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Skipton Building Society launches growth bond

Skipton Building Society is relaunching its two-year growth bond offering up to 20 per cent growth over the term.

The bond guarantees to return the investors initial capital in full, while providing the potential for capital growth linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 stockmarket index.

For every 1 per cent rise in the FTSE 100 index investors will receive a 1 per cent return, subject to an overall maximum of 20 per cent.

Skipton&#39s head of corporate communications Mark Smitheringale says: &#34Unlike investing directly in the stockmarket, there is no risk to the initial investment and no dealing costs, so it is ideal for the prudent investor at this time of low interest rates.&#34


Easy-Jet founder to offer internet banking

The founder of budget airline Easy-Jet is planning to launch an internet banking service according to today&#39s Financial Times.The service provisionally entitled Easy Money, will use internet technology to reduce the cost of banking.Although a telephone help desk would operate in parallel, all transactions would be conducted through the internet.Plans for the bank are currently […]

US company in move to wrest Swiss Re&#39s hold on reinsurance

Swiss Re&#39s dominance of the UK reinsurance market is to be challenged byworld top five player Reinsurance Group of America.RGA says it wants to hook up with “aggressive” life companies such asPrudential if its application for a trading licence is successful and seesIFAs as an essential part of the business chain.The licence is due to […]

FSA announces formation of Training Advisory Panel

The Financial Services Authority has announced its Training Advisory Panel.The panel is designed to provide advice to the FSA over training and competence issues and approval of industry examinations.The FSAs head of industry training David Jackman will chair the committee. The panel will consist of 14 industry practitioners including IFA Network managing director Nick Ansell […]

Norwich Union to enter offshore market

Norwich Union is planning to enter the offshore market with a range of long term investment products.The announcement comes after it was granted a licence by the Irish Development Authority to establish an international financial services company based in Dublin.The life office is aiming to launch a range of products within the first quarter of […]

FAMR – a familiar response

Pension specialist Fiona Tait takes a look at the Financial Advice Market Review and assesses the three areas where it suggests improvements can be made With significant budget changes ruled out (for a while anyway), the pension community briefly turned its attention to the FCA’s final report on its Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), hoping […]


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