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Bee in her bonnet

Gillian Thomas, a consultant at Carr Sheppards Crosthwaite, was the 100,000th visitor to the BeeHive, the website hosted by Scottish Life head of pensions strategy Steve Bee.

Her prize? A signed cartoon by none other than Bee himself along with a bottle of Champagne. Thomas says:”I am a big fan of Steve&#39s cartoons so naturally I am delighted to win an original.”


Skandia profits surge and assets reach record £16bn

Profits at Skandia UK leapt by 121 per cent to £158m last year from £72m in 2002. Assets under management inc-reased by 30 per cent to a record £15.8bn from £12.2bn. Skandia&#39s overall life and pension business fell by 1 per cent from £361m to £365m. The company&#39s share of the IFA market increased from […]

GE Life research shows what life will be like for over-50s in 2030

Pensions specialist GE Life&#39s survey focuses on what life will be like for the over-50s to help IFAs advise their clients on planning for their retirement. The survey looks at lifestyle, financial stability, health and social attitudes. GE Life head of demographic studies Michael Stanley says: “THe number of people over 50 is increasing dramatically […]

PInk offers landlords flexi option

PINK HOME LOANS Mortgage Trust Flexible Buy-to-Let Libor Tracker Type:Flexible buy-to-let tracker mortgage Tracker term: Three years Tracker rate: Libor plus 0.95% Payable rate: 4.995% Minimum loan: £30,000 Maximum loan: Up to 85% of valuation subject to a maximum of £250,000, up to 80% of valuation subject to a maximum of £500,000, up to 75% […]

Providers slam Pannell claims over house prices

Providers have hit back at Durlacher analyst David Pannell after he claimed in Money Marketing last week that house prices are set to fall by 30 per cent in the next two years and spark a flurry of misselling claims. Norwich Union has hit out at Pannell&#39s comments that the equity-release market is bound almost […]

Martin Foden discusses how convenience is affecting the construction of fixed income portfolios

In this short video, Martin Foden, head of credit research at Royal London Asset Management, discusses how convenience is affecting the construction of fixed income portfolios. Watch the video in full The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not […]


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