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Intermediaries confident in buy to let market

But to let investment is set to increase, according to data from Bradford & Bingley specialist lender Mortgage Express.

Mortgage Express&#39s property hotspots report reveals that 95 per cent of intermediaries who responded to the survey said the market would rise or remain stable over the next six months.

The survey showed Sheffield, Brighton, Birmingham and South East London as being amongst the areas with the highest demand for buy to let investments.


Life offices face upheaval in Baird bid to update solvency

Life offices are braced for the biggest regulatory shake-up in years following sweeping recommendations from the FSA&#39s Equitable inquiry on solvency requirements.The recommendations are part of the Baird report on the FSA&#39s handling of Equitable Life. They could see current practices scrapped, including the use of future profits and reinsurance contracts to boost headline financial […]

Bankhall and DBS offer N2 support

Bankhall has developed an N2 package for directly PIAregulated members to ensure they meet the changed compliance requirements.It is also running 18 presentations around the UK until November 7, emphasising the importance of senior management responsibility, effective systems, controls and risk assessment, the implication of the new approved persons&#39 regime and the code of practice […]

NU wraps up retirement products

Norwich Union is packaging a range of products for the retirement market into one proposition to provide a comprehensive offering for people approaching retirement.The package, marketed under the strapline &#39for the life your clients deserve after work&#39 has been designed to help IFAs offer clients greater flexibility in retirement and highlights the breadth of provisions […]

Stakeholder for moderate and high earners says McCartney

Stakeholder pensions are primarily intended for the those with moderate and higher earnings according to the Pensions Minister Ian McCartney. Responding to written questions from Conservative MP Peter Viggers and Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz about the suitability of the Government&#39s flagship pension, the minister said stakeholder is aimed at those with no occupational pension at […]


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