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Crate expectations

Support services company Threesixty has signed up its 360th client since it opened its doors in March 2003.

Hawker and Palmer Independent Financial Advisers founders Kieran Palmer and David Hawker received a crate of Champagne from Threesixty at their North Somerset practice to mark the occasion.

As Threesixty says it hopes to reach 400 clients by the start of next year, let’s hope it does not have to go through the rigmarole of changing its name to Fourhundred. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.


Trade trio want personal accounts ringfenced

PensionsBy Paul McMillanThe ABI, the IMA and the NAPF have set aside their differences over who should run personal accounts to warn the Government jointly that the scheme should be ringfenced from existing provision.In a joint letter to Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton, the three organisations say that the Government should, at least init-ially, […]

Pressure is growing on Pru over £9bn estate

Prudential will come under further pressure to free up its £9bn inherited estate after Aviva’s appointment of a policyholder advocate.The Pru has been looking at ways of accessing the surplus cash from its with-profits fund for 10 years.Axa was the first insurer to manage a deal in 2001. At the time, over 500 policyholders represented […]

Liv Vic appoints new MD of life business

Liverpool Victoria has appointed former Prudential director of Prulab Rodney Cook as managing director of its life business.Cook has previously held senior executive positions at Zurich Financial Services and Pearl Assurance Group and he will be responsible for all aspects of Liv Vic’s life business including intermediary and direct channels.Group chief executive Mike Rogers says: […]

Off the beaten track

I have been struck by the way in which alternative asset classes are gaining more coverage. It is a brave portfolio manager these days who confines the selection of investments to mere cash, bonds and equities.But do not expect life to be made easier by the introduction of instruments designed to track, for example, commodities […]


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