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Has the remortgage market woken from its slumber?

The remortgage market slump showed signs of ending in March as the number of loans advanced to borrowers increased year-on-year for the first time in 11 months. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, there were 26,600 loans to remortgage borrowers in March, up 6 per cent on March 2014’s 25,200. This was the first […]

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Advisers back away from DB transfers

Just one in four advisers are willing to work on transfers out of defined benefit pension schemes, boosting calls for new regulatory guidance. A survey of 248 advisers conducted by NMG Consulting found just 27 per cent would undertake DB transfers, while around half said they they would not. A quarter of respondents were undecided. […]

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Cover story: And they’re off

Almost three weeks on from pension freedoms finally “going live” we have just about enough information to see that the stampede to strip pots of cash originally feared has not transpired. Certainly the Government’s Pension Wise service has not been put under the strain first expected. A total of 1,800 appointments were booked by the time […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

Simple yet sophisticated: the benefits of DFM investing

Nick Georgiadis, Head of DFM at Cazenove Capital, describes the benefits of a discretionary approach to investing — it enables advisers to escape the burden of research, provides a more sophisticated investment solution and, most importantly, helps meet return objectives of clients with the lowest possible risk. He also explains how to overcome the challenges […]

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