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Nationwide tops public relations survey

Nationwide received more positive comment in the UK national press for the third month in succession and for the fifth month out of six.

Nationwide&#39s surprise 0.2 per cent mortgage rate cut meant that they scored more than twice as much as the next placed company, fund managers Fidelity. Its mini cash Isa, credit card, current account and overdraft also drew favourable comment, according to research by PressWatch Analysis for November 2000.

In third place was Legal & General, followed by Egg and then Norwich Union.

Bottom was Equitable Life, followed by Axa, Canada Life, Sun Life and FirstPlus.


HSBC preferred stakeholder supplier to shops association

HSBC has been chosen by the British Shops and Stores Association as its preferred supplier of stakeholder pensions when they are launched next April. BSSA has 3,200 members ranging from small family-run businesses to well known chain stores. They will now be able to offer HSBC&#39s stakeholder pension to 60,000 employees. HSBC will appoint a […]

Futureproof management charges set

Clerical Medical has unveiled a standard 1 per cent annual management charge across its new Futureproof range of individual pension plans. From the new year, the range will offer a 1 per cent charge on pre-stakeholderstyle personal pensions, free-standing additional voluntary contributions and executive pension plans. The move responds to market forces bringing all pre-retirement […]

Windsor act on liability annuities

Windsor Life Assurance is aiming to transform the personal liability compensation market with the launch of the UK&#39s first with-profits structured settlement annuity plan. Windsor, which predominantly operates on a closed-book basis, is launching the plan as it believes the introduction of a with-profits product could improve annuities by up to 69 per cent over […]

Flexi mortgages set to dominate in the near future

The year of the millennium was hardly a landmark for mortgages. After a flurry of product innovation in preceding years nothing really new appeared during 2000. The flexible mortgage continued its march towards market dominance but Standard Life Bank did not repeat their major market success of 1999. It didn&#39t take the others very long […]

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]


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