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Yorkshire steps in to help borrowers

Yorkshire Building Society is offering the latest tranche of its limited issue stepped-rate mortgage but availability is restric- ted to existing borrowers.

It has been launched to coincide with the end date of the society’s low fixed-rate deals to help borrowers bridge the payment difference when moving from their fix.

The mortgage will be charged at 3.99 per cent fixed for the first year and 4.69 fixed for the second year.

The society says many borrowers have been paying 3.29 per cent for the last two years but will transfer to 6.6 per cent at the end of the month if they do not take action.

Product manager Karen Miller says: “As we have more than 3,300 borrowers coming to the end of a special rate deal next month, it was important for us to provide a good value mortgage option that would help with the inevitable increase in mortgage payments. The new stepped-rate mortgage should be a great solution but funding for this product is limited so interested borrowers should contact us without delay.”


Jupiter opens staff fund to public

Jupiter is to open its staff investment funds to the public under the name Merlin Balanced, aligning it with its three other Merlin vehicles managed by John Chatfeild Roberts. The 41m Jupiter Neptune fund, as it has been historically known, houses money paid to Jupiter employees following the take-over of the group by Commerzbank.

Nothing ventured

A long-time client once had a great opportunity to get a new business off the ground through selling part of the firm to a venture capital outfit. Like most relationships, it started well but soon there were problems as he found himself with competition from within.

Supermart adds seven recently launched funds and chart tool

FundsNetwork has added seven funds to its platform and has set up a market chronicle allowing advisers to chart fund performance over 75 years. The new funds are some of the higher-profile launches of the last six months. They are the Artemis strategic bond, managed by James Foster and Alex Ralph, Britannic Argonaut European alpha, […]

Aegon recovers in Q2

Aegon’s life and pension sales bounced back strongly in the second quarter of 2005. Sales in Q1 took a hit as the impact of commission cuts on certain pension product lines took effect but Q2 sales were 22 per cent higher than in the same period of 2004. UK earnings rose by 40 per cent […]

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Guide: Johnson Fleming’s managed auto-enrolment service for SMEs

Johnson Fleming has launched its new managed auto-enrolment service, designed to support SME businesses of up to 250 employees. The managed auto-enrolment service is not just about providing businesses with a software system for them to manage themselves, but more about outsourcing the administration of the project and scheme to Johnson Fleming’s auto-enrolment staff.


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