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Barmy army order

Hargreaves Lansdown regimental sergeant-major Peter Hargreaves&#39 chest swelled with pride and the hope of medals last week when he received an MoD-headed letter confirming his call-up to the 3rd Airborne Infantry Division stationed in Iraq.

The Captain Mannering of the West Country was seen with a skip in his step after getting the order to report for duty at Balamat HQ, Iraq, within 24 hours – until he noticed the letter had been sent on the first day of the month.

The Diary also noted an early April shudder down the financial street of shame after a report on financial information website Headline Money of an FSA threat to “name and shame” financial journalists and impose retrospective fines on newspapers that had promoted unsuitable investment products in the run-up to recent scandals. Ha, ha, ha.

The Diary would like to applaud the timing and tact of the NAPF for the launch this week of its new booklet “Winding up made simple.”

Crisis, what crisis?


Independent view

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Bristol & West to market guaranteed bond via IFAs

Bristol & West is offering a range of capital guaranteed bonds for distribution through IFAs for the start of the new tax year.The global income and growth guaranteed equity bond is a two-part investment that allows investors to place up to half their capital in a seven-year fixed-rate bond paying interest of 5.25 per cent […]

It&#39s a family business

It may be difficult for some people to maintain clear blue water between their working and family lives. Of course this can vary depending on an individual&#39s priorities and personal character. It is probably fair to say, however, that an influencing factor will be the individual&#39s particular job.As a result it is likely that those […]

PPM picks marketing chief

Third-party pension administrator Personal Pension Management has appointed Kevan Ward as marketing and development director. Ward joins from Barclays and will be responsible for business development.


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