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AMI looks at body for equity release

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries is considering setting up a permanent equity-release body to replace the current working group.

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Value is the real issue

How disappointing but not surprising to see the Association of British Insurers drop its review on the payment of commission.

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It is increasingly rare for there to be real innovation in our markets today, with replication the leading force. That is just one of the reasons to welcome Advantage’s new shared equity product – that is not what the firm calls it but that is what it does so that is what we will call it.

Promising position

Although there has been a marked increase in market volatility, the big picture of late is that there is not any discernible trend and markets are trading off each rumour and data release.

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