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Willetts joins Punter Southall

Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary David Willetts has joined Punter Southall as senior policy adviser. Willetts was Shadow Work and Pen-sions Secretary before taking on the new post in May.

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Barclays has selected Assur-eweb as the portal to be used by its 800 financial planning advisers who previously used The Exchange. It is the second-biggest deal from the portal since it was bought by five providers in July. It says a number of deals are also in the pipeline. Assureweb will provide a comparative quotation […]

Equal Partners adding IFAs as business grows

London IFA Equal Partners is looking to recruit two more IFAs due to rapid client growth. It wants to encourage women into the firm and it is seeing a lot of referrals bringing in female clients. Managing director Vivienne Starkey believes women should not be set apart from men in the adviser community but understands […]

Pru fixes lifetime loan rate at 6.45%

Prudential has set the fixed rate on its lifetime mortgage property value release plan at 6.45 per cent. The valuation fee is from 209 to 529 depending on property value but will be waived for customers submitting applications before March 31, 2006. Commission is either 400 or 1 per cent of the initial loan, whichever […]

Protection rates likely to rise in wake of hurricane

Life and protection rates are likely to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, says Scottish Widows marketing director, protection, Nick Kirwan. He predicts that rates will inevitably be raised in the UK as well as the US, as reinsurers face a massive hit on capital and a reduction in capacity. Other insurers say they […]

Burnett: what needs to happen for value to start performing again?

Value stocks have significantly underperformed growth stocks in Europe in the past decade. However, Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund, believes we are now approaching an inflection point. Watch the video below to find out more. In the video, Rob discusses: How low inflation and loose monetary policy since the global financial […]

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