A WEEK IN PERSONAL FINANCE
Sunday 07 January 1996
LIFE insurer Friends Provident announced reduced maturity values for many endowment policies despite last year's strong stock market returns. The announcement, the first this year from a large insurer, is expected to set the tone for others, including Norwich Union in the coming week. However, Friends increased maturity values on 25-year endowments.
BRADFORD & Bingley, Bristol & West and Chelsea building societies, along with Midland Bank were among the big insititutions to cut savings rates last week, after cuts by other societies and banks between Christmas and the New Year, according to rate monitor Moneyfacts.
THE LABOUR party leadership is reported to be studying compulsory welfare insurance schemes, under which employees might be forced to put a proportion of their income into a pension plan.
THE STROUD & Swindon building society announced a proposed takeover with the smaller Kent-based society City & Metropolitan. But only City & Met's 13,000 members are being offered a bonus for agreeing to the merger of pounds 50 plus 5 per cent of account balances.
BARCLAYS Bank unveiled a Star Trek-style, two-way live video share-dealing and information service. Called BarclayZone, the system will be available from tomorrow in three Barclays' branches - Fenchurch Street in London, Crawley in Sussex, and Maidstone in Kent.
INCREASING numbers of first- year students are taking term-time jobs and arranging overdrafts, according to a survey by Barclays Bank. It said 14 per cent of first-year students already had term-time jobs, working an average 11 hours a week.
THE TUC has published a free guide to claiming compensation for people who were mis-sold personal pensions. Personal Pensions: how to claim compensation includes advice on rejoining occupational schemes.Write to Joanne Segars, TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.
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- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
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Ellen DeGeneres leads Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany in revealing game of Never Have I Ever
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
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