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Dead cert

Press junket of the year.

Another dead heat, this time between PruHealth’s spectacular Cape Town launch extravaganza and DWS Investments’ market and branding update/ EnglandFrance trip in Portugal.


Review of 2004: SOFA/LIA merger

Since the merger of Sofa and the LIA was proposed in July members and former board members have had a field day finding fault, not least with the name of the new body, the Personal Finance Society.

FOS must strike right balance

When Walter Merricks comments: “The rise in mortgage endowment complaints to the FOS is not necessarily a drive to higher standards by firms but a minimising of their payouts,” I presume this is based on facts – but even if only on hearsay, what about the percentages also given in this article?Twenty per cent of […]

Send the packager knockers packing

Was it a slow news week or had Kevin Patterson and Mark Chilton simply run out of things to comment on? I presume both. I am, of course, referring to the article headlined, Loan firms predicting demise of packagers (MM, December 2). Am I not the only one who continues to be mystified and irritated […]


House prices fall for sixth time in rowThe National Association of Estate Agents says the average property price in the UK fell for the sixth month in a row in November and now stands at £210,152. Annually, prices rose by 4.8 per cent, the lowest annual increase seen this year as the slowdown of house […]


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