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Schroders calls for product comparison

Schroders has suggested that IFAs should be required to provide clients with a minimum number of comparable products when recommending investments. It supports a strong independent advice market but advocates a greater degree of regulation.

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NatWest and RBS are acquiring a 12.75 per cent stake in trading platform Mortgage Brain in a move which will see it co-own the company with Nationwide, Halifax and Alliance & Leicester.The UK&#39s second-biggest bank says it is poised to buy an equal share in the platform for an undisclosed sum in a bid to […]

Short-term fix from ICMG

Insurance Company Mortgage Group (ICMG) has introduced a one-year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgage.The mortgage is fixed at 3.99 per cent until September 3, 2002 and is available to all borrowers for loans of up to 80 per cent of valuation. Any number of properties can be bought within a total advance of £1m.There is an […]

Prosser in call for with-profits Catmark

Legal & General chief executive David Prosser is calling for with-profits products to be Catmarked as part of a more constructive relationship with the Government.It was also revealed this week that the ABI wants to include new rules on the operation of with-profits under stakeholder and exactly what is included within 1 per cent under […]

Downing & Electra arrive early

Downing Corporate Finance has teamed up with Electra Partners for the introduction of the Electra kingsway venture capital trust (VCT). Product providers usually showcase VCTs at the end of the tax year, but they are having compete earlier this year because there is a lot of uncertainty and less money going into stockmarket investments. Electra […]

India correction: a terrific entry point?

By Kunal Desai, head of Indian Equities, Neptune A key concern for investors who were looking at India afresh has been the rich valuations and strong prior performance. We view the correction in the market through short-term growth concerns from demonetisation as a terrific entry point for the long-term investor. Investors should not be overly concerned […]

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