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Halifax doubles market share

Halifax more than doubled its share of mortgage market in the first six months of the year and now provides a quarter of all UK loans. The lender’s net market share rocketed to 25 per cent from 12 per cent in the half-year to June but group profits before tax slid to £839m from £931m due to tighter margins and its merger with Bank of Scotland. It also ploughed £140m into its internet arm Intelligent Finance.


Fund sales are down by 28% but IFA share rises

Sales of unit trust and Oeic Isas continued to plummet in June, down by more than a quarter on the same month last year. Gross Isa sales for the month fell by 28.1 per cent to £571.7m compared with £795.5m in June last year, according to the latest figures from Autif. Total retail sales fell […]

It takes two

Over the last two weeks, I have looked at income-splitting between a couple where the means of producing earned income is capable of being influenced by one or both of the couple. I would like to turn to tax-planning opportunities that may exist for a couple in relation to capital invested to produce income. Some […]

First National launches website

Abbey National subsidiary First National, which offers business finance to small to medium sized companies, has launched a new website for clients.The site at is designed to give firms easy access to its products available through IFAs and directly from First National, the third largest asset finance house in the UK The site lets […]

A consumer&#39s VIEW

The Government investigation into long-term savings, announced last month, could have profound and far-reaching effects on the industry, in particular the remuneration of IFAs, and it will undoubtedly speed the day when IFAs have to act like true professionals and charge fees for their services. The investigation is being led by Ron Sandler, former chief […]

What are the key changes to transform pensions?

By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist In her final article for Royal London, Fiona Tait reviews key changes she believes have transformed, or will transform, pensions. In my 12 years with Royal London I have been paid to review, study and explain the numerous changes to pension legislation which have transformed our industry in that time. This is […]


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