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Give me industrial strength

More horror stories regarding the terrible taste in music that has long infected many in the financial services industry – and this time it’s serious. The Diary believes it is its duty to reveal the trio, who are all die-hard fans of German industrial thrash metal band Rammstein (pictured above). They are Scottish Life consultant Dirk Schmidt, IFA Andy Peters and Standard Life consultant Paul Catt-Camfield. There really is no excuse, lads.”The best part of my holiday was that I drove on the Monaco grand prix track. OK, it was 38mph in a Renault.”

Jupiter’s Alicia Wyllie”I quite fancy Johnny Vegas actually, in a very odd way. I’ll take a fat, foul-mouthed Northern bloke over an A-lister uber god anyday.”

Wriglesworth PR Fiona Chow”I am hoping for a slagging match.”

L&C’s David Hollingworth”Six people have wished me good luck today. I am not sure why. I am bit worried now.”

The ABI’s Stephen Haddrill as he starts his speech at the IEA Conference”It is like reading Playboy – you are only going to turn to certain pages.”

L&C’s James Cotton on a trade publication


Flight on A-list for safe seat

IFA champion and former Conservative vice-chairman Howard Flight is on the A-list of Tory candidates to fight safe seats at the next general election, according to sources close to the party.

Winterthurwants hard-hitting Govt ad push for pensions

Winterthur Life has warned that any Government drive to promote pension savings must be as hard-hitting as its drink-driving, Aids and anti-smoking campaigns. Chief executive Mike Kellard told the IEA Conference that a mixture of apathy and a lack of education is preventing people from understanding the need to save in a pension to secure […]

B&B returns to tied model

Bradford & Bingley is returning to a tied model as it rejects its mortgage panel of 18 lenders.The bank will sell only its own brand products and will close down its mortgage broking service as it focuses on buy-to-let, self-cert and lifetime mortgages. It says all pipeline business will be administered by B&B to completion […]

Sipp deal offers free first year

Lawrence House Fund Managers is offering a Sipp with no set-up costs or charges for the first year in conjunction with pension specialist DA Phillips. The two firms will pay the 805 set-up and first-year costs of the premier trust Sipp for any client introduced by an IFA. Minimum investment is 150,000 to qualify for […]

Finding security in bond markets

Martin Foden, head of credit research at Royal London Asset Management, explores the role of secured bonds, considering the impact of default and the characteristics of secured bonds versus supranationals and highlighting some examples. He also examines the evolution of the credit market and rating agency inefficiencies. Read the article in full: The value of […]


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