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Inter-Alliance joins ScotProv loan club

Abbey National has signed a deal with Inter-Alliance which will see its Scottish Provident mortgage club made available to the IFA&#39s 400 mortgage advisers. Inter-Alliance advisers will now have access to The Mortgage Alliance&#39s 21 lenders, including Abbey National, Bristol & West, Halifax and Woolwich. They will also be provided with free access to the Trigold sourcing system.

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The ABI and protection providers are lobbying the FSA to abandon its classification of protection products as higher risk than other types of general insurance as it designs its regime for their regulation.In CP160, the FSA proposed placing protection in a “higher-risk” category than other types of general insurance because it says their long-term nature […]

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