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A fine couple

Norwich Union media relations manager Louise Goffee is looking to make a new life for herself this weekend when she marries Andrew Soulsby in Yorkshire.

Sweet Louise, as evidenced in the pictures of her and Andrew at the tender age of three, met her future husband while both were working for Railtrack.

As a result, many believe the pair will be highly unlikely to make it to the altar on time, with calls of “Mind the gap” ringing out as Andrew is aged 42 and Louise 34.

The Diary wishes them a speedy journey and a derailment-free track ahead.


Gear up for big changes in pensions

Pension advisers will get the chance to quiz the experts on the future of the industry at this year&#39s Money Marketing Live conference and exhibition. A pension panel debate, Gearing up for A-Day, will be a keynote feature of the conference, which will be held at Olympia, London, on May 6. Panellists will include independent […]

FSA fines Morgan Grenfell £190,000

The FSA has fined Morgan Grenfell £190,000 for breaching FSA principles by failing to act in its customers&#39 best interest and failing to manage its conflicts of interests. The Deutsche Bank subsidiary was found to have commenced proprietary trading in seven of the constituent securities of a client&#39s programme trade, prior to its award, based […]

Exclusive Connections – Stepped Discount Mortgage

Type: Stepped discounted-rate mortgage Discounted term: Until December 1, 2006 Discount: % until March 1, 2005, 1% until December 1, 2006 Payable rate: 5% Minimum loan: £25,001 Maximum loan: Up to 90% of valuation subject to a maximum of £1m Income multiples: Up to 3.5 times principal income plus second or 3 times joint Conditions: […]

Standard will not sell subsidiaries

Standard Life says it has no plans to sell Standard Life Bank, Standard Life Healthcare or Standard Life Investments as part of its move towards flotation. The update on the strategic review describes the businesses as profitable and capital-sufficient. It says they are growing well in challenging markets and have demonstrated robust plans for future […]

Europe: why persist with value today?

By Rob Burnett, Neptune’s Head of European Equities The Neptune European Opportunities Fund remains committed to a value bias. We see a broadening array of opportunities in diversified industries at compelling valuations today. The most complicated part of the market is the European banks. We are currently overweight in this sub-sector as many banks are […]


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