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Friends urged to rethink takeover

JC Flowers is putting pressure on Friends Provident to reconsider its rejected 150p per share takeover bid, saying it has funding in place for a 3.5bn cash bid.

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Shareholders to vote on Transact’s future

A decision to float or sell Transact could be made in the next month as shareholders meet to vote on the future of the platform.Founding shareholders will for the first time have a vote on whether to sell the company at an extraordinary general meeting planned for early May.Options include listing parent company Integrated Financial […]

Proc fees set to be slashed

Independent mortgage consultant Kevin Duffy is warning that procuration fees could be cut in the next wave of belt tightening to hit the industry.

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Woolwich cuts SVR by 0.25%

Woolwich will be cutting its Standard Variable Rate by 0.25 per cent following the Bank of England’s base rate decision today. This will see its SVR reduce from 7.39 per cent to 7.14 per cent. As well as the cut in SVR, all customers on Barclays Bank Base Rate trackers will see their rates cut […]

Boosting our annuity strategies

Targeting annuity purchase in lifestyle strategies isn’t anything new but we’ve just lifted the bonnet and injected an enhancement shot into the end-point of these solutions. The recent volatility has shot short-term volatility into equity markets and painted a very turbulent backdrop but we’re also equally faced with a stressed fixed interest environment. This can […]

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