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Lansdown renews interest in Invesco

Hargreaves Lansdown has put Invesco Perpetual back on its buy list after the company moved to quash speculation about the futures of fund managers Neil Woodford, Paul Causer and Paul Read.

Lock-ins affecting the three managers, who were with Perpetual before the merger, were due to expire this year but they have all agreed new long-term contracts believed to be for five years.

Woodford manages the Income funds with £5bn under management, while Causer and Read manage the corporate bond fund.


Estate agent franchise

Global estate agency ERA is launching a recruitment drive for IFAs, mortgage brokers and other intermediaries in a bid to create a 500-strong UK franchise operation.With 3,000 offices in 26 countries, it is encouraging small traders to join its franchise, allowing them to keep their independence and brand and use ERA&#39s services to grow an […]

Complainants welcome here

The FSA recently surveyed a number of consumers and found that 11 per cent had made a recent complaint to their financial services provider. This figure may be surprisingly low when one considers all the recent upheaval and catastrophes in the life and pensions industry. However, the worry is that this proportion of the survey […]

UnumProvident claims breakthrough with three-tier critical cover product

UnumProvident is looking to shake up the critical-illness cover market with an individual product which it claims could slash premiums by as much as 50 per cent.Elixia 123 has three tiers – life-threatening, disabling and traumatic – with premiums varying depending on the level of cover required.Policyholders can split the sum insured between the tiers […]

Melton Mowbray five-year fixed

Melton Mowbray five-year fixed Fixed term: 5 yearsFixed rate: 5.59% Minimum loan: £25,000Maximum loan: £500,000 to maximum 75% LTVIncome multiples: 3 x single, 2.5 x jointArrangement fee: £295Redemption fee: 6 month’s interest during fixed periodConditions: Refund of basic valuation feeIntroducer&#39s fee: £200Tel: 0797 120 9490


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