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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 allow savers to withdraw funds in notice accounts without charging a fee.

It is using its 80-branch network and head office as collection points for people wanting to donate money to charities supporting victims of the effects of the epidemic.


Merrill Lynch Investment Managers – MST World Telecoms

Friday, 27 April.Type: Sicav.Aim: Growth by investing in leading telecoms, telecoms equipment and telecoms related software and service companies.Minimum investment: $5,000.Place of registration: Luxemburg.Investment split: US 40 per cent, Europe 40 per cent, Asia 10 per cent, other 10 per cent.Isa link: No.Charges: Initial up to 5 per cent, annual 1.75 per cent.Commission: None.Tel: 020 […]

A brief history of regulation

When the insurance industry was unfettered by regulation of any kind and proclaimed to operate on principles of utmost good faith, the perception was that it was desirable to “get the strength of the insurance companies around you”. Remember the advertisement?Endowments were the recognised way to provide for the eventual payment of homeloans and other […]

ScotAm exits endowments as sales continue to slide

Skandia&#39s London marathon team all made it round the course last weekend, raising around £60,000 for charity Get Kids Going.The team of 32 included Money Marketing journalists James Daley and Rachel Stevenson, runners from Fidelity and Threadneedle and IFA Torquil Clark pensions development manager Tom McPhail.McPhail completed the course in 3hrs 43mins while Skandia pensions […]

Furness Building Society – FirstRate

Monday, 23 April 2001.Type: Accident, sickness and unemployment insurance.Maximum benefit: £1,500 a month or 65 per cent of income, whichever is lower.Benefit payment term: 12 months.Deferred period: 30 days.Premium: £3.95 per £100. Free cover for 12 months for new mortgage borrowers.Commission: None.Tel: 0800 834312.

Finding security in bond markets

Martin Foden, head of credit research at Royal London Asset Management, explores the role of secured bonds, considering the impact of default and the characteristics of secured bonds versus supranationals and highlighting some examples. He also examines the evolution of the credit market and rating agency inefficiencies. Read the article in full: The value of […]


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