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Equity release a growing market for solicitors – Pru

Research from Prudential conducted among UK private client solicitors shows a growing need for advisory work in equity release.

Twenty nine per cent of solicitors believe demand for legal guidance in the area of equity release will increase in the next five years and over the last two years, one in four (26 per cent) private client solicitors have provided views and advice to their clients about equity release.

Prudential national mortgage club manager John Malone says: “Regulation is certainly in the best interest of customers and beneficial to the growth of the market. Ensuring that customers get the best possible advice in relation to the sale of equity release products is essential which is why obtaining independent legal advice is something we insist on.”


Mortgage Edge – Rob Clifford

Let&#39s look at self-certification in perspective rather than through the eyes of a TV documentary producer. In the late 1980s, a high proportion of our clients seemed to have jobs for life. Many of them had every expectation of seeing out their career with the same employer. But how times have changed. Some 22 per […]

It&#39s time for a change, says Chartwell&#39s Connolly

Chartwell Investment Management head of discount broking Patrick Connolly says he decided to move to high-net-worth IFA firm JS&P because he needed a change. Connolly, who announced his departure last week after eight years at Chartwell, takes on his new role in December. He will focus on marketing and PR as well as investment research. […]

Software firm sees upheaval from menu system

The menu system will cause massive upheaval among IFAs as firms struggle with the burden it will add to their compliance, says software firm Dunstan Thomas. It says the menu will add another layer of cost and complexity for IFAs. The firm has customised its flagship software component ahead of what it expects to be […]

Franklin Templeton – Templeton Global Return Fund

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UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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