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A welcome return

A new player has emerged phoenix-like from the ashes of the Britannic Retirement Solutions management team.

Just Retirement, led by former BRS and Stalwart chief Mike Fuller will seek to provide a range of impaired-life annuities and equity release for the at-retirement market.

The closure of BRS was mourned by IFAs at the time so, no doubt, IFAs will be very pleased to see the new operation.

Money Marketing wishes the new company and, of course, all its competitors well in providing competitive products to the IFA market and their clients.


&#39Start saving earlier to avoid student debt&#39

Edinburgh Fund Managers says soaring levels of student debt means parents should start investing earlier for university fees. The firm points to statistics from the Department of Education showing that the average debt of students leaving university last year was £9,000. Its InvestIT for Children product offers a choice of nine investment trusts. Minimum investment […]

NU axes EPP cash as end looms for executive plans

Norwich Union is axing initial commission on its executive pension plan from this week in response to pension simplification. It is removing Lautro initial commission on the EPP from August 16 ahead of the distinction between executive and personal pensions disappearing. The company is making changes are being made to specific product types which likely […]

M2-mortgage club appoints Northern Ireland&#39s Progressive Building Society

Northern Ireland&#39s Progressive Building Society is to be the 51st lender to join Mortgage 2000 Mortgage Club&#39s lender panel. M2-mortgage club says although Progressive only lend on properties in Northern Ireland, any UK mortgage intermediary with a customer buying or re-mortgaging there is able to access their services. M2-mortgage club national sales manager Alan Collinson […]

Bubbly loses its fizz

I will retire later this year when I reach 65 and have heard that through the use of stakeholder pensions I could get a guaranteed return of nearly 10 per cent on my money with apparently no strings attached. Such a level of interest sounds very attractive as at present I am getting less than […]

Show me the money – earnings are central to performance in Europe

Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]


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