AIA chief Mark Wilson plans to quit if Prudential’s £24.5bn acquisition of the business goes ahead. The Financial Times reports that Wilson believes the proposed merger is “unworkable”.
Alliance & Leicester is cutting its standard variable rate for new customers by up to 75 basis points from Bank of England base rate plus 4.49 per cent to plus 3.74 per cent over base rate.
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HM Revenue &Customs has U-turned in its guidelines on kick-out structured products, confirming that they do qualify for Isa investment. Last week, HMRC issued an update to Isa managers confirming that kick-out plans, where the trigger event is conditional on a financial index reaching a pre-determined point, are Isa-eligible. In an industry bulletin in April, […]
Ross Jackson, Senior Marketing Manager There’s no denying that these days we expect things quickly. You might have noticed it first-hand during the flurry and rush of the Christmas period. The fact is that in a world of smartphones, social media and click and collect, most clients expect to get an instant response and a […]
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