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“It's your birthday, we gon' party, like it's yo birthday, we gon' sip Bacardi”. It is with the fine poetry of 50 ‘Fiddy’ Cent with which I introduce this week’s edition of MI.

Yes, it’s birthday time. And although I feel I have aged considerably after a weekend in the Emerald Isle at the inaugural Father Ted Festival, the focus of these celebrations is not actually me.

This celebration, my good friends of the mortgage world, is to commemorate the 200th edition of Mortgage Introducer. Yes, I know it is hard to believe given the fact that the team is made up of such freshfaced, youthful individuals – especially now that Philipson has gone - but it is indeed true. MI has been bringing you the hot news and industry topics for 200 issues.

Admittedly, I wasn’t here in the early days when MI was a young monthly magazine, establishing its position in the mortgage industry, but I am proud to be part of the magazine today.

Looking back over some of the earlier editions, it is clear to see how the magazine has continued to grow and develop, while consistently remaining on top of all the burning issues facing intermediaries over the years.

During that time the magazine has been under the leadership of a number of editors, reporters and has undergone a series of redesigns. Everyone involved has introduced new ideas and has helped to establish MI as the leading brand it is.

As MI has continued to flourish over the years, its position as leading title in the mortgage industry has grown even stronger. In the age of technological boom, MI ensures readers are kept up to date with daily email alerts and our website, www.mortgageintroducer.com, enables readers to as well as offer the chance for instigating discussion.

At MI, we always welcome feedback and encourage involvement from our readers, so please get in touch with any issues you feel need addressing. This anniversary marks the beginning of another era for MI, and myself, Grant, David, Kay and Mary look forward to working with all our readers in the future.

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