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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 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 […]

Bonds going bust? Not so fast….

In recent months bond bears have been reinvigorated, and market commentary suggesting “the end of the bond (bull) market is near” has become commonplace. We think these comments are premature. Explaining the global government bond sell-off October has seen renewed pressure on global government bonds, initially provoked by a Bloomberg article suggesting that the ECB […]

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