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Dogged by the year of unintelligible mergers

Campaigners for Kitemark Equality insist on the Dog Mark being awarded to consistently poor performers.

After initial jitters, against a background of falling interest rates, the FTSE will finally break through beyond 7,000.

Sir Richard Branson, having lost the National Lottery, decides to launch a lottery of his own called the Virgin with-profits fund.

Stakeholder will be a flop

The continuation of M&A activity results in CGNU rebranding itself as CGNUB&BM&GMGMIFHSBCL&GFTSE. A spokeswoman says they cannot find any more worthwhile companies trading as initials so expansion plans are shelved.

European high-yield bond funds look better value as the euro stabilises and TMT phobia reduces.

Only one active fund manager is left in the City who has not been lured into running his own hedge fund. He resigns in disappointment.

There will be a Pep transfer frenzy after April 6 as rebalancing takes place. There will be FSA warnings and press campaigns against advisers randomly churning customers&#39 Peps around May 2001.


Providers gear up for a busy period

Legislation changes and stakeholder will ensure no rest for the pension industry. The first few months will see providers stepping up marketing campaigns before the April 6 launch of stakeholder and gearing up admin for the onslaught of applications. Although many employers have already started planning their stakeholder strategy, the majority of employers will leave […]

CBI warning over data protection code

The Confederation of British Industry has today renewed its plea for changes to a draft code of practice on company use of employees&#39 personal data which it sees as confusing and potentially damaging. The CBI is concerned that with over 200 standards in 62 pages the code is too complicated and long. CBI head of […]

Mutiny on the bounty

Where a person going into local authority care currently owns assets of more than £16,000, the local authority can make a claim on those assets to pay towards the care costs. For this reason, people sometimes consider making gifts of assets prior to going into care. This would bring the question of deliberate deprivation into […]

Midshires&#39 Kerr aids children with marathon effort

Birmingham Midshires managing director Ian Kerr has raised over £1,250 for a local children&#39s hospice by running in this year&#39s Wolverhampton half-marathon. Kerr raised the money for Acorns children&#39s hospice. The donation was raised through sponsorship from colleagues at Midshires, friends and business partners. Acorns provides a comprehensive range of care and support facilities for […]


MPAA consultation

By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist The chancellor’s announcement of proposed cuts to the Money Purchase Annual Allowance means it will be more important than ever to be able to tell your PCLS from your UFPLS What was in the statement? Not much. The chancellor spared three sentences to inform us that the Money Purchase Annual Allowance will be reduced […]


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