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Buy-to-let return reaches 13%

BM Solution’s first buy-to-let biannual review shows that the average total return for a BTL investor was 13 per cent over the past year to June, up from 11.9 per cent in the previous year.


Kensington shareholders vote in favour of Investec deal

Kensington Group shareholders have voted in favour of the offer made by South-African firm Investec at its EGM today.The meeting saw 178 (97.27 per cent) of scheme shareholders vote in favour of the deal, with just 5 (2.73 per cent) against.This comes despite rumblings last month that several major shareholders, including former chairman Martin Feingold […]

In with new chief, out with the NU??

Aviva’s new chief executive Andrew Moss looks set to ring in the changes, with both the Norwich Union and Morley brands under review.Moss is keen for Aviva to become the eminent brand, as first revealed by Money Marketing in April.However, advisers have backed the NU brand, saying it carries more weight in the market.

Skandia’s paid critical illness claims up

Skandia paid 89 per cent of critical illness claims in the year to June 2007, up one percent from the previous year.Two per cent were declined due to non-disclosure and 9 per cent were declined because the claim had not met the definition.Cancer remained the most commonly claimed for condition, accounting for 51 per cent […]

Woolwich joins

Online mortgage company has added Barclays’ Woolwich mortgage brands to its range of products. Customers of can compare the whole of market before going directly to the Woolwich customer service teams by telephone to complete their mortgage application.Since launch has offered consumers a full mortgage search facility to compare mortgages from all […]

Leading Edge June – Investment panel debate

RLAM’s asset class specialists discuss some of the findings from the panel session at our recent Investment Conference. By Rob Williams, Head of Distribution Welcome to the latest edition of Leading Edge. It has been an eventful six months since the last e-zine. The European Central Bank announced ongoing stimulus measures, while the immigration crisis in Europe threw the […]


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