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Scot Am runs mortgage roadshow for IFAs

Scottish Amicable is running a mortgage roadshow for IFAs across the country throughout May and June. Each roadshow will have lender presentations on topics including regulation, seller&#39s packs, e-commerce and the future of the mortgage market. There will also be discussion forums focusing on equity release and the sub-prime and buy-to-let markets. The roadshow begins on 9 May at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds and ends on 14 June in Bristol.

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The FSA has climbed down on its ban over IFAs being paid commission on stakeholder when life office representatives take IFA clients through decision trees.The move is a victory for Aifa and IFAs whose lobbying contributed to the FSA&#39s Regulatory Update 88 which confirms that IFAs will be paid for their advice even if life […]

HSBC takes the hedge fund of funds approach

HSBC is going continental with the arrival of its European absolute fund.Based in Guernsey and listed on the London and Channel Islands exchanges, the fund is an offshore investment trust that will be run by HSBC&#39s international private banking arm HSBC Republic. The fund is aimed at high net worth individuals who are looking for […]

Skipton bid to help businesses hit by foot and mouth

Skipton Building Society is launching a national campaign to offer financial support to rural businesses affected by the foot and mouth epidemic.It is urging banks and building societies to follow its lead to help businesses affec-ted such as farming, tourism, catering and haulage.Skipton is pledging to suspend mortgage payments to borrowers in difficulties and will […]

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The Government would do well to keep a low profile on promoting stakeholder pension if it does not want to find itself accused of pushing people into loss-making investments.If, as seems likely, employees find when they receive their annual stakeholder statement this time next year that they have lost money, the vast majority will abandon […]

The Merchants Trust PLC – April 2017

Welcome to the latest update for The Merchants Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Simon Gergel. Portfolio Review The Merchants Trust reported results this month and the directors were pleased to announce a 35th consecutive year of dividend growth (subject to shareholder approval at the AGM). The Company is proud to be highlighted as […]

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