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HSBC looks for rise in contributions

HBSC backs personal accounts, auto-enrolment and mandatory employer contributions but it says a minimum contribution of 8 per cent of band earnings is insufficient and argues that minimum contributions should be increased over time. It says socially respon- sible funds should also be available.

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Nationwide and Portman boards agree to merger

The boards of Nationwide and Portman Building Societies have agreed to the biggest ever building society merger that will give the enlarged society total assets of over 150bn.Subject to regulatory and members’ approval, the merger is expected to complete by the end of September 2007 and will see current Nationwide group finance director Graham Beale […]

GMAC is first to get to the point

Guy Anker finds the arrival of point of sale offers is good for the market but discovers not everyone is rushing out to introduce the technology

Get your New Year off to a flying start

Ross Jackson, Senior Marketing Manager There’s no denying that these days we expect things quickly. You might have noticed it first-hand during the flurry and rush of the Christmas period. The fact is that in a world of smartphones, social media and click and collect, most clients expect to get an instant response and a […]

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