The Wells Street Journal: A windy morning and raising the roof

A weekly account of the curious goings-on in the world of financial services

Better out than in

This week, one WSJ correspondent attended a breakfast meeting during which a presenter from the hosting firm became more acquainted with attendees than he may have liked.

After having already suffered the embarrassment of a frozen Powerpoint presentation and an out-of-battery computer, a long silent pause during which another presenter gathered their notes to speak was filled by the first passing wind. Most at the table managed to keep diplomatic straight faces – all those except the presenter’s colleagues.

WSJ was reminded of recent news from a darts match between Scottish champion Gary Anderson and Dutchman Wesley Harms. As Anderson pulled ahead in the grand slam match, Harms accused the two-time world champion of “letting one rip” in order to cause distraction. Even when timing is poor, out is always better than in…

Raising the roof at Companies House

Wingate Financial Planning’s Alistair Cunningham took to Twitter this week and appeared to have been searching around on Companies House for British metal band entries.

A series of screen shots show details for Iron Maiden, Scottish bass player Pete Agnew and “extreme” metal band Cradle of Filth.

WSJ is interested to learn Iron Maiden is in fact a limited liability partnership.

A comment from Red Circle Financial Planning director Darren Cooke suggests he knows for a fact that the members of Queen were at one time the highest-paid company directors in the UK.

Out of context

‘Pay peanuts, get monkeys’

Former adviser Harry Katz comments on Nutmeg’s new advice proposition

‘The wind isn’t behind your sails, it’s in your face!’

Prudential’s Vince Smith-Hughes talks defined benefit transfer complexities 

‘I came out as a Marxist earlier this year. It was right as I had a large liquidity event on my portfolio, which was lucky’

Finametrica’s Paul Resnik feels money might have influenced his politics

Separated at birth

FE research manager Charles Younes

American actor Adam DeVine

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