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ABN Amro is to relaunch its Isa cafe on April 5, enabling last-minute investors to use their Isa allowance in style. The cafe will be at ABN Amro&#39s City of London offices at 82 Bishopsgate. The firm is teaming up with M&G, Henderson, Cofunds, Aberdeen, New Star and Invesco Perpetual to set up last-minute drop-off points at 12 locations around the country. All points will be open from 8am till 6pm.

Franklin Templeton Investments is offering a 1 per cent discount on all Isa investments into its funds until the end of April. The discount will reduce the initial charge to 3 per cent, with the exception of the sterling corporate bond fund, which will be reduced to 2 per cent.

NDF has launched two new structured products offering a degree of capital protection. The NDF recovery growth plan 2 is a five-year product linked to the FTSE100 while the higher-income & growth plan 2 offers either an annual income of 9 per cent a year or 50 per cent growth at the end of the five-year period. Both plans qualify for Isa and Pep investment and pay commission of 3 per cent.

Cofunds is offering a cash shelter for Isa investors, enabling them to shelter money from volatile markets. Investors must intend to invest in the market but there is no specific time limit. Interest is paid at 2 per cent below the Bank of England base rate, currently 4 per cent.


Gissings appoints head of research

Employee Benefits Adviser Gissings has announced the appointment Griff Williams as head of research on its investment team.Williams joins Gissings from Deloitte & Touche where he was assistant director in the corporate finance advisory practice. Gissings director of investment Brendan Reville says: “Griff&#39s analytical and research capabilities will help us to continue to provide a […]

Arla and lenders offer BTL charter

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has teamed up with a panel of mortgage lenders to issue a charter for buy-to-let lending.Birmingham Midshires, GMAC, NatWest, Paragon and Standard Life Bank have got together with Arla to draw up the charter which lays down guidelines for buy-to-let investors, mortgage lenders and letting agents.The charter sets out […]

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Needs musts

In the fourth in a series of articles looking at using technology efficiently to make time savings, I want to look at how IFAs ana-lyse client needs and, perhaps more important, the growing desire by clients to analyse their own needs online.Quay Associates, the IFA practice which forms the basis of research into the use […]


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