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Inter-Alliance pens deals to allow further growth

Inter-Alliance has teamed up with online credit card company Marbles and to extend its e-business activities.

Already linked with Freeserve and, the Inter-Alliance-Marbles partnership, launched last week, will give users access to the Inter-Alliance Isa Centre and fund supermarket.

Its coupling with online investors resources site,, will lead to a co-branded website with details of funds available for investors.


Pru says IFAs are integral to £2m with-profits push

Prudential is making IFAs a central part of its aggress-ivecampaign to grow and dominate the with-profitsbond market.In what it describes as a “landmark decision”, Prudential IntermediaryDivision is spending £2m on a marketing push geared at generatingleads for IFAs on the back of its revamped Prudence bond.The campaign starts this week and will run for three […]

Bradford & Bingley…

Bradford & Bingley saw the curtain fall on 150 years as a mutual on Mondaywith an overwhelming vote by members in favour of conversion to a plc.Members are expected to receive windfalls of over £700 when B&Bfloats in December.Chairman Lindsay Mackinlay (pictured above)told the few hundred membersattending the specialgeneral meeting at Sheffield Arena that it […]

Widows Bank sets up a loan centre for brokers

Scottish Widows Bank has opened a new mortgage processing centrespecifically tailored to IFAs.Based in its Edinburgh headquarters, the centre, which has been developedby an in-house team, will process complete transactions from the initialmortgage enquiry to the final “letter of offer”.The bank, which has been in the mortgage market for three years, aims toprocess applications to […]

German bank merger talks collapse

Merger talks between German banks Commerzbank and Dresdner Bank have collapsed, ending six weeks of speculation that the two would get into bed together. Both have a significant presence in the UK, Commerzbank owns Jupiter Asset Management and Dresdner has its investment arm, Dresdner RCM Global. The news comes as a particularly hard blow to […]


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