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Mortgage Intelligence launches personal loan service

Broker club Mortgage Intelligence is launching into personal loans through partnerships with Halifax and the Royal Bank of Scotland which means its members can offer their clients loans as well as mortgages. Halifax will pay brokers a procuration fee of one per cent of the loan amount while RBS will make a flat payment of £200. MI believes this will help brokers meet clients&#39 needs as many people look to take out a loan shortly after their first mortgage.


Council tax set to rise for second properties

Owners of second homes face a rise in council tax payments if the Government allows local authorities to scrap the discount system that they currently offer.Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has given the go-ahead to remove the 50 per cent discount offered to owners of second homes. The move could raise £200m for local authorities.But […]

IN Partnership appoints Inter-Alliance investment specialist

IFA network In Partnership is appointing Skandia Life founder Malcolm Wanless as director of investment and estate planning. Wanless, who has worked in financial services for 28 years, joins In Partnership from Inter-Alliance where he was group investment specialist.

I have a dream…

A journalist recently asked me what I would do if I were in charge of Government pension policy. This is, of course, a lot more difficult than just telling the Government what it is doing wrong.Perhaps it is easiest to start by saying what I would not (or could not) change. The Government is not […]

Hotter than July for &#39revolutionary&#39 review

The industry is bracing itself for the publication of Ron Sandler&#39s Treasury-commissioned review of medium and long-term retail savings in early July.Senior industry figures are predicting the first two weeks of July as the likely time for publication of the eagerly awaited and feared report, saying that Sandler&#39s diary is known to contain a string […]

Partied out and penniless

December has left me destitute. My piggy bank lies broken and empty, my lunchtime meal deal feels like an extravagant expense and I’m down to the Bountys in my box of Celebrations. But I won’t mourn my dearly departed pennies. Between buying gifts for loved ones (then deciding to keep them for myself) to treating […]


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