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Is the mortgage market crazy? Are borrowers being hit with unfair deals? Private Label executive chairman Stephen Knight certainly thinks so.

This week, Knight hit out at long-term fixed rates which lock borrowers in at the full variable rate after the fix has expired. Private Label has come up with a mortgage which avoids this. The problem is that, according to a press release, the fix is until 2993.

Er…a 995-year deal.

But what less could one expect from the mortgage guru who recently penned a tome called The Art of Marketing Mortgages?

Could it be true? It must be a mistake? But when The Diary called Knight&#39s PR agency Lansons, there was hardly consternation. We will have to check, came the answer.


Standard ads aim to be Calvin Klein of pensions

Standard Life is looking to become the Calvin Klein of the finance industry with a sexy advertising campaign targeted at young consumers. The life office claims it scored such a success with a pilot campaign run at the end of last year that it is now set to expand the campaign. Standard is reprinting the […]

Court extends pension rights for part-timers

The European Court of Justice has opened up the possibility of part-time workers applying for backdated pension payments. The court ruled last week that part-time workers can claim entitlements to pension benefits back to April 8, 1976. British law says companies have to backdate part-timers&#39 entitlements by only two years.

Directors facing big pension review fines

Directors of the PIA&#39s biggest member firms face hefty fines in four months if they continue to drag their heels over the pension misselling review. The PIA has brought forward individual registration for directors of its 92 biggest members in a bid to speed up the long-running review. The contracts come into force on May […]

Midas touch on GPP admin

Commercial Union is offering IFAs a group personal pension admin system accessed via the internet. CU says the Midas system is the first to allow administrators to benefit from the flexibility of the internet. It will give instant access to information on schemes and members. Midas will replace CU&#39s cheque and disk system of admin. […]

Derek Stuart: where to find value in the UK?

Derek discusses a number of Œself-help stories as examples of where he is finding good opportunities in the UK With the FTSE trading at historically high levels, many investors have questioned whether UK equities continue to offer value. But, as Derek points out, the headline figures mask many opportunities at a sector level. He has […]


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