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Assureweb adds mortgage service

Online trading platform Assureweb is launching a range of mortgage services for the 14,800 IFAs registered with its website

The service enables MCCB registered IFAs to source and apply online for over 2,500 mortgages from 100 lenders free of charge.

The move is being supported by nine lenders including Halifax, Woolwich, Northern Rock, Alliance & Leicester and Standard Life, accounting for over 50 per cent of intermediary mortgage business.


Copy cats?

Can you see many lenders following Nationwide&#39s lead and introducing Cat standards on all new mortgages?RV: I do not believe it is yet a key selection criterion for the public looking at mortgage deals, particularly when up against some of the strong headline rates available.ES: It is now 18 months since the Cat standard was […]

Mortgage-related sales bring protection boom

Sales of income protection cover have reached an all-time high with almost 180,000 new policies bought last year.The bumper sales figures mean 10 per cent of the working population now have some form of income protection.Figures from GE Frankona Re show sales rose by 6,000 policies from 174,000 in 1999. IFAs accounted for 42 per […]

Winterthur stands on a flexible platform

The plans offer access to Winterthur&#39s multi-manager investment range which includes 37 funds, most of which are managed externally.The external fund managers include ABN Amro, Baillie Gifford, Gartmore, Jupiter and Perpetual. Winterthur&#39s own managed funds include the fixed interest, ethical, tracker and specialist retirement planning funds investing in UK, Europe and North America equities.All the […]

Tories say a shift to multi-tied regime will help IFAs

The Conservatives say their decision to allow multi-ties will not weaken polarisation but simply recognise that some IFAs are already operating on a multi-tied basis.Conservative Shadow economic secretary Howard Flight, in a letter to Money Marketing, says the Tories are not setting up a new class of adviser.Overall, they believe the regulatory burden should be […]

Partied out and penniless

December has left me destitute. My piggy bank lies broken and empty, my lunchtime meal deal feels like an extravagant expense and I’m down to the Bountys in my box of Celebrations. But I won’t mourn my dearly departed pennies. Between buying gifts for loved ones (then deciding to keep them for myself) to treating […]


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