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Flying by the satin of his pants

Those crazy guys and girls at The Mortgage Business have taken on alter-egos for their 2007 calendar, with the assorted executives and managers dressing as superheroes.

Managing director Nigel Payne strikes a pose in a space-age suit but is outdone by Yorkshire & Lincolnshire business development manager Chris Brown and Home Counties business development manager Mark Cooley. Cooley takes on the pose of the Incredible Hulk but whether he really has the six-pack in his photo is anyone’s guess. Brown is Superman although there is no Lois Lane flying by his side.

Thank your lucky stars they didn’t do a full monty in the style of the Calendar Girls.


Broker Talkback

Are interest-only mortgages not supported by a repayment vehicle a ticking time-bomb?Yes “People do not realise that at some point the debt has to be repaid and, the longer they leave it, the worse it will get.”Martin Bage, Martin Bage Financial Services No “Not if you are following the correct advice. We are fully aware […]

Standard Life Healthcare guides way to discounts

Standard Life Healthcare is offering a 15 per cent discount on premiums on all new private medical insurance policyholders under its Guided Option plan.The initiative uses a Bupa or Capio hospital to manage treatment from start to finish. This allows the hospital to make better use of its resources and the more efficient process means […]

Off the beaten track

I have been struck by the way in which alternative asset classes are gaining more coverage. It is a brave portfolio manager these days who confines the selection of investments to mere cash, bonds and equities.But do not expect life to be made easier by the introduction of instruments designed to track, for example, commodities […]

Absent broker backs Concordia

London & Country has welcomed the creation of Concordia even though it declined the opportunity to be a part of the high net worth broker alliance.L&C head of communications David Hollingworth says the group, formed today, is likely to bring cheaper deals for the five members due to their leveraging of volume.He does, however, stress […]

Solving the income puzzle

There is a puzzle at the centre of financial markets. The global economy is growing, there are signs of inflation and interest rates are going up, yet yields remain low. In this article, James Foster, manager of the Artemis Monthly Distribution fund, unpicks this conundrum and looks at where investors can find income. There is […]


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