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Dazed and confused…

After the pure joy of watching England defeat Argentina, the Diary spent the next day scouring the newspapers for further analysis and comment.

Most of the sports sections said much the same thing but one item in particular seemed a bit different.

What caught the Diary&#39s (rather bloodshot) eye was the name of a fan who was quoted as saying he was “deeply moved. My family back in Palermo find it hard to accept but I&#39ll be supporting England even if they meet Italy”.

The fan – a well-known figure in financial services- was amusingly, but correctly, described as “an Italian-Englishman from Northampton who supports Ipswich but works in Edinburgh”.

With a background like that, our readers have a fair chance of guessing who it is. Answers on a postcard please to the usual address. You won&#39t win a prize, mind.


PIMS hears warnings of &#39mutating&#39 markets

Volatile stockmarkets have torn apart traditional notions of growth and value investment, according to giant US fund manager MFS International.Speaking at the PIMS 2002 Conference on board the Aurora this week, director Jonathan Willcocks said investors will get “killed” if their IFAs select a core growth or core value strategy as the difference between the […]

FSA review chief sees no future for with-profits

The FSA has sounded the death knell of the with-profits name after its head of with-profits review Eleanor Linton described the term as a misnomer and questioned its future.Speaking in London last week at the IBC conference on the future of with-profits, Linton said the with-profits name created confusion and questioned whether it applied to […]

Threadneedle adds to fixed interest team

Threadneedle Investments is further expanding the corporate bond section of its fixed interest team. Trudie Pearce, Paul Kirtley and Victoria Port have all been recently recruited and will start work with Threadneedle at various times in the next three months.Pearce joins Threadneedle as a portfolio manager from AXA Investment Managers where she was a senior […]

State Street Global Advisors – streetTRACKS Europe Energy ETF

Monday, June 17, 2002Type: Exchange traded fund Aim: Growth by tracking the MSCI Europe energy index Minimum investment: Subject to negotiation with stockbroker Maximum investment: No maximum Place of registration: UK Isa link: Yes Pep transfers: Yes Charges: Annual 0.5% Commission: None Contact:


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