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Abbey National may have the smooth, suave housewives&#39 favourite Martin Kemp as the corporate image to get it out of its current hole, but if IFA portal Webline wants to continue the ex-Eastenders theme they need not look too far afield.

While simmering hard man Grant Mitchell, aka Ross Kemp, himself might be a touch expensive, Webline managing director Paul Holland&#39s brooding looks could easily do the job.

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Premier Asset Management – Premier Extra Income Plan

Monday, 3 March 2003 Type: Capital protected bond Aim: Income or growth linked to the performance of the Dow Jones Eurostoxx 50 index Minimum-maximum investment: £7,000-£1m Term: Five years Guarantee: Original capital returned in full provided the index does not fall by more than 30% and returns to at least its initial level Return: 7% […]

IMF warns of life office consolidation

The UK life industry could be heading for “largescale consolidation in the coming years”, according to a report published this week by the International Monetary Fund.The Washington-based IMF says the insurance industry is under considerable stress and while this is not a UK-exclusive problem, it has been exacerbated in the UK because of falling markets […]

Tory MP points to £500bn liabilities on public schemes

Unfunded liabilities for public-sector pensions have exploded to £500bn, claims Conservative Shadow Treasury Chief Secretary Howard Flight.At the Pensions in Crisis conference, Flight attacked Government pension policy and warned that private provision is going backwards.He criticised the Government&#39s target of reversing the 60 per cent state and 40 per cent private provision split of pensions. […]

Verity&#39s view

In the hope of emulating the style of that esteemed professional qualification, the Financial Planning Certificate, here is a nice, easy multiple-choice question designed to build your confidence, a bit like the ones they ask for £100 on Millionaire.Over the last 100 years, which sector would have generated the most money for its investors as […]

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