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Barclays plan targets older homeowners

Barclays Mortgages is launching a Shared Appreciation Mortgage as part of a range of products for older homeowners. SAM products allow borrowers to exchange appreciation in the value of their home for a zero interest loan.

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NAPF highlights pension erosion

The National Association of Pension Funds has attacked the Government for “drilling holes” into the returns from occupational pension schemes. The attack comes as the NAPF published its annual survey of company pension schemes last week. The survey shows that the Pensions Act 1995 and the decision in the last Budget to axe tax credits […]

Warning of admin chaos over pension split plans

IFAs could have just four months to arrange splitting a client&#39s pension after divorce under the Government&#39s pension-sharing proposals. A draft document for the new regime, due to be revealed this summer, will allow divorced couples to make a clean break from a relationship from April 2000. It will replace the current earmarking rules. The […]

Emerging market specialist quits GT

GT Global&#39s head of emerging-market debt portfolios Michael Mabbutt is quitting to set up his own business. GT&#39s emerging-market debt funds will be managed from New York by Craig Munro, from the end of this month. Mabbutt manages about $560m spread through the Dublin-based GT emerging markets bond fund, Austrian-based GT emerging markets bond fund […]

Briefs

Britannia Life has closed to new IFA business. Will you miss it? “On balance, no. It is an interesting indication that the market is becoming more competitive and there is a squeeze on margins.” David Cumberland, Robin Bradford (Life & Pension Consultants) “Yes, because they have got damn good fund performance and give a good […]

US equities: opportunities for short sellers expand

Optimism is as American as baseball and apple pie. And since the financial crisis, being optimistic about US equities has paid off: they have outperformed every other major developed market by a comfortable margin. Yet while there remain plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about US equities, Stephen Moore, manager of the Artemis US […]

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