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Alliance & Leicester announces plant to join the buy-to-let market.The bank announced its intention to move into this new market in its half-year trading statement. A&L plans to offer BTL through its intermediary channel.Head of intermediary mortgages Mehrdad Yousefi says: “This news marks an exciting development for Alliance & Leicester Mortgages. While we continue to […]
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Financial advisers around the world face a new frontier of challenges, including increased fee pressures, tightening regulations, growing competition from automated advice platforms and continued market volatility. In order to better position themselves for business growth, advisers will need to assume three key roles. Click to download full article
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