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Don&#39t make an ass of yourself

The Diary was treated to fairies, fauns and Shakespeare-style shenanigans last week at the Britannia Midsummer Night Party at London&#39s Barbican.

MM reporters found themselves concentrating intently on conversations about mortgages in a bid to escape the advances of an amorous violin-playing jester and gold-painted half-man, half-goat satyr creatures.

Shakespearean actors repeatedly offered reporters a part in their play but, despite copious amounts of Pimms and Champagne, it seems that the journalists present were held spellbound by industry talk and not tempted to digress into thespian activities.

•The Diary would like to congratulate Astute Financial Management adviser Jim Roberts on his suggestions for FSA hold music. He suggests Dire Straits&#39 Money For Nothing, The Beatles&#39 I Feel Fine or Thou Shalt Break Them With a Rod of Iron from Handel&#39s Messiah.

An eclectic choice and hard to beat. Any further witty musical musings should be sent in to the Diary editor faster than a Turkish rondo.


Aegon AM appoints IFA relationship manager

Aegon Asset Management has appointed Lynsey MacDonald as business development manager for its retail team.MacDonald will develop relationships with intermediaries in the South West of England, reporting to head of retail sales Steve Kenny. She joins from Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where she was assistant vice president.Kenny says: “Lynsey proved her credentials in a highly […]

CII launches 21st century young insurance professional of the year award

The CII launches the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation for 21st century young insurance professional of the year award. The award, sponsored by the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation will be offering the £3,000 award to the winner at the UK Insurance & Financial Services conference on October 1. Entrants to the award must be 30 years old or […]

The Mortgage Works – Fixed Rate Buy-to-Let Mortgage

Type: Fixed-rate buy-to-let mortgage Fixed term: Until August 1, 2006, 2007 or 2009 Fixed rate: 5.99% Minimum loan: £25,001 Maximum loan: Up to 80% of valuation subject to a maximum of £350,000, up to 70% of valuation up to £500,000, up to 60% of valuation subject to a maximum of £1m Income multiples: Rental income […]

New system for IFAs from 1st Software

1st Software is launching a new version of its Adviser Office system that includes integrated services with Scottish Mutual, the Sipp Centre, Morgan Stanley Quilter and Cofunds. The Adviser Office : Intelligent Workflow system includes new tools to help standardise business processes and has financial planning functions using Tillinghast-Towers Perrin stochastic modelling techniques. 1st Software […]


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