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Earls joins FSSC board

Trade Union Amicus research section head John Earls is joining the Financial Services Skills Council board. Earls will join other directors of banks, buildings societies and representatives of trade unions and HM Treasury, sitting alongside chair David Prosser.

Earls says: The work completed by the Skills Council during its first year of operation is something that I have been following with particular interest. I am thrilled to be helping the FSSC build upon their excellent work to date and look forward to the challenges ahead as skills issues are pushed to the top of the industrys agenda.


Bolt-off fund

What with Fidelity having decided to take the machete to its special situations fund, the industry is awash with rumours concerning who will step into Anthony Bolton’s shoes and what new name the portfolio is to be blessed with. The following titles have been suggested to the Diary: Fidelity Situations Vacant Fund, Fidelity Not So […]

St James’s chief joins Sesame

Sesame has appointed St James’s Place mortgage marketing manager Paul Rignall as its mortgage product manager. Rignall replaces Andy Young, who left for TBMC in April.

Lewis says industry needs young blood

Treasury economic secretary Ivan Lewis has challenged the financial services industry to produce a strategy to attract young people to be IFAs. Lewis says the industry must ask, “How are we going to sed-uce young people to become IFAs?” and seriously look at what is being offered to new entrants in financial services. He says […]

It’s cold outside

Afew years ago, I met a veteran of the Spanish civil war who knew a lot about the state second pension – then called the state earnings-related pension scheme.

Budget summary – March 2016

This week’s Budget looked as if it would be a difficult one for the Chancellor, with disappointing economic numbers and the need to avoid ruffling feathers ahead of June’s in/out referendum. Nevertheless, Mr Osborne did spring a few surprises, including some tax reductions. So how does this budget affect you? If you are – or […]


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