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Pink offers stepped discount mortgage

Packager Pink Home Loans is launching a three year tiered discount mortgage funded by Staffordshire Building Society. In the first year of the loan borrowers pay a rate of 3.34 per cent, which increases to 4.34 per cent in year two and 5.34 per cent in year three. After the discount period expires the loan reverts to the society&#39s variable rate, which is currently 5.74 per cent. Brokers receive an introducer fee of 0.5 per cent.

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Newcastle relaunches 10 year fixed rate loan

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ScotEq Protect points to checking income cover levels after pay rises

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Survey looks at the challenges facing businesses post auto-enrolment

A survey conducted by Johnson Fleming at the Pension & Benefits Show 2014 highlighted the key challenges faced within organisations post auto-enrolment. The results showed that communicating the changes and the value of them to staff, and receiving timely data from the payroll provider proved to still be the most challenging aspects of managing an auto-enrolment scheme.

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