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Brown keeps the crown of power

Chancellor Gordon Brown takes the top spot in this year&#39s Money Marketing Power & Influence in retail financial services list for the second year.

Brown, the architect of the FSA, claims the crown ahead of outgoing FSA chairman and chief executive Howard Davies and Bank of England Governor Sir Eddie George in second and third respectively.

The second annual list provides an in-depth analysis of the people who have shaped today&#39s financial services market and who will be calling the shots in the future.

Former Guardian economics writer now Treasury Financial Secretary Ruth Kelly is the highest-placed woman at number five. Aifa director general Paul Smee leaps 80 places to 10th following success over the menu payment system.

One of the more controversial inclusions by MM&#39s panel of experts is the consumer, who sits at unlucky spot number 13.

The highest-placed executive among product providers for positive reasons is HBOS&#39s James Crosby at number 14. New FSA chairman Callum McCarthy just makes it into the list in 100th position.


Sandler says IFAs support complexity

Ron Sandler has accused IFAs of supporting complexity in the design of products bec-ause it helps them to justify their existence.He said there was a significant link between complexity of financial services products and a lack of consumer trust.Sandler told delegates at the Ernst & Young Financial Services Summit that the Gov-ernment could not contemplate […]

Merve takes an ethical swerve

Some of my friends see managing the stars of the Halifax/ Bank of Scotland advertising campaign as a cushy job and it can be a lot of fun but it can also be stressful and is definitely not 9 to 5. With a team of just two people – myself and the most organised lady […]

Future Films offers five film deal for investors

Film funding vehicle Future Films is launching five feature film projects available to UK investors.The first of the films, a romantic comedy called Laws of Attraction starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan, is set to start shooting in June. It will be made in the UK and Ireland by director Peter Howitt of Johnny English […]

Shiny high society

The picturesque North Yorkshire town of Harrogate was overwhelmed by a horde of dark-suited mortgage executives last week as they congregated for the annual Building Societies&#39 Association conference. One onlooker described the scene as The Sopranos Goes to Yorkshire.While headaches reigned supreme as brokers and lenders whiled away the evening playing dramatic pool competitions in […]

A DGT with 100% access and 100% discount?

Clare Moffat, Technical Manager, looks at the benefits of pensions from an IHT perspective. 100% access and 100% discount – what type of wrapper could this be? A pension! Post flexibility there is 100% access (for those over 55) and normally pensions are inheritance tax (IHT) free. With flexibility the options available on death mean […]


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