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Free equity-release advice in joint deal

Retirement Plus is testing a joint-venture equity- release service with Stroud & Berkeley Group, Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust and AWD Chase de Vere Wealth Management. It will offer free, independent equity release advice.

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Pension sales strength underpins Winterthur

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Simple truth

What did the rest of the year have in prospect, mused the chairman of the curiously named Betelgeuse Investment Funds? Private investors had remained cautious after the bumpy end to 2007 and were still dumping equity funds. Property remained in the doldrums and even that recent saviour of fund sales teams – commodity-based products – had had wobbles recently.

Sweet surrender

The EEA life settlements fund has risen for 26 consecutive months. It is a low-risk uncorrelated investment solution which aims to return 8 per cent each year.

Commission pledge for packager failure

Sesame has introduced a new packager panel and says it will guarantee advisers’ commission in the event of a packager failure.The review assessed mortgage packagers on a range of criteria, including financial due diligence and analysis of packagers’ compliance processes and procedures.Sesame’s new packager panel will comprise of All Types of Mortgages, Enterprise Broker Services, […]

Is volatility dead? No, sell credit

There are several arguments that one could currently make for why credit markets look unattractive. These include signals that the US economy is in late cycle, the fact that corporate leverage has been increasing (with 2016 setting a record for the amount of global bond issuance), and that US high-yield default rates have risen considerably […]

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