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Back to the Future

One MM hack had blonde moment at The Future of Life Assurance conference last week when, after registering for what she thought was the correct meeting, she walked into a conference room surrounded by a sea of film cameras, press, photographers and delegates.

Expecting to see Ned Cazalet speaking, she was surprised to find that the speaker was, in fact, the European Commissioner for Education and she had stumbled into the Bologna fifth Ministerial Conference.

Later that day, the same hack was in the lift at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre when the doors opened and Pru chief executive Mark Tucker and his entourage entered the lift on his way to address shareholders at Pru’s AGM. Crammed into a corner, the hack covered her name badge and strained to hear any gems of information.

Unfortunately, Tucker and his entourage remained tight-lipped on the business front and talked about fairly mundane topics.


Hargreaves slams ‘commission leapfrog’

Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Peter Hargreaves has waded into the debate on commission, accusing life companies of creating the problem by playing “commission leapfrog” to drive advisers into their sub-standard products.Responding to the ABI’s call for the FSA to introduce regulatory measures to move IFAs away from commission, Hargreaves says insurers have just realised that […]

Will the walls come tumbling down?

The forthcoming closure of one of the oldest retail technology funds in the UK market, Aegon technology (formerly known as Scottish Equitable technology) brings to mind the old debate of whether tech was really the investment of the future or simply a marketing gimmick.

Phizackerley ruling will effect all trusts making loans to beneficiaries

The recent high profile Phizackerley ruling on inheritance tax and will trusts has far-reaching implications for all trusts making loans to beneficiaries, warns Skandia.Although the Phizackerley case involved the use of a share in the family home within a will trust, Skandia says the same principles can also be applied to any trust arrangement where […]

Davy to meet the Queen

Ambassador of Huddersfield and SimplyBiz chairman Ken Davy will meet the Queen this week when she visits the town’s new Media Centre. Davy will explain the positive impact that the Galpharm Stadium and the partnership between the stadium, the town’s major sporting clubs and Kirklees Council have had on Huddersfield.

Neptune Global Income: Is Japan the best dividend market in the world?

By George Boyd-Bowman, Fund Manager at Neptune The Neptune Global Income Fund seeks exposure to the very best – and often overlooked – income opportunities from across the world. Unconstrained by benchmarks, the fund currently has 24 per cent invested in Japan, differentiating the high conviction portfolio from many of its peers. Watch Neptune Fund […]


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