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C&G announces rate changes

Cheltenham & Gloucester has announced its is re-pricing its fixed and capped-rate mortgages, replacing its existing range which were last altered on July 14.

Borrowers can now fix their rates between 4.49 per cent and 5.29 per cent on each of C&G&#39s two, three, five and seven-year offers. Its capped-rate loan now sits at 4.89 per cent.

To benefit from any of the new deals, loans must have started by December 19.


Abbey says clients are missing benefits as IFAs ignore S32 plans

IFAs are shunning S32 buyout plans in favour of straightforward personal pensions, even though they have valuable benefits for clients, says Abbey National for Intermediaries.Head of pensions and retirement Mike Brown says clients may be missing out on improved death benefits and tax-free cash over 25 per cent if they choose to transfer their occupational […]

IFA warns drawdown reforms may alienate investors

Inland Revenue proposals to limit the death benefit available from drawdown plans will further undermine confidence in pension saving, warns The Drawdown Bureau.The IFA claims that the reforms will benefit life companies to the detriment of investors.Under current rules, if a drawdown investor dies before age 75, the spouse can take the pension fund as […]

Key Man cheaper than businesses think says L&G

Small and medium sized business would survive less than a year if a key employee was lost with 54 per cent of companies having no protection against such a scenario Legal and General has warned in its annual Business Intentions study. L&G say that many SMEs may not take out key person insurance because they […]

First-time buyers face a growing housing shortage

Halifax is warning that the shortage of new homes in the UK could be as high as 500,000 by 2021, bolstering house prices and making it harder for first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder.Halifax predicts that the cumulative shortage will reach 500,000 if the number of new houses, particularly in London […]


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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