Websites log on to the power of private sales Large numbers of property sellers are abandoning the traditional services provided by estate agents and marketing their homes directly to house hunters via a growing number of private websites.
Insurers adopt a more understanding bedside manner The rapid rise in the number of individuals suffering chronic conditions coupled with falling demand for expensive medical insurance means that some of the biggest insurers are not so quick to rule out individuals with illnesses.
All roads lead online if you keep it simple Taxpayers have just three weeks to complete their tax returns by the September 30 deadline although they can delay until the end of January if they are prepared to go online.
Message to save early and save often falls on deaf ears Pension providers have long been lamenting the fact that individuals are not saving enough to support the lifestyles they want in retirement. But how many individuals â€“ especially those in their 20s and 30s â€“ are actually sitting up and taking notice?
Payment protection comes under FSA spotlight Some companies offering payment protection insurance could have their rights to sell this cover revoked next month when the Financial Services Authority issues its update on the PPI market.
Stellar performance that could become dimmer A survey by Hotbed, a private equity investor network, suggests private banks have doubled their suggested allocation to private equity in private client portfolios to 10 per cent over the past three years.
Customers can click on advice beyond compare Comparison websites, internet-based supermarkets that collate and compare the prices of a range of products from mortgages to credit cards, are changing the face of the financial markets.
Sipps to be hit by new way of valuing shareholdings A change in the way pension providers are required to calculate the value of shares in their clients’ portfolios will lead to delays and additional costs for no obvious benefit, according to a leading provider of personal pension schemes.