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West Brom offers Shariah CTF

West Bromwich Building Society has set up a Shariah-compliant child trust fund. The baby bond will invest in shares on the FTSE Global Islamic index.


Workers may strike over retirement age

Unions representing 1.5 million local council workers are to ballot for strike action over plans to raise their retirement age from 60 to 65. These workers were excluded from DTI Secretary Alan Johnson’s deal with other public sector workers.

Yorkshire to launch new 10-year fixed rate mortgage

Yorkshire Building Society is launching a new 10-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.69 per cent.The deal will be available in branch, online and by telephone from Friday January 27.Interest is charged daily, and loans are available up to 95 per cent LTV. ASU insurance is included free for the first six months.There is a 495 […]

Reining in the cowboy culture

Are endowment-chasing firms operating in the Wild West of financial services? Some of the stories emerging from the the sector would suggest as much.

FundsNetwork appoints Nic Burton as head of insured propositions

FundsNetwork has appointed Nic Burton from Scottish Widows as head of insured propositions. At Scottish Widows Burton managed savings and investment products for the UK IFA market, as well as structured and guaranteed products through the bancassurance channel at Lloyds TSB.Burton will have management responsibilty for the platform’s recently launched onshore bond, and planned offshore […]

Auto-enrolment: tips for employers

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has released advice on communications for employers, including three tips to help you with your auto-enrolment duties. 1. Allow enough time to select your pension schemeIt’s recommended that you start to prepare for auto-enrolment at least 12 months in advance of your staging date; additionally, give yourself time to choose the […]


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