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Markets continue plunge at 3pm

The FTSE100 has continued its steep descent losing 7.33 per cent since today’s opening.

The panic selling, mirrored on stock exchanges round the world, means that the FTSE100 has lost nearly 900 points since last week’s atrocity in America.

Plan Invest joint managing director Mike Owen says: "All of us expected a sharp fall on Wall Street when it reopened. I think all the bad news is being thrown at the market now, but I hope there will soon be scope for a rally. This is an irrational phase — it is very difficult for investors to hold their nerve when everyone else is panicking but it is still the best policy.


Skipton Guernsey brings in guaranteed bond

SKIPTON GUERNSEY5 Year Guaranteed Growth BondType: Offshore guaranteed growth bond.Aim: Growth linked to FTSE 100 index. Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000.Place of registration: Guernsey. Investment split: 100 per cent in growth bond.Guarantee: Capital returned in full at end of term along with 26 per cent growth regardless of movement in index.Isa link: No. Charges: None. […]

Proof of pudding is consistency

Is it time to change the script that says software is centre stage in the research process and that the curtain should be drawn on product panels?Over the last two weeks, I have concentrated on the necessary depth of product and provider research behind the IFA proposition. I have also suggested an approach to research […]

FSA welcomes Equitable compromise proposal

The FSA is keeping Equitable’s financial position under continuous review and has obtained it own legal advice about the size of mis-selling claims.It says without the compromise, the outlook for the with-profits fund is further uncertainty and instability. It believes the scheme published today is a ‘sensible basis’ on which to consult policyholders and says […]

Mansfield undercuts the opposition

Mansfield Building Society has undercut the opposition with its five-year discount mortgage.Mansfield has given the mortgage a discount rate that steps down over the first five years of the loan. For the first year it has a 2.5 per cent discount, for the second year it has a 1.5 per cent discount, for the third […]


Guide: what you need to consider for your auto-enrolment project

In this guide, Johnson Fleming reveals what items you need to understand to gauge the impact of auto-enrolment on your business. The guide focuses on: the impact that your auto-enrolment scheme will have on you; assessing your workforce; understanding your staging date; reviewing your current provision; and modelling contribution levels and costs.


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