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Zurich rolls out latest MPPI package

Zurich Financial Services is launching a new mortgage protection package, providing a range of cover under one plan. The Allied Dunbar Mortgage Protector plan is available as a single life or joint life policy. It combines within one product wrapper protection benefits that previously had to be arranged separately, such as level term cover, critical illness cover and payment protection. The plan can be taken out on both repayment and interest —only mortgages.

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British consumers are paying a high price for being ill-informed and unconfident when it comes to making crucial decisions about their personal finances, according to a new report from the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux. NACAB estimates the collective cost to consumers of poor financial literacy skills could be very significant with £4 billion […]

Northern Rock offers combined bond product

Northern Rock is introducing a combined fixed rate bond and equity-linked tracker product. Investors balance is split equally between a two year fixed rate bond paying 6.5 per cent gross per annum until 1 December 2003 and a five year equity tracker which offers a potential return linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 […]

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Britain's “Forgotten Army”: The collapse in self-employed pension membership – and what to do about it

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