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Firms take stakes in Mortgage Brain

Woolwich, Northern Rock, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland have each acquired an equity stake in trading platform Mortgage Brain, joining HBoS, Nationwide and Alliance & Leicester.

For an undisclosed amount each of the lenders have taken a 12.75 per cent stake in the 51 per cent share of Mortgage Brain open to investment by lenders, while the platform holds onto the minority.

NatWest says this allows rivals to work together to build a common platform allowing low cost distribution, benefiting lenders, intermediaries and borrowers.


Exchange adding drawdown facility to toolkit

IFA portal The Exchange is introducing an income-drawdown analysis facility as part of its pension tools for IFAs.The analysis tool, designed with actuarial software specialist Pensions & Actuarial Services, aims to help IFAs make a quick assessment of whether income drawdown is appropriate for a client. It can be used regardless of whether or not […]

ABN Amro – North American Growth Fund

Wednesday 9 January, 2002 Type: Unit trust. Aim: Growth by investing in North American companies. Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £50. Investment split: Pharmaceuticals 13.3 per cent, cash 10.5 per cent, insurance 8.2 per cent, beverages 7.4 per cent, household products 6.5 per cent, communications equipment 5.8 per cent, IT consultancy and services 4.6 […]

Slips on Sipps

It was good to see someone promoting SSAS and Sipp investments in Best Advice (Money Marketing, December 13). However, since I am sure a number of exam candidates read these articles, I would be grateful if you would ensure that it is made clear that the tax charge levied by the Inland Revenue on surpluses […]

Investment view

I hate this time of year. It is not just that it is cold, generally overcast and the are roads treacherous as often as not but we are also expected to polish our crystal balls and gaze into the future. This is never an easy task. Trying to predict the outcome for 2002 will be […]


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