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Henderson High Income Trust sees six month rise

Standard Life has secured new group AVC business from Consignia, formerly the Post Office, which it says could become its largest AVC account.

Standard Life will be an additional AVC provider to the Consignia pension plan final salary scheme, which is offered to all of Consignia&#39s 220,000 employees.

Standard Life marketing assistant general manager Simon Douglas says: “Our with-profits fund will give Consignia employees the opportunity to maximise the potential returns on their retirement savings whilst avoiding the sometimes dramatic instability of investing in the stockmarket.”


Eur out of this world

NEW STAR ASSET MANAGEMENT EUROPEAN GROWTH FUND Type: Oeic. Aim: Growth by investing in European companies. Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £100. Investment split: 100 per cent in European equities excluding UK. Isa link: Yes. Pep transfers: Yes. Charges: Initial 5.25 per cent, annual 1.5 per cent. Commission: Initial 3 per cent, renewal 0.5 […]

Manchester brings in permanent discount

Manchester Building Society is looking to the future with the introduction of the permanent discount mortgage.The mortgage has a 0.6 per cent discount for the life of the loan. This gives it an in initial rate of 6.4 per cent for loans of up to 85 per cent of valuation. Employed applicants must have been […]

Term sales increase as IFAs take a 36% share

Term insurance sales in the UK rose by 8 per cent between 1999 and 2000 and IFAs accounted for over a third of sales, according to GE Frankona Re research.The findings, which cover providers of stand-alone term insurance in the UK, reveals that although more people are buying policies online, IFAs are still the most […]

Scepticism over stakeholder sales

The first figures for stakeholder sales have been greeted with scepticism, with the industry claiming they tell very little about the true picture of whether the scheme is a success and meeting Government expectations.ABI data shows that 224,506 stakeholder plans have been sold between April and June while only 22 per cent, or 88,394, of […]

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.


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