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Lighthouse launches panel

National IFA the Lighthouse Group is launching a panel of lenders including high street names such as Abbey, Halifax, Nationwide and Northern Rock, while maintaining a link with the Scottish Provident Mortgage Alliance.

Lighthouse has also appointed two packagers to provide services and exclusive products to members.


Portman to close four branches

Portman is to close four of its branches.A statement from the society reads: “Every year Portman undertakes a thorough analysis of performance branch by branch and studies the trends carefully.“The society identifies potential locations for branches, branches which are in need of investment or relocation and those whose performance is starting to go backwards. Portman […]

Two million homes cross 275,000 IHT threshold

The number of properties in the UK valued at more than the 275,000 Inheritance Tax threshold now stands at a whopping 2.1 million or 12% of all owner-occupied properties. Research out from Halifax shows that there has been an almost three-fold increase in the number of properties above the threshold in the past five years […]

Southland visits Leeds

Ross Smith, chief executive of the New Zealand based Southland Building Society, has met with Ian Ward, chief executive of Leeds, as part of Southland’s drive to understand how a mutual organisation in the UK can benefit its members in New Zealand. Smith says: “Leeds is an extremely well run mutual organisation and there are […]

Amber sells 14m of mortgage loans to the Scottish

Amber Homeloans has announced its 50th portfolio transaction following the sale of 14.2m of mortgage loans to the Scottish. This is the first transaction between these two organisations and was brokered by Mutual One.Mark Smitheringale, director of asset trading at Amber, says: “We are delighted to have established this relationship with the Scottish and look […]

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In Focus — May 2015: private medical insurance market in Germany

Welcome to the latest edition of In Focus. In this issue, Jelf examines the private medical insurance market for employers with expatriate workforces in Germany. This includes the common challenges faced in sourcing appropriate coverage, along with a selection of available solutions. This will be of particular interest to HR/reward decision makers with employees based in Germany. It will assess the cultural norms, risks and backdrop that are relevant to organisations with expatriate staff in this location.


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