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Clerical Medical in drive to increase IFA sales

Clerical Medical is spending £2m in a three-pronged advertising drive to show its support for IFAs.

The intermediary arm of Halifax says it is splashing out in a bid to improve the relationship its customers have with IFAs and increase brand awareness.

The campaign will combine television with trade and consumer press advertising.

The £1.7m television and consumer adverts will be run in two bursts between March and August.

The TV adverts which will feature on Channel 4 and various satellite channels. They will continue the theme of the 1998 campaign featuring young professionals contemplating their future.


Investors warned to use up allowances by tax planners

The Chartered Institute of Taxation and Association of Taxation Technicians are advising investors to use up their IHT exemptions before April 6.It is also warning investors to use up their full capital gains tax exemption which stands at £6,800.It says: &#34Anyone with a potential inheritance tax problem should consider making gifts before April 6 to […]

Birmingham Midshires to offer base rate tracker mortgage

Birmingham Midshires Building Society is launching a mortgage which tracks the Bank of England base rate.The Base Rate Tracker which will be available exclusively through Midshires intermediary arm guarantees to offer 0.75 per cent above the Bank of England&#39s base rate for the lifetime of the loan.The current rate payable is 6.25 per cent and […]

Bonds going bust? Not so fast….

In recent months bond bears have been reinvigorated, and market commentary suggesting “the end of the bond (bull) market is near” has become commonplace. We think these comments are premature. Explaining the global government bond sell-off October has seen renewed pressure on global government bonds, initially provoked by a Bloomberg article suggesting that the ECB […]


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