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Early to bed…

Reports reach the Diary that a certain downmarket rival publication has forgotten how to have fun.

According to sources in attendance, a recent leaving-do bash for a member of the newsdesk ended around 11pm after members of the team decided they could not handle their “bellyfuls of beer” and opted for a quiet night tucked up in front of Newsnight.

The Diary understands that trailing such top-class competition, they might feel that they need to get all the sleep they can but, girls and boys, you can still let your hair down every once in a while.


Rise in equity release cases but value of lending remains flat

Safe Home Income Plans has revealed a small drop in the total value of new equity-release business written in the second quarter of 2006. Total business stood at 262.8m, a drop of 5.8 per cent on Q1 but 0.75 per cent higher than Q2 2005. Many commentators believe the industry has not grown as quickly […]

Government clinging to the notion of stakeholder success

The Government is still clinging to its view that stakeholder pensions have been a success despite criticism of the regime from MPs, trade bodies and the FSA. Responding to a Treasury select committee report on NPSS regulation, the Government says stakeholder pensions have been a success in reaching their target audience. It says over 2.7 […]

Balancing act

Offshore investment For investors seeking more equilibrium in their portfolios amid recent market volatility, Prudential UK international development manager James Tothill suggests some more balanced approaches for advisers to consider


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