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Merrill sponsors Chelsea

Giant fund manager Merrill Lynch is to sponsor this year&#39s Chelsea flower show. The four year deal, will last until the Royal Horticultural Society&#39s bicenteniary year in 2004. As part of the deal, Merrill will have its own show garden.


Exclusive launches mortgages

Mortgage packaging network Exclusive Connections is launching two mortgages funded by Bristol & West. The first is a discount mortgage offering a 1.55 per cent discount off the standard variable rate of 7.74 per cent until November 2002 and is available to employed, self-employed and first-time buyers. There is also a fixed rate mortgage at […]

Retirement homes

What has happened to financial services recently? Endowments vilified as shambolic, pension salespeople as commission-hungry leeches preying on the vulnerable and condemning clients to a Siberian retirement.There is more to come on with-profits bonds, FSAVCs and income drawdown. People need money for retirement – is it time to consider an historic favourite again?Residential property has […]

Look beyond headline rants on with-profits

As a long-term champion of with-profits annuities – Prudential Annuities introduced them to the IFA market in 1991 – I was naturally concerned to read the headline, CII warns of looming with-profits scandal, in the October 12 issue of Money Marketing.Unfortunately, the CII report to which this headline refers is not yet published so it […]


Theoretically, by the time you read this, we should have some idea as to whether our industry is going to be reshaped. Will the current regime be frozen or is there going to be meltdown?By Hallowe&#39en, a day for tricks or treats (and, co-incidentally, my birthday – I&#39m 29!) – the FSA is due to […]

Tax year-end planning with the family

From the Technical team at Prudential Let’s face it, many aspects of financial planning involve a lot of technical detail. At our face-to-face events, we’ve had great success bringing these technical topics to life through the use of practical case studies. Meet the family Prudential’s Planning Matters hub brings together a fictional family and explores […]


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