Morgan Stanley ID theft risk calculator launched In order to help the battle against the risk of ID theft, Morgan Stanley has introduced an ID theft risk calculator to give customers the chance to weigh up the likelihood of them falling victim to the crime.
Zurich Adaptable Life Plan commences Zurich has launched a planning solution for inheritance tax (IHT) following recent research that shows the average house price in London now exceeds the IHT threshold.
Claimants pin hope on ombudsman Tens of thousands of Equitable Life policyholders have left the life assurer following the compromise settlement agreed in 2002. But there are still around 50,000 Equitable policyholders who have no option but to remain with Equitable.
A glimpse into the future The winners of the FT/ABN Amro competition to dream up "the financial product or service of the future" were presented with their prizes at the FT’s offices this week.
Wealthy investors urged to consider affordable flats Disused banks and flats above shops might not be as glamourous an investment prospect as a villa on the Cote-d’Azure but buying into the development of these types of buildings has attractive tax perks for wealthy investors.
Load ’em up and take hold of the readies If you make a claim on your home insurance policy or step off a flight to find your luggage has not arrived with you, you may now find that you are reimbursed with a pre-paid card rather than cash or a cheque.
Borrowers set up home in never-never land First-time buyers and cash-strapped home owners are scrambling to take out interest-only mortgages that could leave them facing financial ruin or forced to trade down the property ladder to pay off their mortgage.
Burgeoning debt industry loses its allure If you watch television, listen to the radio or are an habitual reader of tabloid newspapers, you have seen or heard the advertisements. Sinking in debt? Clear your debts in three to five years.
Cash release schemes may make comeback Home reversion plans, which used to be a popular way for homeowners to release cash from their property, could be set for a comeback as formal regulation of these schemes next April is likely to give them some much-needed respectability.
Bad habits can lead to a healthy income Healthy individuals face shrinking pension incomes as the increased popularity of enhanced annuities, which offer better deals to people likely to die younger, is piling further pressure on to already low standard rates.
UK managers follow US model to offer high returns There is a type of equity fund that is hugely popular in the US but has yet to take off in a big way in the UK. Known as a covered call fund, it combinestraditional equity investments with derivatives to generate higher levels of income.
Buyers flock to spread the cost of a home loan More and more first-time buyers are willing to shelve their differences and share their living space for a more affordable step on to the property ladder. According to lenders, record numbers of 20 and 30-somethings are pooling their funds and taking out