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Standard Life 0.5 per cent mortgage cut from December 1

Standard Life has announced a cut of 0.50 per cent on the standard variable rate of its Freestyle mortgage. With effect from 1 December, the rate will fall to 5.00 per cent from 5.50 per cent. The move is in response to the Bank of England’s decision last week to slash its base rate to 4.00 per cent from 4.50 per cent.


Assign of the times

Sheila is in her late 70s and has recently inherited a considerable amount of money from her late husband. A lot has already been redirected to her children by a deed of variation but she is still concerned about her inheritance tax position. Can you advise her? Sheila is in a comfortable position because of […]

CSFB hopes Tessa plan can be titanic

Credit Suisse First Boston Global Titans Tessa Plan Type: Capital protected Tessa only Isa. Aim: Growth. Minimum-maximum investment: £5,000-£9,000. Investment choice: 100 per cent in shares listed on the Dow Jones Global Titans index. Term: Five years. Guarantee: Capital returned in full at end of term. Return: Up to 55 per cent at end of […]

Booklet to explain complaint handling

The Financial Ombudsman Service is offering a new booklet to explain its role and complaints&#39 handling procedures to IFAs, insurers, banks and building societies.The booklet sets out the type of complaints that the ombudsman is able to deal with and gives advice on how firms should try to handle complaints before the service becomes involved.It […]

Farnish role is to aid the public

One of the most often quoted members of the regulator, at least in the consumer press, is Christine Farnish. As director of consumer affairs, she probably has a higher profile than anyone else at the FSA other than chairman Howard Davies.Her official mandate is to promote public understanding of financial services and products and to […]


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