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HSBC bank tops mortgage rate table

HSBC Bank offered the best value variable rate mortgage from any of the UK’s top 25 high street lenders over the last 12 months, according to Moneyfacts. Figures to September 30 show that a borrower with a typical £50,000 interest-only mortgage paid £496 less in interest than borrowers with Halifax and £80 less than customers of Nationwide. Moneyfacts mortgage editor Melanie Stewart says HSBC’s mortgage policy appeared to be aimed at looking after existing borrowers rather than chasing new business with headline rates.

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Report criticises quality of wealth management

Many wealth management companies are failing to target the right customers, understand their needs or offer them the proper services, claims a report by IBM.The report, co-authored by Professor Merlin Stone and IBM, suggests that many wealth management firms are simply “window dressing” basic financial products.It claims firms are too often content to see wealth […]

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