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German finance minister dampens hopes of Greece bailout deal

Germany is pessimistic on the prospects of reaching a deal on Greece’s bailout in talks scheduled for next week, the FT reports. Germany’s finance minister has virtually ruled out a deal from the summit attended by eurogroup finance ministers, due to be held in Riga, Latvia on 24 April. “Nobody expects that there will be […]

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Wells Street Journal: Sun and booze makes Friends Life lose

Something very weird happened to the stockmarket last week. It all started when Friends Life, the provider which has now been subsumed by Aviva, saw its share price plummet almost 6 per cent on the morning of 8 April. So what had caused this mass sell-off? Reports of jitters about the imminent mega merger? Or […]

Gadget of the fortnight: Quantify your digital marketing

The service I am looking at this week is a great tool for any hard-pressed PR or digital marketing firm that needs to demonstrate the value of the online coverage they are creating either to a client or internally. Coveragebook.com makes it really easy to analyse online coverage and presents measurement data. Our own PR […]

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Hargreaves switches Sipp trustee to boost cash returns

Hargreaves Lansdown has switched the trustee of its Sipp, allowing it to invest in a broader range of assets and boost returns on savers’ cash investments. According to a letter sent to Sipp customers, Hargreaves Lansdown Asset Management has been appointed Sipp trustee in place of Hargreaves Lansdown Pension Trustees. The firm says this gives […]

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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