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Abbey reprices fixed rates

Abbey has repriced its two-year fixed rates from 5.49% through its intermediary arm. And its five-year fixed rates are now available from 6.14% through all channels.


Wave hello to the new Freedom

Eleven months after Freedom Lending was bought by US investment giant Merrill Lynch, the firm has unveiled its new name – Wave.The lender was given one year from the completion of the sale to Merrill on July 26 2006 to come up with a new name and brand. Since then, it has been tight-lipped about […]

Newcastle confirms adverse and B2L plans

Newcastle has confirmed that it looking at entering the light adverse and buy-to-let markets. The plan follow the appointment of Jon O’Brien as head of intermediary lending. O’Brien will be responsible for developing Newcastle’s plans to provide a product range for the intermediary market. Most recently, O’Brien worked for five and a half years as […]

FSA appoints retail director

The Financial Services Au-thority has appointed Sheila Nicoll, former deputy chief ex-ecutive of the Investment Management Association, as direc- tor of its retail firms division.Nicoll, who will take up the post in September, also previously worked as the head of international relations for the London Stock Exchange.In her new role, she will report to Clive […]

Should paying Stamp Duty be the responsibility of sellers or buyers?

EARLIER this month, Peter Hain, MP for Neath and a candidate for deputy Prime Minister, called for Stamp Duty to be the burden of sellers rather than buyers. Some pundits have backed his proposal as a way to help first-time buyers onto the property ladder. But what do members of the public think?

So, this week Mortgage Strategy asks…

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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

  • What to consider when segmenting your workforce
  • How to communicate to pension scheme members at the right time in their member lifecycle
  • What topics you should be discussing with your pension members
  • The new pension freedoms and the importance of communicating them


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