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England and Brazil turn on the class

Although England&#39s 4-0 hammering of Paraguay in the recent round of friendly internationals suggested that Sven-Goran Eriksson&#39s team can turn on the class when required, there were some resounding notes struck by other World Cup contenders.

Most notable was the performance of Brazil. They may have managed only a 1-1 draw with Portugal but they reached a vein of form that has long been missing. This lead to some rather feisty predictions from left back Roberto Carlos. He says: “If we play like that at the World Cup, we will get to the final. I feel a good World Cup coming up for us.”

The Spanish also showed promising form after a 5-0 thumping of Northern Ireland. Coach Jose Antonio Camacho says: “With this attitude, we are going to be very difficult to beat. This match was obviously very different to the kind of games we will be playing in the World Cup but what the game did demonstrate was the superb attitude that the players have and I now have to ensure that we take this to the finals.”

Argentina excelled again in beating Germany, who were jeered by their fans. The Germans struggled, as did Italy, who could only draw 1-1 with Uruguay. Even more worrying for Italy are the injuries to Gianluca Pessotto and Demetrio Albertini.


Scottish Widows Bank Revision Round-up

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Pru pension sales plummet

Prudential is paying the price of cutting out commission on regular-premium pensions, seeing sales of individual policies plummet by 43 per cent through IFAs in the first quarter of this year.The company stopped offering initial commission on its former Scottish Amicable-branded regular-premium pensions products in August last year.Intermediary sales of individual pensions, which include group […]

Revamp for ScotEq&#39s protection

Scottish Equitable Employee Benefits is relaunching the look of its protection menu after finding IFAs wanted a more modern marketing approach.The flexible benefits package was first launched in November 1999 and comprises a set of group risk benefits targeted at employers with workforces between 50 and 500 employees.IFAs have access to a self-select menu of […]

Selestia selector picks out trusts

Fund supermarket Selestia says it is making trusts easier and more accessible for IFAs with a trust service offering a range of solutions to estate and tax planning problems.The company has added a trust selector to its online investment service, offering availability to trusts for collective investments to IFAs&#39 clients.The service features access to four […]

Keep calm and carry on?

We British are known for our stiff upper lip and just getting on with things. It’s part of our quirky cultural behaviour – like forming orderly queues, or saying sorry when it’s not our fault. Many of us just aren’t that great at talking about what’s bothering us. But if someone feels that the stresses […]


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