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Mastek appoints Le Beau to board

India-based IT services specialist Mastek UK is appointing Le Beau Visage founder Peter Le Beau to its advisory board. Le Beau was formerly head of marketing at Swiss Re before setting up the consultancy.


&#39Bondholders in the dark over pledges of no MVRs&#39

Life offices are keeping quiet on guarantees of no market value reductions on with-profits bonds sold in the 1990s that could put reserves under pressure. A report on MVRs by Chartwell Investment Management claims Scottish Provident, Clerical Medical, AMP NPI, Britannic Assurance, CIS, Legal & General, Liverpool Victoria, MGM Assurance, Pearl, Royal & Sun Alliance, […]

Rentals falling as prices rise for BTL buyers

Paragon Mortgages monthly buy-to-let index says house prices continue to rise in line with renewed activity in the market but rental incomes are falling. The index shows a 1.43 per cent rise in landlord property values in July following a 5.54 per cent increase in June. The average property now costs landlords £119,587 compared with […]

Quality mark

Concerning Broker Talkback in the August 14 edition of Money Marketing, I would like to correct an apparent misunderstanding regarding the use of risk assessment specialists and take the opportunity to explain our underwriting philosophy. Magian Underwriting seeks specialist risk assessment reports on a small proportion of the firms which are proposed to us and, […]


Do you agree with Alan Pickering that Isas are better than pensions for people who think that they may receive meanstested benefits in retirement ? “Yes, because of their flexibility and higher income potential.” Nigel Sanders, Choice Investment Services“Yes. When the stockmarket picks up, Isas could be preferable.” Alan Downs, Collingwood Financial Consultants“Yes, because of […]


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