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Financial Options to offer mortgage advice on-line

Financial Options is hooking up to the internet to create a one-stop service for property hunters called

The IFA network says the site will allow users to trawl through houses on sale across the UK and to check more than 1200 mortgages from 300 different lenders.

Users of will be offered online mortgage advice and will also be able to electronically apply for loans.


Century Life overturns VAT tribunal

Century Life has successfully overturned a VAT tribunal&#39s refusal to grant VAT exemption for pensions misselling work in the High Court.VAT exemption usually applies to all services performed by agents, related to the provision of insurance contracts. The tribunal had ruled that the review of pensions misselling was outside the normal work of an insurance […]

Equitable Life launches pre-stakeholder plan

Equitable Life has launched its stakeholder-style pension which will include full financial advice.The Equitable 2000 personal pension plan offers a management charge of 0.9 per cent a year, just below stakeholder&#39s one per cent margin.The product will also feature no minimum contribution, no initial charge, penalty free exit and no penalties for stopping and starting […]

Hermes plans stakeholder launch

Fund management group Hermes which manages the British Telecom and Post Office pension funds is planning to launch into the stakeholder pension market through life assurance groups and trade unions.Hermes to offer the pension in conjunction with Liberty International, the financial services and property company.It will specialise in managing index-tracking funds to keep within the […]

Halifax launches new mortgage range

Halifax is launching a range of fixed rate and discounted mortgages with no arrangement fees aimed at first-time buyers and remortgage customers.The range offers a two year discount of 2.05 per cent, giving a rate of 5.69 per cent on loans up to 75 per cent loan to value. A loan up to 97 per […]

Large-cap growth alpha thesis: seeking risk-adjusted excess returns

Content supplied by Loomis, Sayles & Company — an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management For mutual fund investors and managers of large pensions or endowments, a major challenge is to identify those portfolio managers who are most likely to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns in the future. Understanding how an investment philosophy informs a manager’s decision […]


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