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Erica Harper of Zurich

Erica Harper of Zurich must be wondering where her weekly dose of press cuttings got to last week.

The Diary was delighted to receive press cuttings about Zurich on our fax but we don&#39t think they were intended for us.

Could Consolidated Communications possibly have made a mistake? The Diary is only sorry that it wasn&#39t a slightly more interesting fax.


James Hay produces first in series of SSAS guides

James Hay Consultancy has published a guide for investors who want to buy commercial property through a small self-administered scheme.The guide is the first in a series of informative aids that the consultancy plans to produce to support advisers involved in the SSAS market.Director David Seaton says buying property through an SSAS is tax-efficient, can […]

Trade deficit narrows in July – Gerrard

The global trade deficit in goods narrowed in July. It now stands at 4.3 per cent GDP. The improvement was aided by a dramatic drop in the shortfall in non-EU trade which fell to its lowest level since May 2002 and exports to the US climbed by £400m according to Gerrard&#39s latest figures.

Independent view

The FSA recently published consultation paper 193 on the proposed rules for PI insurance. It does seem at times that the FSA is capable of issuing a greater number of documents than we can reasonably expect the England cricket team to score in an innings.When you think that it is less than two years since […]

Stephen Smith

The advent of mortgage regulation under the auspices of the FSA is the greatest challenge facing the sector over the coming years, says Legal & General&#39s director of housing marketing Stephen Smith.In the 25 years he has been in the industry, Smith believes this is the biggest shake-up the sector has seen but he fears […]

Artemis Global Income: Making sense of global markets

The rally in cyclical ‘value’ stocks paused for breath in February, as investors took a more cautious tone and switched their attention back to defensive areas. In this article, Jacob de Tusch-Lec, manager of the Artemis Global Income Fund, explains how he has positioned the portfolio, given the many economic, geopolitical and policy risks that […]


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