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Isa sales boost

Isa sales are set to match those of Peps, according to figures by the Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds.

April 1999 launched Isas saw gross sales of £5.5bn up to the end of December, compared with Peps which saw gross sales of £7.5bn in the same period of 1998.

Autif director-general Philip Warland believes Isa sales might pick up in the closing months of the tax year. He says: “I think the jury is still out on the sales performance of Isas. I do not think they will be substantially down over the whole tax year.”


Calls to toughen up mortgage regulation

The Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Consumers&#39 Association has hit out against the Government&#39s latest mortgage reform announcements.Both organisations fear the plans to regulate lenders but leave advisers outside of FSA monitoring do not go far enough.CML director general Michael Coogan says: “There are still many pieces of the regulatory jigsaw to slot into […]

Trees and IFAs take same root

Consumers using decision trees and IFAs using their knowledge reach exactly the same conclusion over the best stakeholder for them, according to an FSA pilot test.Speaking Money Marketing&#39s stakeholder conference, FSA policy offier Keith Matthews unveiled findings from FSA market research which compared a panel of 40 consumers drawn from different social backgrounds with a […]

BoS raises bid stakes

Bank of Scotland has boosted its bid for National Westminster Bank, heralding a bloody final bout with rival Royal Bank of Scotland.BoS shares have risen 17.5 p to 678p, now valuing Natwest at £2.7bn above RBS&#39s bid at £24.8bn. The figure is £3.4bn ahead of Natwest&#39s market value.City experts expect both banks will raise their […]

GPP squeeze on with-profits

Thousands of employers may be forced to abandon existing group personal pensions in favour of stakeholder if the Government excludes with-profit funds from its proposals.The life industry fears predictions of a GPP bonanza will prove unfounded as they are caught out by the fact the Government regards market value adjusters as an “exit penalty”.The Government&#39s […]

Life cover for life

Jennifer Gilchrist Proposition Lead – Design, Royal London When someone mentions whole of life plans, most people will think of a niche product that serves as an inheritance tax planning tool for high-net-worth clients. And it’s really not surprising they’ve been pigeonholed in that way because before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more […]


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