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Strang quits Countrywide for Limra

Former Countrywide head of research George Strang has left the 800-member network to take up a position with the Life Insurance Market Research Association. Strang, 48, has been appointed as Limra&#39s director of research.

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Yorkshire Building Society is offering two Mig-free products up to 95 per cent loan to value. It is giving borrowers the option of a product without a Mig but with a higher interest rate or a product with a lower rate and a Mig. A four-year cap at 7.35 per cent and a five-year fix […]

OFT will probe advice to elderly and disabled

The Office of Fair Trading is to investigate the role of IFAs in the misselling of financial services to vulnerable consumers. The inquiry, launched this week, will focus on the selling of banking, credit, insurance, savings and other financial services to elderly and disabled people. It will also cover low-income consumers and people whose first […]

Pearl backs F1 team with £1m

Pearl is to sponsor British Grand Prix team Jordan in a deal worth £1m. Pearl&#39s name will be seen on drivers Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher&#39s cars next season. Its staff will be given free trips to Grand Prix races. Head of PR Ken McKay says: “We used to sponsor snooker in the days that […]

Colonial term cover available on CTP

Colonial has launched its term insurance product to IFAs via The Exchange&#39s Common Trading Platform. Colonial offers a rate of £7.85 a month for a non-smoking man aged 30 next birthday for a sum assured of £50,000 for 25 years. Commission is 140 per cent of Lautro rates.

Identifying best-in-class UK stocks — Mark Martin, Neptune UK Opportunities Fund

FE Alpha Manager Mark Martin assumed management of the multi-cap UK Opportunities Fund at the beginning of February. As manager of the highly regarded UK Mid Cap Fund, Martin has begun restructuring the new portfolio to focus on our very best UK stock ideas from across the FTSE All-Share Index. In this video, update Martin addresses:

– Themes informing the UK Opportunities Fund
– The multi-cap structure of the fund
– UK equity valuations

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