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M&G outsources retail admin

Fund manager M&G is outsourcing its retail admin service to International Financial Data Services. Following a review of its IT systems platform, M&G has decided to transfer its admin functions to IFDS by the end of the third quarter in 2003. All areas of customer and intermediary contact will remain in-house.

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Lifeboat forms partnership with Domain

Lifeboat Financial Group has entered into a partnership with mortgage network Domain Financial.The exclusive partnership will enable Domain to offer mortgage expertise to Lifeboat advisers will Lifeboat will offer protection to Domain intermediaries.Domain and Lifeboat aim to expand rapidly to become one of the major players in the market within the next few years.

Premier offers bond for all seasons

Premier Fund Managers has introduced the second Premier protected growth plan, a guaranteed equity bond that has a six-year term which could mature earlier.The bond is linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 index and investors are guaranteed the return of the original capital whatever happens to the index. The closing level of the […]

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L&G warns homeowners do not have enough mortgage protection

Only 36 per cent of homeowners have protected their mortgages with payment protection insurance or critical illness cover, according to Legal & General’ Moving Intentions survey. The research carried out in September shows 21 per cent of mortgage holders have payment protection insurance, 4 per cent have critical illness cover and a further 11 per […]

FSA is marked down after poor first year

The FSA has been told it must do better in an end of year report card marked by major trade bodies, influential politicians and senior industry figures.Compiled by Money Marketing, the report card shows that while some admit that the regulator has done a reasonable job in 2002, most believe it must try harder to […]

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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