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Standard Life Bank cuts mortgage rate

Standard Life Bank is cutting its standard variable rate for its freestyle mortgage to 5.75 per cent from 6 per cent from October 15, following last week&#39s cut by the Bank of England.

Standard Life Bank Bank managing director Neil Ross says: “This is good news for our all our mortgage customers. Our new mortgage rate re-affirms our commitment to giving our customers a better deal.”

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AIG breathes Life into bond

AIG Life has unveiled the capital portfolio bond, a unit-linked bond enabling IFAs to tailor investment portfolios to different risk profiles and investment objectives.Investors get access to a range of AIG Life guaranteed funds, tracker funds and its cash fund. Fifty-seven external funds from managers such as Aberdeen, Fidelity and Gartmore are also available. These […]

Standard will run NHS stakeholders

Standard Life has been appointed as the designated stakeholder and group AVC provider for the Civil Service and National Health Service. About 960,000 NHS staff will have access to Standard Life stakeholder or AVC products as well as 490,000 Civil Service employees. Standard says the NHS schemes will potentially be the biggest it will manage. […]

Watchdog Merricks defends polarisation

Chief financial ombudsman Walter Merricks has defended polarisation, claiming scrapping it in favour of multi-ties would “muddy the waters”, leaving consumers confused about who to complain to if things go wrong. Speaking at the Institute of Financial Planning Conference, Merricks also said the “industry is getting exhausted” with ongoing consultations from the Treasury and the […]

RAM rebrands for retail market

Rothschild Asset Management is relaunching into the retail market, with a national advertising campaign that will promote its new brand, “Five Arrows – the investment funds of Rothschild”.RAM is launching a Five Arrows monthly income fund to enhance its Oeic offering and is rebranding its Five arrow private portfolio service as the Five Arrows wealth […]

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Our client is a leading video game and publishing company best known for its console role-playing game franchises. The client provides a number of benefits, at varying levels and cost that attract a P11d liability. With the absence of a management log to track data for benefit movements, enormous administrative and therefore cost implications were occurring each year just to comply with P11d reporting requirements.

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