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HSBC offers customer rewards

HSBC is introducing savings and rewards initiative for new and existing customers as part of its hat trick of ‘better banking’ moves.

The moves include: Waiving charges for its customers who withdraw from Link machines and other banks’ customers using HSBC machines. Cutting its variable mortgage rate by one per cent to 6.75per cent which will stay within 1 per cent of the Bank of England base rate — a measure which will also benefit its existing customers and launching a "stakeholder-ready" pension which is available from July 10.

HSBC spokesperson Victoria Lee says: "We are trying to ensure that our existing client base are rewarded rather than just benefiting our new customers."


Fidelity to offer online financial tuition

Fidelity Investments has teamed up with e-learning specialists, Wide Learning, to offer online financial training. The site will offer Wide Learning Quicksights ™ – five minute multi-media introductions to financial products and concepts. Plans to build a “learning centre” where customers would be able to access Quicksights™ and enrol on one of Wide Learning’s […]

Michael Folger

More than a passing resemblance to Paul Newman, don&#39t you think?” asks FSApress officer Jackie Blyth as she hands me a photo of director ofinvestment business Michael Folger, a piece of information which is dulyfiled in case he needs to be charmed.But it turns out that such journalistic tricks are not needed. He is theone […]

Portillo keeps his cards close

The annual general meeting of the Centre for Policy Studies is a grandaffair. The great and the good turn up to salute a thinktank that has beenat the heart of Conservative thinking for 25 years. The guest speaker has agilt-edged opportunity to lay out fresh Tory thinking and to be guaranteedextensive media coverage.So why did […]

Benefiting from the pre-April 2001 regime

This Bill is important to pension professionals because it is the enablinglegislation for the proposed changes to pension taxation which include thenew regime beginning on April 6, 2001.This new regime will encompass stakeholder pensions, new and existingpersonal pensions and those money-purchase occupational schemes which optto be included.The commentary to the Finance Bill 2000 contains a […]

Can UK companies satisfy global appetites?

By Mark Martin, Manager of Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund

Rapid economic and income growth is leading to a dramatic shift in diet towards protein products right around the globe. UK companies such as Genus, the world’s largest livestock breeder, are benefiting from this increasing demand. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses this investment theme.


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