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Lighthouse link-up on equity-release

Just Retirement’s equityrelease advice arm Just Retirement Solutions has entered into an agreement with Lighthouse Group that will see Lighthouse advisers refer equity-release clients to JRS.

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Polson quits ScotLife for Standard

Scottish Life head of corporate pensions Mark Polson is leaving the firm to join Standard Life Savings as head of corporate communications.Polson makes the move across Edinburgh in December after five years at ScotLife.He will be responsible for raising the profile of Standard’s platform business, including its wrap and fund supermarket Fundzone and will also […]

PPI proposes solution to means-test

The Government is being called on to introduce a “pension income disregard” to overcome the disincentive to save in personal accounts created by means-testing.A report by the Pensions Policy Institute, commissioned by BC&E Benefit Schemes, suggests disregarding the first £12 a week of private pension income in calculating entitlement to means-tested benefits.It says a single […]

GE Money Home Lending cuts BTL rates by 0.85 per cent

GE Money Home Lending has cut its buy to let rates by up to 0.85 per cent.Rates have been reduced by up to 0.85 per cent on two year fixed rates and 0.75 per cent on three-year fixed rate First National products at 100 per cent rental cover.GE Money Home Lending head of mortgage marketing […]

Sticking to valuation discipline when investing in China

Journalist Alexis Xydias discusses the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – of investing in China with Artemis fund manager Peter Saacke. With Peter holding significant positions in China in the Artemis funds he manages, journalist Alexis Xydias quizzes Peter on the risks of investing in Chinese stocks – including over-valuations, margin trading and financial reporting issues. Click here for video

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