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Abbey considers Spanish bank – reports

The board of Abbey National is reconsidering an offer from a Spanish bank according to reports in the Sunday Times.
The board is debating whether to reopen talks with Spain&#39s Banco Santander Central Hispano.Analysts believe the BSCH bid could start an auction for the UK&#39&#39s sixth biggest bank.


Smalls talk

Jeff Prestridge&#39s pants might not be most people&#39s choice of topic for after-dinner speaking and nor were they for Headlinemoney supremo Roger Anderson. Instead, he raised the unsavoury subject before dinner at the Headlinemoney Awards last week, conjuring up an enduring image of the campaigning hack spending the day going commando because he had forgotten […]

Call for IFA aid on menu system

The FSA has accepted it is having problems designing a workable menu system that covers three sets of conduct of business rules and says it is not too late for IFAs to influence the debate. Managing director David Kenmir told a gathering of IFAs he wants to find a way around the complexity of its […]

Expunging avoidance

In the wake of the publication of the Finance Bill, I would like to look at the background to the new disclosure rules for tax avoidance. When new disclosure provisions for promoters of tax-avoidance schemes were announced on Budget day, tax planners had already been alerted to the possibility by rumours that gathered pace in […]

Hit and myth

There have been criticisms of equity-release schemes in the media, including Which? magazine, and this article is intended to respond to those criticisms and to dispel some of the widely held myths about equity release. First, there are two types of equity release. The first is where you sell your property or part of it. […]

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.


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