Scottish Widows Bank has launched a new key worker mortgage as a rival to the Government’s own Open Market Homebuy scheme.The product will give key workers the opportunity to buy their own home outright, rather than just part owning it. It will also offer homebuyers the choice to buy with 102 per cent LTV, which […]
Norwich Union has doubled the size of its large case administration team.The department, which is designed to provide accessible, expert support to advisers writing larger sums assured, now has 14 staff and handles around 200 cases a week, which equates to a total of £5 billion worth of business underwritten annually.NU head of protection customer […]
Aviva policyholder advocate Clare Spottiswoode has extended the deadline for completing talks with Norwich Union over reattribution of the inherited estate of two of its with-profits funds from early next year until later in2008.
By Kim Jarvis, technical manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team In this article we look at the main exemptions and reliefs that are available on death. Within the article, spouse also means civil partner. Nil-rate band Under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), […]
Advice giant St James’s Place will block access to its investment platform for 10 days while it migrates services to a new provider. SJP tells Money Marketing that the work will affect online service ability for clients between 19 October and 29 October. A spokesman says: “SJP will carry out essential maintenance to our systems as part […]
This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]
There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]