Protection was essential at Goodwood last week as Direct Life & Pensions top brass took a team of journalists to fly helicopters, planes and fast cars.A charity race day in support of Flying Scholarships for the Disabled saw a reporter from a downmarket rival scoring full marks in the helicopter flying section, showing an adeptness with the joystick that can only be gained by hours of practice. But the honours went to DL&P petrolhead Mike Davies who swept aside more than 60 rank amateurs to win the best pilot category.
Rising demand for absolute return funds has raised concerns among some industry commentators that they may not live up to their hype, says Nicola York
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It seems improbable that it is now a year since the FSA took over responsibility for regulation of mortgage selling.
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Jelf Employee Benefits assesses key trends within the international private medical insurance provision of organisations with employees in Singapore. Benefit structure, cost management and healthcare facilities are examined and key considerations are highlighted. This edition will be of particular interest to global human resource directors and benefit managers with local and expatriate populations in Singapore.
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