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Comdirect expands Isa offering

Online broker Comdirect is to expand its iPlan Isa offer, with the addition of four new iShares, exchange traded funds managed by Barclays Global Investors.

The iPlan Isa product allows investors to trade in its iShares at any time during market hours without attracting stamp duty through index trackers. The trackers provide investors with exposure to the largest and most actively traded companies in their sectors from 13 European countries.

Comdirect managing director John Glendinning says: "Exchange traded funds are a welcome addition to the market, giving individuals more choice when it comes to selecting collective investments."


Britannia discounts for two years without penalty

Britannia Building Society is rolling out a new discounted mortgageproduct offering a rate of 4.79 per cent for the first two years. The new rate applies to mortgages up to 75 per cent loan to value whileloans up to 95 per cent LTV, a rate of 4.99 per cent applies. The product has a £295 […]

Govt puts pension advice on the web

The Government is trying to provide a one-stop retirement advisory servicewith a pension link on its main public website. The Life Episode for Pensions and Retirement service appears on website alongside inf-ormation on going on holiday,bereavement and having a baby. The advice is divided into four stages – planning for retirement,approaching retirement, reaching statutory […]

ABI&#39s new leader pledges support for polarisation

Newly appointed ABI chairman Mike Ross has promised the trade body&#39scontinuing support for polarisation in the next stage of the FSA review. Scottish Widows chief executive Ross says the status of IFAs is importantand should be protected. He pledges that the ABI will continue to promoteindependence. He has also urged life offices to sign up […]

Pensions key financial services product for retaining staff

Pensions are the most important financial services product in terms of recruiting and retaining staff according to a new survey of employers’ attitudes toward a range of financial services provided at work. The survey by Legal & General and Barclays of 771 employers, pensions scored 56 per cent as the most important benefit, compared with […]

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]


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