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The FTSE 250 hits record highs! Here’s why this UK share is soaring

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Tuesday has proved to be a landmark day in the life of the FTSE 250. Investor demand for market shares has picked up thanks in part to forecast-beating economic data from Japan and the eurozone this morning. As a consequence, Britain’s second-tier index struck fresh record peaks a shade below 23,000 points in morning trading.The FTSE 250 has since settled lower and was last only fractionally higher on the day (around 22,920 points). But the Paragon Banking Group (LSE: PAG) share price is having no such problems holding onto meaty gains.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A bubbly trading statement helped Paragon’s share price also strike new highs of 575p per share in afternoon trade. It has retraced a bit, but at 567p per share the bank remains 11% higher than at Monday’s close. The buy-to-let lender has now risen 54% in value over the past year.FTSE 250 firm enjoys record half-year profitsParagon Banking Group announced that underlying profit came in at £82.9m during the six months to March. This represented a half-year record and was up 44.9% year-on-year. Net interest margins — the difference between what banks offer to borrowers and savers — rose to 2.32% from 2.29% a year earlier.A sharp fall in bad loans from the same period a year earlier also helped the bottom line beat forecasts. Impairments clocked in at £6m during the first half versus £30m in the same period in financial 2020.New lending at the FTSE 250 firm was up 45.1% in the first half versus the previous six months. Paragon Bank said that new loans were also just below pre-coronavirus levels in the latest half-year period. Buy-to-let advances were down 5% from a year earlier, though these were up 58% from the previous six months.“The strong performance in the first half of the year reflects the resilience of the business model both financially and operationally as the economy recovers from the Covid pandemic”, Paragon said. It added that its markets “have seen healthy quarter-on-quarter improvements in activity [and that its business] has been building momentum”.A mixed outlook?So what do brokers think UK share pickers should expect in the coming months? Commenting on today’s results, managing director Rob Murphy of Edison Group says, “Investors will be pleased to see the beginnings of recovery in the group’s key buy-to-let mortgage business”. He notes that “performance strengthened” at Paragon Banking Group in the first half and that total loans rose 4.7% from a year earlier to £10.9bn. This reflected “a more positive outlook for the wider property market”, he says.However, Murphy has sounded a note of caution concerning the firm’s commercial lending division. He says that “Similar levels of recovery are yet to be seen” here and that Paragon saw lending fall in the motor, SME, and structured lending sectors on a year-on-year basis. He adds that “The looming prospect of the closure of government support schemes means that many uncertainties remain”. 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Two consultations launched on high prize machines and online credit card use

first_img Submit Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings March 12, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC gambling statistics highlight retail declines May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share The Gambling Commission is inviting members of the public, gambling businesses and other stakeholders to provide their views on two key issues as part of its work to prevent gambling-related harms. The Commission is requesting views and data on the issue of gambling online with credit cards and, separately, on improving player control measures on all Category B gaming machines, the high prize machines with a typical top prize of £500.Paul Hope, executive director at the Gambling Commission, said: “We are exploring measures that could help reduce the risk of harm to consumers who use their credit cards to gamble online, and to those who play on all Category B machines. We want consumers, gambling firms and other interested parties to have their say and provide evidence that will help us make gambling safer.”Last year the Commission backed the principle that consumers should not gamble with money they do not have – gambling with borrowed money is already well-established as a risk factor for harmful gambling. Now it is seeking meaningful input to help determine if restrictions, potentially including an outright ban, are necessary to limit risks to consumers.The other call for evidence gives an opportunity for gambling businesses to outline how they will meet the challenges set out in the Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures over the protections for players using Category B gaming machines.In April, the maximum stake on Category B2 gaming machines (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) will be reduced from £100 to £2. Category B1 machines in casinos and Category B3 machines, sited in arcades, bingo halls and betting shops, offer maximum stakes of £5 and £2 respectively, but at up to eight times the speed of play of B2 games.Data indicate that the risks associated with Category B1 and B3 machines are broadly similar to the risks with B2 machines at a £100 maximum stake – the reason why the Commission said last year in its advice to Government that it wanted to explore player protection options further. Those options include tracking play, using time and monetary limits and alerts, and communicating messages about gambling safely. The Commission also said it wants to hear about industry efforts to evaluate harm prevention measures.Both calls for evidence will be available on the Gambling Commission’s website from 10am.Payments and the future of retail betting are just two of the topics that will be address at next month’s Betting on Football conference. Find out more here.last_img read more

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