Sesame has negotiated a 10 per cent average reduction in professional indemnity ins-urance for its members. The deal has been struck with professional indemnity insurance broker Windsor, which already supplies PI cover to the majority of Sesame members. The agreement comes after a 15 per cent reduction last year. Sesame says it expects further cuts […]
Actuarial and pension specialists Wolanski & Co and CheckleyFisher have merged to create Wolanski CheckleyFisher. Both firms specialise in corporate pensions and the combined firm will create a new player in the actuarial market, made up of seven fully-qualified owner-manager actuaries.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has revealed a drop in remortgages. Data for March shows that remortgaging accounted for 36 per cent or 10.3bn of lending which is 5 per cent less than in February and 10 per cent lower than March 2005. Despite the fluctuations, the CML says remortgaging remains a significant part of […]
West Bromwich Building Society is setting up a separate intermediary arm as it looks to boost business from brokers. West Brom For Intermediaries will be unveiled next week and follows the trend set by Britannia, Portman, Yorkshire and Derbyshire building societies which have all created separate brands for intermediary business. The lender wrote 968m of […]
By Kim Jarvis, Canada Life In this article we look at which forms personal representatives (PRs) need to complete and who actually pays inheritance tax (IHT). To recap, under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), currently £325,000, is taxed at zero. Anything in excess of the NRB […]
After allegedly silencing a whistleblower who wrote an internal report criticising Lloyds Banking Group’s handling of fraud, Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to reopen the case, The Financial Times reports. Using her insight from working as an employee in the bank’s high-risk division, Sally Masterton claimed that some of HBOS’ executives from the Reading branch […]
The Money Advice Service’s Retirement Adviser Directory now has more than 7,000 advisers listed, the guidance body has revealed. A total of 3,719 firms are now part of the directory, MAS says in its final annual report before merging with The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise later this year to create a new single […]