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Help to Buy 2 ‘operating at just 13% of capacity’

Help to Buy 2 is operating at just over a tenth of its capacity, according to new research by mortgage insurer Genworth. Chancellor George Osborne pledged the scheme could enable up to £130bn of lending over three years, equal to £43.3bn a year. However, Genworth’s analysis shows the scheme supported £5.7bn in 2014, just 13 […]

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Openwork launches chartered status study programme

Openwork is launching a study programme for advisers looking to attain chartered status. The Route to Chartered Status programme is open to principals, advisers and paraplanners. It will initially deliver face-to-face support at Openwork’s headquarters in Swindon, and subject to demand will offer face-to-face courses at a number of additional locations. Each advanced study module […]

MM leader: Shock election points to unstable future

As soon as that exit poll came out at the top of election night pointing towards a Conservative majority, the shock among political pundits (and indeed the electorate) was palpable. The pollsters, who had been widely forecasting a hung parliament, had to hastily rip up their predictions. The resounding support for the Tories, as well […]

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.

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