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Two-year fixes dip below bas rate

Up to one in 10 of the most competitive two-year fixedrate deals are now below the Bank of England base rate with the return of 4.99 per cent mortgage offers, says online broker mform.co.uk.

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Axa UK acquires employee support specialist ICAS

Axa UK has acquired ICAS International Holdings, a global provider of employee support and well-being services.Axa says the move will help its healthcare division, Axa PPP, to strengthen its presence in the growing market for employee support and well-being services.ICAS has over 900 corporate clients, 50 of which are multinational, and 1.5 million employees covered […]

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FSA spent £13m on consultants

The FSA paid out more than £13m in fees to external consultants last year.Top earners include Defaqto which was paid £1,330,494 and PriceWaterhouseCoopers which received £1,208,663. Other big beneficiaries were Mills & Reeve with £366,953, QI Consulting on £345,905, Concerto Consulting with £362,098 and KPMG £316,518.A freedom of information request made by Money Marketing shows […]

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