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Eadon to head PFS

Tim Eadon is to be the new chief executive at the Personal Finance Society.

Eadon, who takes on the role next week, was formerly head of Sesame Solutions where he was responsible for business development and transformation of the network’s financial advice channel. He takes over from Mark Ommanney, who left the post in March.

Eadon was previously a divisional manager at Norwich Union Life, where he worked with a range of building society partners across all sectors of sales and marketing.

Chartered Insurance Institute deputy director general Bob Bullivant says: “The PFS needs strong leadership to carry it forward from initial establishment to the position of a professional body whose membership is comprised of the majority of financial advisers in the UK.

“Tim is ideally placed to take the PFS from its current position as the biggest professional body in the UK for financial advisers to being the automatic membership choice for advisers.”

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By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO 

This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar. 

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