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Everyone&#39s a winner

The Diary was taken aback on receiving a video of West Midlands mortgage broker Black & White&#39s Christmas party and approached a viewing with some trepidation.

A set from Wolverhampton soul diva Beverley Knight unsurprisingly outshone boozed-up mortgage broker karaoke versions of American Pie, My Guy and Wonderwall but most of the video consisted of scores of brokers standing on a podium and receiving awards.

The reason for this is that all the company&#39s brokers are winners – something B&W chairman Chris Ollerenshaw demonstrated with David Brent-like effect by repeatedly making a W and L shape on his head and shouting Winners (B&W) and Losers (the rest).


Ombudsman could open door to LTC cost redress

A Health Service Ombudsman report has opened the door to possible compensation claims from elderly people forced to pay for their own long-term care costs unnecessarily.But LTC providers are warning that the report does not change the need to cover for future care costs.Providers point out that while the report calls for local health authorities […]

Skandia Life – Protected MultiManager Plan

Wednesday, 26 February 2003 Type: Capital protected mini or maxi Isa Aim: Growth by investing in UK equities, UK bonds and commercial property Minimum-maximum investment: £3,000 – £7,000 for 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 tax years Investment choice: Schroder UK mid 250, Fidelity special situations, Invesco Perpetual corporate bond, Norwich property funds Term: six years three months […]

The pick of the PMI

Over the last few years, menu-based flexible life and healthcare protection packages have won the hearts of IFAs and their clients. Advisers can mix and match various components to meet initial needs and then adjust them later to fit lifestyle changes. The good news is that similar flexibility is now available within the PMI field.An […]

Less than £2m for Fidelity global focus fund

Fidelity&#39s global focus fund, which was launched to bolster the giant fund firm&#39s Isa campaign, has taken under £2m since it opened in a blaze of publicity last month.In what is being seen as a sign of worsening investor sentiment, it is understood that the fund has raised just over £1.5m since launching on January […]


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