation into the mortgage market.

The FSA has reportedly found poor record-keeping at some brokers, showing that they are unable to demonstrate that they sold customers mortgages that were suitable for them (echoes of the endowment mortgage scandal, don't these people ever learn?).

The FSA's report comes amid the continuing collapse in the US subprime market, partly due to a sharp rise in borrowing costs in the past three years.

Another nail in the coffin of the tarnished reputation of the UK's financial services industry.

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