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Direct platform for Stanley

Charles Stanley is launching a direct-to-consumer platform and will partner with AllMyPlans as an aggregation service to include off-platform investments.

The platform is likely to be called Charles Stanley Direct and will be powered by the Charles Stanley stockbroking platform. It will include Stanley’s investment service FundChoice, the firm’s online share dealing, the Alpha and Ebs Sipps and the Stanley stocks and shares Isa.

It says the platform is likely to launch in the summer.

AllMyPlans launched its retail aggregation service in October. It enables the viewing of on and off-platform assets together and the service has both adviser and consumer-facing operations.


Halifax Intermediaries ups max LTV to 90% for new-build houses

Lloyds Banking Group is to offer 90 per cent LTV mortgages on new-build houses, increasing its maximum LTV on this type of property from a previous cap of 80 per cent. The products are only available through Halifax Intermediaries and on houses built by developers Barratts, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey. A spokesman for Halifax […]

Committee to oversee UK and Euro communication

A committee is likely to be set up to co-ordinate communication between UK regulators and European supervisory authorities. In guidance on the Financial Services Bill, published last week, the Treasury says although previous arrangements enabled a committee to be set up if regulators felt in necessary, the Government now wants it to be mandatory. It […]

Sickness absence

Sickness absence — a key piece to the productivity puzzle?

We recently wrote about the productivity puzzle and how the UK lags very far behind most of the other major economies of the G7 on this particular measure. There are of course many pieces to this particular puzzle – and a timely report by The Work Foundation highlights how sickness absence plays a part in this issue also.


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