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ARLA moves to raise standards

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reforming its criteria for membership in a bid to improve the professional and ethical standards of landlords and tenants.

ARLA is requiring increased financial controls over clients&#39 accounts, although the rule requiring two years experience of letting business before admission to ARLA has been abolished.

ARLA chairman Frances Burkinshaw says: “We know there are many very good letting agents out there. We want them to come forward to join ARLA and help strengthen the private rented sector through their professional and ethical service to the public.”


Stakeholder awareness uneven across UK

Awareness of stakeholder among employers varies significantly throughout different parts of the UK, according to new findings published this week by Barclays Bank and Legal & General.Whereas 94 per cent of all Scottish employers are aware of the introduction of stakeholder pensions, awareness is only 62 per cent among Welsh employers.In particular, businesses in Greater […]

EFM acquires Portfolio

Edinburgh Fund Managers is to buy Portfolio Fund Management for £12m, plus up to a further £8m calculated in reference to Portfolio’s future net sales.Portfolio’s £430m of assets take EFM’s funds under management to £8.3bn.

Product Matters

There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of consumers paying for medical treatment from their own pocket. Over 300,000 self-pay treatments were carried out in 2000, accounting for almost a third of all private treatment, while there was a 3 per cent fall in the number of people covered by traditional private medical […]

HSBC Bank International – Pan European Growth Fund

Tuesday, 3 July 2001.Type: Ucits.Aim: Growth linked to the Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50, FTSE 100 and the Swiss Market Index.Minimum investment: £5,000 or US$5,000.Place of registration: Dublin.Investment split: Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50 33.3 per cent, FTSE 100 33.3 per cent, Swiss Market Index 33.3 per cent.Isa link: No.Charges: None.Commission: Initial 2.5-4.5 per cent.Tel: […]

Converting pension savings to a retirement income…

Since last year’s reforms to pension legislation, a significant number of retirees have chosen income drawdown over purchasing an annuity. Income drawdown is more flexible than an annuity. However, it also increases the likelihood that individuals won’t be able to maintain their income throughout their lifetime. In this short video, we explain the risks that […]


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