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David Elms loses his battle with cancer

Former IFA Promotion chief executive David Elms has passed away after a battle with cancer. Elms stepped down last October.


Halifax’s latest fixed product will not be attractive to FTBs

I was interested to read last week that Openwork is offering an exclusive two-year fixed rate product from Halifax with a 90% LTV at 6.49%, aimed at home movers and first-time buyers (Mortage Strategy Online). Unless big lenders return to sensible lending aimed at first-time buyers, they will not be interested in returning to the […]


L&C scoops gong for best adviser firm

London & Country has been voted best mortgage adviser firm in’s Media IFA Of The Year Awards. David Hollingworth, mortgage adviser at L&C, also scooped the award for best mortgage adviser. Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol, and James Carter, principal of Independent James, won the runners-up accolades. Karen Barrett, chief executive […]

Firms should use their resources to keep the RDR out

It was revealed last week that Bankhall has launched a service for IFAs looking to leave the industry that will match up firms wanting to sell their business with those that are looking to buy (Mortgage Strategy Online). But wouldn’t it be more helpful for organisations such as Bankhall to put their resources into fighting […]

Trusts: Easier than you think?

Protection providers often extol the benefits of placing plans in trust. The advantages for clients are widely recognised and numerous – inheritance tax mitigation, avoiding probate delay, controlling claim proceeds, and so the long, familiar list continues. Yet, dismissed as unnecessary form-filling, or simply viewed as irrelevant in the context of a mortgage sale, less […]


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