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National Savings increases rates

National Savings is increasing the rates on its tax-free fixed rate products following a rise in gilt yields.

On a five year fixed rate savings bond, the annual rate is now at 4.7 per cent on investments of more than £50,000, up from 4.45 per cent. For a £20,000 five year bond the rate is up to 4.5 per cent from 0.25 per cent.


Independent view

We are in a business which is heavily dependent on good relationshipswith our clients. These relationships tend to be long term. That isfairly obvious, I suppose, because the products and services weprovide tend to be long term.There are few things better than to sit down with a customer you haveknown for many years to review […]

Towry Law warning letter on leaks is leaked

Towry Law is warning its staff that any further leaks to the mediawill “not be tolerated” and will be treated as gross misconductfollowing a spate of bad press in recent months.In a letter to all employees from group managing director JohnSimmonds, staff were reminded of his “increasing concern and angerabout negative coverage of Towry Law […]

Helpful distortion

It appears that among the reasons given by the FSA to abandonpolarisation is that it is a major market distortion. This does notconstitute a reason for change.In a free market, the powerful and well informed exploit the weaknessand ignorance of those with whom they deal. Before 1986, financialconsumers, who largely exhibit the latter qualities, had […]

ScotEq criticises IFAs over trust plans

IFAs could be neglecting their clients&#39 needs by failing to writemore investment bonds in trust, claims Scottish Equitable.Head of sales for personal investment Peter Bradshaw says many IFAsdo not take into account rapidly changing domestic situations andinheritance tax pitfalls when writing investment business.As a result, he claims IFAs are not only doing their clients adisservice […]

Leading Edge June – Investment panel debate

RLAM’s asset class specialists discuss some of the findings from the panel session at our recent Investment Conference. By Rob Williams, Head of Distribution Welcome to the latest edition of Leading Edge. It has been an eventful six months since the last e-zine. The European Central Bank announced ongoing stimulus measures, while the immigration crisis in Europe threw the […]


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