In brief

Ramesh Sharma

February 18, 2006

The Institute of Financial Services (ifs) has launched its ‘Treating Customers Fairly’ (TCF) master-class focusing on how performance can be managed in a TCF environment.

Including case studies and identifying the key components of TCF, the program also aims to engage delegates in how TCF issues can be resolved to benefit business.

Nationwide launches fixed and tracker ranges

Nationwide Building Society has enhanced its fixed and tracker rate products targeted at the intermediary market.

The lender has launched its two-year fixed rate available at 4.44 per cent with the two-year tracker available from 4.39 per cent. Tim Hughes, head of intermediary markets at Nationwide, said: “While our products are available to all, we have listened very carefully to the needs of our intermediary audience. Our new products will give intermediaries options to advise their clients on.”

House hunters ‘get serious’ as enquiries rise

Propertyfinder.com research has revealed a rise in interest in UK property with 1.1 million people searching the website in January.

Since August 2005 propertyfinder.com has reported a 30 per cent rise in house hunter numbers with the site able to pass on nearly 500,000 leads to estate agents in January – 61 per cent more than 2005’s January total.

AIFA supports graduate initiatives

The Association of Independent Financial Advisers (AIFA) has announced its support for Careers London initiatives to boost opportunities in the financial sector.

The initiatives will help employers and those already working in the financial services sector to fund training and qualifications as well as providing graduates from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged communities the opportunity to gain employment within the financial services sector in London.

Rooftop enhances sales teams

Rooftop Mortgages has confirmed four appointments to its sales and marketing teams.

Mark Davies has been appointed finance director, with Nick Ralph taking the role of head of capital markets. Helen Kleier has been appointed to the new position of product development manager, with Mary Sung joining the lender as marketing manager.

Cheshire extends mortgage range

Cheshire Building Society has extended its buy-to-let and self-certification product ranges to cater for the growing investment market and homeowners who may be self-employed. The Society has also confirmed it is enhancing its credit repair range to help would-be homeowners with a bad credit history, with the introduction of a two and a three-year fixed rate deal and a three-year tracker mortgage as part of its credit repair range.

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