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FSA publishes annual report

The FSA has published its annual report, which reveals that fees for IFAs will decrease by around one per cent this year. The actual fees charged relate to the type of business carried out by a firm, so the FSA says that within this average figure there will be considerable differences across industry blocks.

The annual funding requirement for the FSA in 2004/05 is projected to be £213.3m, marginally lower on a like-for-like basis than the £214m for 2003/04.


IFAs say merger makes sense

IFAs have welcomed the merger between Isis and F&C, saying it will create a strong group better able to leverage increased resources.Hargreaves Lansdown says the move makes sense for Isis in particular, as he believes F&C has a much stronger brand. Chelsea Financial Services agrees but says it is a “shame” that Isis has spent […]

Coventry Building Society- Buy-to-Let Fixed Rate

Type: Fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgageFixed term: Until December 31, 2009Fixed rate: 6.25%Minimum loan: £25,001Maximum loan: Up to 85% of valuation subject to a maximum of £300,000Income multiples: Rental income must be at least 130% of mortgage repaymentsConditions: Capital repayments of up to 5% a year allowed without penalty, free valuation, discounted legal fees for remortgagesArrangement fee: […]

Charcol offers two-year tracker

Charcol is offering a two-year base rate tracker at 0.51 per cent below the Bank of England base rate. With a current pay rate of 3.99 per cent, the product is available up to 90 per cent loan to value and reverts to the base rate plus 1.25 per cent for the remaining term, with […]

Take your pick of protection

I am a single woman and have just arranged a mortgage through my bank. The financial adviser has recommended that I buy a critical-illness policy so that my mortgage will be paid off if I cannot work through sickness. It is quite an expensive policy and I am not sure if I can really afford […]


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