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Scrummy stocking fillers

A big thumbs-up to those cheeky rugger boys from Clerical Medical. Last year&#39s winners of the life insurance challenge – the Preece Competition – are pictured in a 2004 calendar in a series of suggestive poses with strategically positioned rugby balls.

At £5, which goes to HBOS&#39s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the calendar is a perfect stocking filler, the Diary thinks.


Countrywide proposes sale of life assurance operations

Countrywide Assured has proposed the sale or demerger of its life assurance operations. It believes there is no longer any compelling reason for the life business to remain part of the group, as the capital requirements and investment propostions of the two businesses are entirely different. It says that since it substantially closed the life […]

Leeds & Holbeck offers fixed fortunes

LEEDS & HOLBECK 25-YEAR FIXED RATE MORTGAGE Type: Fixed-rate mortgage Fixed term: Until March 1, 2029 Fixed rate: 5.99% Minimum loan: £25,000 Maximum loan: Up to 90% of valuation subject to a maximum of £300,000, up to 85% of valuation subject to a maximum of £400,000, up to 80% of valuation subject to a maximum […]

Muddled thinking on making pension provision

I read with interest Richard Gillingham&#39s letter (Money Marketing, November 13) in response to Lorna Bourke&#39s article on pensions. The article referred to calculations carried out by actuaries at Mercer Human Resources which indicated that a pension fund of £180,000 needed to be accumulated by the age of 65 to provide the equivalent to the […]

Canada Life revamp focuses on IFAs

Canada Life is restructuring its sales process to focus on helping IFAs. The move comes as the company raises its individual income protection rates by an average of 40 per cent to stem demand while it carries out a review of the product. The restructure sees Canada Life cut its account managers from 65 to […]


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