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Stakeholder is forcing charges down, says research

Financial analyst the Research Department says anticipation of Stakeholder pensions is galvanising the pension industry into reducing charges.

Group Personal Pension providers have started introducing schemes within Stakeholder&#39s 1 per cent maximum annual charge.

TRD says this will greatly increase fund values in the early years of a fund&#39s set-up.

TRD dot com Director Mark Hayes-Newington says: “Well-known companies such as NPI, Scottish Amicable, Scottish Mutual, Friends Provident and Royal and SunAlliance have already repriced their GPP policies downwards. However, there remains considerable variations between pension providers, with some apparently oblivious to the changes that are taking place around them”.


Equity-based Isas surge despite warnings

Volatile world stock markets failed to deter UK investors from investing a bumper amount in equity-based Isas in February. Gross sales of equity ISAs totalled £1.07bn in February, which was up 59 per cent on January sales, according to the Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds.Although the figure is slightly less than the amount […]

Two month high for mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals reached their highest levels for nearly two and half years last month according to figures from the Bank of England.The figures show the number approvals were upto 105,000 in February from 94,000 in Janaury. February&#39s figure highest since the method of collection was redefined in October 1997.The approvals figures, which is above the […]

C&G says 90&#39s housing surge does not compare to 80&#39s boom

A Cheltenham & Gloucester survey says the current explosion of the housing market does not compare with the 1980&#39s boom. The affordability index says single income homebuyers will typically be spending 39.3 per cent of their take-home pay on their mortgage by the end of the year. But at the peak of the last boom […]

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