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Carreras hits right note for ScotEq

Scottish Equitable owner Aegon UK is to sponsor a Scottish charity spectacular featuring world famous tenor Jose Carreras.

The opera singer&#39s December 8 appearance, in the inaugural concert at the newly refurbished Usher Hall, Edinburgh, is aimed at raising money for Leukaemia. It will be the first time in nearly 20 years he has performed in the city.

Carreras, one of the three tenors, has himself successfully battled with Leukaemia. The life office is paying an undisclosed but “substantial” five figure sum.

Group Chief Executive of Aegon UK David Henderson says:”Our purpose is to support the charitable objectives of the Leukaemia Research Trust. We are also delighted to be associated with an event of such enormous prestige for Scotland.”


CML predicts &#39bidding&#39 war

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is claiming next week&#39s mortgage regulation announcements will lead to a regulations “bidding” war.Economic secretary to the Treasury Melanie Johnson is set to announce the government will only regulate home loan advice, with the loans themselves to be covered by a voluntary standard.The CML is concerned rivalries between the Treasury […]

Graduate drive nets just two recruits

AN ambitious scheme to recruit 1,000 graduates a year into IFA firms is on the brink of collapse after it placed just two in nine months.Aifa is now warning the Gradus scheme, created by the IFA Association last July in a bid to increase the number of young IFAs, could be scrapped.All parties blame the […]

Most people unsure about savings

The wealthy are financially unprepared for their future, according to new research by Mintel.According to the market analyst, 5m UK homes have incomes more than twice the national average of £19,400, but around 40 per cent of these “affluent” homes are uncertain if their retirement provision is adequate.Also, around a third of those surveyed had […]

ScotLife pension cash-in claims

Scottish Life is claiming it is prepared to cash in on an expected stakeholder pensions led boom following a 37 per cent rise in new premiums last year to £800m.The performance was driven by a 21 per cent surge in group personal pensions, plus premiums from its international operations nearly doubling last year.The mutual also […]


MPAA consultation

By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist The chancellor’s announcement of proposed cuts to the Money Purchase Annual Allowance means it will be more important than ever to be able to tell your PCLS from your UFPLS What was in the statement? Not much. The chancellor spared three sentences to inform us that the Money Purchase Annual Allowance will be reduced […]


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