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Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last week…

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last week shared its plush surroundings and conference facilities with the Association of Home Information Pack Providers’ spring conference and those lyrical hopefuls auditioning for this year’s X Factor talent TV show.

There was no sign of X Factor judge Simon Cowell, who was no doubt locked away listening and cringing at wannabe Madonnas and Justin Timberlakes, although it is unlikely that he is too concerned about the future for valuations or the make-up of the energy performance certificate. The way that the Hip regime is being received at present and the gloomy predictions for its future, those at Ahipps and the housing minister Yvette Cooper, who was a speaker at the event, would be forgiven for singing the blues along with what is likely to be the hopeless bunch that were singing for stardom just a goal-kick away.


Biotech U-turn

Most asset classes have seen dramatic rises over the last few years. This has made true diversification much harder to achieve since there is little point diversifying into what is already a fully priced asset class.

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It has been a testing first quarter, which has been an opportunity to increase equity weightings and reassess our cautious bond view. We have increased weightings in Asia and Europe and believe in the longer-term prospects for yen appreciation.

ScotLife deadline for payouts

Scottish Life is appealing for 15,000 former members to claim their demutualisation payments totalling £7.5m before the deadline passes on July 1.


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