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Halifax joins Pink Home Loans lender panel

Halifax bank has joined Pink Home Loans mortgage panel bring the total number of lenders signed-up to 33.

Halifax says joining the panel is a sign of its commitment to the intermediary market.

It says it is investing in e-trading solutions and will offer Pink members an on-line mortgage promise facility and up to date product and service information at the touch of a button.


DWS looks to buy RAM to gain multi-manager service

DWS Investments has emerged as the early front-runner to buy Rothschild Asset Management after admitting it is interested in acquiring RAM&#39s multi-manager service.Managing director Michael Warren says DWS intends to take a close look buying the fund of funds business because it needs a multi-manager service to help it become a top 10 asset manager […]

Primal instinct

In one of the more unlikely encounters, the Diary has heard about how new business development man at National Australia Bank John Cowan recently took tea and cakes with fellow Glas-wegian and enfant terrible of the pop world Bobbie Gillespie – lead singer of the IFA&#39s favourite band Primal Scream – because John&#39s mother used […]

Abbey review to cut cost base

Abbey National is conducting a no-holds barred cost review amid industry speculation that it plans to cut 3,000 jobs and outsource its admin and processing overseas.An industry source says Abbey is going to outsource big parts of its back-office functions offshore because of the increasing cost constraints of the UK market and to take advantage […]

Inside Edge

The editor has asked me to write what I would do about pensions if I were the head of the Inland Revenue tax division.We have far too many tax regimes applying to the various types of pensions that we have convinced ourselves we need. It should be obvious that we have no need for any […]


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