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Great time to sell endowments

There has never been a better time to sell an endowment, figures from the Association of Policy Market Makers reveal. Brian Goldstein, chairman of the APMM, says high demand for traded endowment policies mean consumers could realise top prices.


The Mortgage Mole

Plane DitzyMortgage Strategy reporter Nicolette was left in a flustered state after having her shoes stolen on the plane to Edinburgh for the MoneyQuest awards. Self-confessed shoe addict Nicolette was distraught after finding that sticky-fingered airline staff had stolen her shoes, but even more panic-stricken when she realised she would have to be wearing her […]

Primrose to integrate in real time with lenders

Primrose has confirmed that it is finalising plans to offer full real-time integration with four lenders and provide brokers with point-of-sale binding decisions via its evaluate technology. Kevin Friend, national accounts director at Primrose, says it is working with GMAC-RFC, Advantage, Kensington Mortgages and Platform to integrate with their systems in time for its launch […]

SWB reveals record profits

Scottish Widows Bank saw a record financial performance in the first half of 2006. Profit before tax was 13.5m compared with 10.7m for the same period last year.

Intelligent Finance changes rates

Following the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee to increase the base rate by 0.25%, Intelligent Finance is increasing its offset mortgage rate.IFs SVR will move from 5.70% to 6.05% APR (variable), a movethe lender says will ensure that the bank remains a top four player in terms of competitive SVRs available.Mark Parker, managing director […]

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What price (more) freedoms?

George Osborne will make his last Budget speech of the current parliamentary term this week, and the early media briefings suggest that pensions will again feature heavily in that statement. So what are we able to learn from the weekend’s coverage?


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