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Retirement plans remain unfulfilled

Half of all Brits plan to travel the world when they finish working, but research from Mutual Assurance shows few fulfil their aspirations.

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Local authorities empowered to take over empty homes

The government is introducing powers to allow local authorities to commandeer properties that have been empty for six months and turn them into social housing. The Empty Dwelling Management Order will come into force next month and allow local authorities to combat the lack of social housing by stepping into the shoes of the owners […]

Lenders, exit fees and excuses

It would be fun to see the reasons lenders give the FSA in response to its call for them to justify raising their exit fees, as there can’t be many good ones, says Drew Wotherspoon

NU survey reveals what customers spend lifetime mortgage on

Home improvements and holidays are the most popular choices when spending a lifetime mortgage, Norwich Union research has revealed. News cars and top-up incomes alse feature highly in the list. The breakdown of what Norwich Union customers use their lifetime mortgage money for is as follows. Home improvements 77% Go on holiday 34% Top up […]

Fewer surprises in reviewable deals

As an adviser, are you wary of recommending a reviewable critical illness cover product to your client because you are worried about rates being increased for any old reason the insurer decides?

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