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JC launches offset

John Charcol has launched a three-year tracker offset at base rate plus 0.19% and an APR of 5.6%.

Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol, says: “The concept of offsetting is brilliant but until now they have always come at too high a price to be good value for most borrowers. This mortgage changes that with a rate only marginally higher than the best rate on a non-offset three-year tracker.”

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.

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