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Bankhall&#39s charity effort

A signed David Beckham England shirt, 10 entertainers, 59 product providers and nearly 800 guests at Bankhall&#39s third annual awards helped take the amount the IFA has raised for children&#39s charities to over £200,000 in the last three years.

The charities to benefit this year are Cancer & Leukemia in Childhood and Francis House, a hospice for the Rainbow family trust. The awards were hosted by comedian Dominic Holland, who was joined on the podium by Lloyd Scott – who this year took the record for the longest time to complete the London marathon, finishing in five days, eight hours, 29 minutes dressed as a deep-sea diver.

Winner of the award for pension provider of the year was Standard Life, investment group of the year was Fidelity and Norwich Union was named best overall provider of the year.

Bankhall joint chief executive Paul Hogarth says: “To have raised over £200,000 in just three years for such worthwhile causes has been tremendous and our thanks go to everybody involved.”


NU looks at active and passive WP

Norwich Union is considering offering both actively and passively managed with-profits.Sandler proposes restrictions on investment risk for a vanilla stakeholder product, which would operate under the price cap, and says active fund management is expensive and ineffectual.Proposals include the ring-fencing of with-profits for safe haven products, which the ind-ustry says could lead to more companies […]

Clerical takes stake in Assureweb

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&#39With-profits firms will secure their future&#39 – Save and Invest

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Independent View

Almost a decade ago, I had a rather heated discussion with a colleague about the problems inherent in corporate America and my concerns over accountants taking over the world – then it was the big six but now there are five, soon to be four or perhaps three.My fears have been vindicated, with the WorldCom […]

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Global benefits predictions for 2015 from Jelf International

According to Doug Rice, managing director of international services, in 2015, managing their international duty of care will become an increasing focus for UK-based overseas organisations in both managing their short- and longer-term challenges. As a result, strong independent advice and innovative technological solutions will become more important than ever in managing their global benefits.


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