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House price surge for December

House price inflation surged 2.6 per cent in December, according to the Halifax.

The 2.6 per cent rise was the second biggest monthly increase of 1999.

The increase takes the average house price to £83,108.


IFA network embraces 1 per cent charge pension

IFA Network is dismissing fears stakeholder charging proposals are too tough by tying up a deal with Friends Provident to offer a pre-stakeholder pension with a 1 per cent annual charge. &#39The New Generation&#39 pension plan boasts no set-up or surrender charges no member policy fee or bid/offer spread charges in addition to the 1 […]

Carpetbagger fightback

Carpetbaggers are planning their fightback following a series of blows from pro-mutual Portman Building Society.The internet site co-ordinating the demutualisation attack says it may lodge a complaint to the Building Societies Commission against the society.The move follows Portman&#39s scuppering of demutualisation resolutions and the ousting of carpetbagger ringleader Richard Yendall.Portman is continuing to refuse […]

Government battles finance bill delays

WORDS 111The Government is set to draft in outside lawyers to help speed up the passing of the Financial Services and Markets Bill.The bill has been plagued with delays caused by a need to redraft much of the contents. Although originally expected to be enacted in Spring experts predict it will not now be ready […]

Gartmore prepares for &#39bidding frenzy&#39

Gartmore is preparing for a bidding frenzy after revealing its “best ever” performance last year.Its figures show a return of 27 per cent on the company&#39s average segregated UK balanced pension fund compared with 19.5 per cent for the average manager for last year.The returns revelations have come just before the sale of Gartmore kicks […]


Guide: what you need to consider for your auto-enrolment project

In this guide, Johnson Fleming reveals what items you need to understand to gauge the impact of auto-enrolment on your business. The guide focuses on: the impact that your auto-enrolment scheme will have on you; assessing your workforce; understanding your staging date; reviewing your current provision; and modelling contribution levels and costs.


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