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Nationwide leads way on cheaper mortgage products

Nationwide is launching three-year and five-year fixed-rate mortgages at 5.49 per cent and 5.79 per cent respectively.

Both products offer 90 per cent loan to value and have an introduction fee of £295.

Both Portman Building Society and Private Label are following Nationwide&#39s lead.

Private Label is introducing two-year, four-year, five-year and seven-year fixed-rate mortgages at 6.25 per cent, 6.35 per cent, 5.75 per cent and 6.49 per cent respectively.

All products have a £165 introduction fee.

Portman is cutting its standard variable rate for mortgages by 0.45 per cent to 8.1 per cent.

It is holding the interest rates of its Fixed Interest Bond and ISA Start Account and cutting the rate on its Instant Access Account by 0.35 to 5.25 per cent and its 90 Day Notice Account by 0.1 per cent to 5.5 per cent.


Britannia offers free employment insurance on two capped rate mortgages

Britannia Building Society is rolling out two capped-rate mortgages with free unemployment insurance for the first year.The first product is capped for four years at 6.99 per cent. There is a redemption penalty which runs for the term of the cap and there is no arrangement fee.The second product is also capped for four years […]

Scot Am cuts GPP charges for schemes with over 25 members

Scottish Amicable is cutting the annual membership charge on its group personal pension contracts for schemes with more than 25 members.The life office is reducing its charge to £18 from £30 with effect from November 16.The life office claims it has formed a dedicated scheme design team to help customise GPPs and tailor them to […]

Microsoft imports its professional development conference from the US

Microsoft is importing its Professional Developer Conference from Denver Colorado to Birmingham and is advising IFAs to book early as the US event attracted over 6500.The conference which promises the best bits of the US version takes place on December 4.The one-day event will focus on application development within Windows 2000. Microsoft says the new […]

Hogg Robinson restructures business into three units

IFA Hogg Robinson has announced a restructuring of its financial services arm into three new businesses.Advizas with deal with IFAs, Paymaster will deal with outsourced payments and processing and Entegria with benefits consulting.Chief executive David Radcliffe says: &#34Companies are seeking to reduce costs and maximise efficiency. The new structure will enable the individually branded businesses […]

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Considerations for overseas workers in Germany

With Germany’s strong economic growth leading the eurozone’s recovery, many UK businesses are keen to be part of the success story: recent data shows that there are currently more than 280,000* employees working for a UK-controlled company in the country.


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