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Hats off

Hats off to over 100 Royal Liver volunteers who burnt the midnight oil on Red Nose Night. The pyjama-clad scouse army manned the phonelines throughout the night in the Royal Liver Building collecting donations.

Diary applauds the 150 Legal & General staff who gave similar stalwart service through the night at its Birmingham offices.


Open and shut case

Change is the word perhaps most often applied to the life and pension industry nowadays. For years, everything was the same. Now it is not.New business volumes are, at best, static and the market is oversupplied and the seemingly never-ending equity slide is dramatically affecting economics.With challenges to product design and pricing and the polarisation […]

Pension cap could turn away savers

Mounting a defence of people with pension pots likely to exceed £1.4m in the court of public opinion is not an easy task.These well-off and presumably dedicated savers stand to lose from the Pensions Green Paper but there is an escalating row over how many of them there are.The Treasury is wedded to its original […]

Exchange offers best service, say advisers

The majority of IFAs believe The Exchange offers a superior service to Assureweb and IFA Engine.The State of the IFA Nation poll shows 71 per cent of IFAs believe The Exchange offers the best service compared with 16 per cent opting for Assureweb and 9 per cent for IFA Engine while 11 per cent did […]

Out of context

•”Journalists always try and nick my nuts.” – iimia head of investment trusts Nick Greenwood after the mysterious disappearance of his cashew nuts.•”We can afford plastic spoons.” – Platform sales and marketing director Guy Batchelor.•”This is an anoraks&#39 convention.” – LibDem pensions trainspotter extraordinaire Steve Webb.•”Why ruin a good meal?” – Standard Life senior technical […]

Welcome to The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

Welcome to the latest update for The Brunner Investment Trust PLC from the trust’s portfolio manager Lucy Macdonald. Market Review Global equities ratcheted higher throughout February, buoyed by optimism about global growth and corporate earnings. All regions advanced, although Japan tended to lag many other markets. In sector terms, healthcare, information technology, consumer staples and […]


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