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Framlington World Cup challenge

Week 12 of the Framlington World Cup Investment Challenge and we find ourselves at the end of this exciting tournament. The game has ended without the volatility in markets that we have seen over previous weeks, meaning that Nick Pike was able to hold on to the top spot for the third consecutive week.

The second and third positions remain unchanged in the final week of the competition, with John Bramwell holding on to second place and Brian Rooney securing third place.

However, congratulations are in order to Carl Dixon, whose imaginatively named Carl&#39s Team scooped the third and final Manager of the Month award with a steady 2.85 per cent gain over the last four weeks. Carl saw off stiff competition from Alan Smith who missed out with a 2.71 per cent overall rise. Carl wins an England shirt and a crate of beer.

Next week we will be revealing the overall winner of the Lay-z-Boy Chandler chair and Dolby widescreen TV – see Money Marketing&#39s Diary for the announcement.


Pension credit warning as FSA points to savings alternatives

The FSA has warned that the Government&#39s pension credit is a disincentive to saving and has suggested that some people would be better off not saving for retirement through a pension.The Government is implementing the pension credit in April 2003 with the aim of rewarding savers for their thrift with the message: “It always pays […]

Something to Crowe about

The Diary hears that at the recent NAPF conference, Norwich Union director of pensions development Jerry Barnfield tried to convince an audience of unwitting pension professionals that he was the spitting image of Hollywood heartthrob Russell Crowe.Nice try, Jerry, but thumbing through the latest issue of a glossy celebrity magazine (it&#39s not all work, work, […]

International financial bodies slam internalisation proposals

The Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers has rejected proposals by Euronext suggesting that all securities be routed to exchanges for execution.In a position paper to the European Commission, the APCIMS says that imposing the proposals would protect neither the integrity of the markets nor the interests of investors.It says a “one size […]

Opportunity to pick bond risk

Scottish Life International is offering an income and growth investment bond with two levels of risk and potential return linked to three stockmarket indices.The select income and growth bond 2 gives the choice of two risk options – opportunity or cautious – and returns can be income or growth. Returns are linked to the FTSE […]

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In Focus — May 2015: private medical insurance market in Germany

Welcome to the latest edition of In Focus. In this issue, Jelf examines the private medical insurance market for employers with expatriate workforces in Germany. This includes the common challenges faced in sourcing appropriate coverage, along with a selection of available solutions. This will be of particular interest to HR/reward decision makers with employees based in Germany. It will assess the cultural norms, risks and backdrop that are relevant to organisations with expatriate staff in this location.


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