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Drama out of a crisis

Thanks to Insight Investments for the miserable news that the British public would prefer its children to be taught financial management than drama or art.

It goes without saying that kids need to know about overdrafts and student loans, the Diary would agree, but 0 out of 10 for lack of insight to the fund firm for the way it chose to highlight from a survey how the public would like to see drama and art removed from the national curriculum and replaced by money management and behavioural skills such as “politeness and manners”.

The Diary would not want to be impolite or ill mannered, but a sense of proportion, please.


IFA quits Magian after being told not to expand

Professional indemnity insurer Magian Mutual has been accused by an IFA of dictating the terms of how firms can run their businesses. Newport-based IFA Heron House Financial Management has left Magian after being told it could not take on a third RI because the provider did not want to see the IFA&#39s turnover increase, or […]

Laughing matter

I laughed aloud at the letter in MM from Graeme Riddoch of Clerical Medical. He says Clerical is “fully committed to the IFA market”. This amused me because for the first time in six years, a Clerical rep came to see us this morning. After five minutes, he announced that our 30-RI firm was “too […]

House prices up by 0.4 per cent in November – Hometrack

Hometrack&#39s November survey of the housing market shows a 0.4 per cent increase in house prices which it says confirms the continuing healthy state of the market. The average house cost £146,500 up from £145,900 last month. Highest house price rises occurred in Cumbria (1.5 per cent), north London ( 1.1 per cent), Hereford and […]

Deeds of variation

With the advent of autumn,the tax adviser&#39s thoughts turn towards what might be contained within the Chancellor of the Exchequer&#39s pre-Budget statement which is due at around the end of November and, ultimately, the possible contents of the Budget itself in the spring. No matter what is contained in any possible new legislation, one of […]

How to use wills to protect your clients’ wishes

March was Free Wills Month! Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in selected locations around England and Wales. Research by the Law Society* highlighted that only 64 […]


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