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Nationwide BS rewards members with savings bond

Nationwide is launching a new three year fixed rate bond to celebrate the passage of 50 years since the Queen&#39s coronation.

The bond will pay a rate of 4.50 per cent gross a year or monthly interest of 4.25 per cent gross a year.

Maximum investment is £5,000, while the minimum is £1.

It is intended to be a reward for the building society&#39s members of over three years standing, and is the sixth time in five years that such an opportunity has been held out to long term members.


Schroders hedges for SAIF bet

Schroders Private Bank has added a more aggressive hedge fund of funds to its Schroder alternative investment funds (SAIF) range. SAIF Blue Mountain aims for returns of between 10 per cent and 15 per cent a year by investing in eight to 12 hedge funds on a global basis. In contrast, SAIF Blue Sea produces […]

MM survey shows 25-year WP values falling by 19%

The trend in falling maturity values for 25-year with-profits endowments continues unabated, according to the latest Money Marketing Online with-profits survey.The survey shows that the average maturity value of a 25-year endowment with a monthly premium of £20 has dropped by 19 per cent to £27,707 from £34,371 last year.It also reveals that of the […]

Corporate PMI sales up says ABI

Private medical insurance is proving increasingly popular despite the record sums poured into the NHS by the Government as UK businesses continue to provide corporate private medical insurance for their staff. At the end of 2002 over 6.7 million people, 11.4 per cent of the UK population, had private medical insurance either through their employer […]

Threadneedle bond specialist Bacon to retire early

Ted Bacon, head of Threadneedle&#39s investment-grade corporate bond team, is taking early retirement due to ill health.Bacon, who managed the strategic and UK corporate bond funds in addition to heading the high-quality bond division, will retire at the end of June after more than 18 years with the group.He will be replaced on the strategic […]


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