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Hop it hobbit

Last week, the Diary did something it has never done before. It read something in its downmarket rival twice. The Diary was flabbergasted, discombobulated, even.

Was there really a complaint from two hacks that after being treated to the premiere of Lord of the Rings 3, a PR executive had failed to deliver a taxi for them immediately? Surely a little too precious, my precious? The Diary suggests they get a sense of proportion about their status in life.

We would hope that not all hacks are tarred with the same brush and would like to point out that MM&#39s mortgage scoop meister was there. She got the bus home and passes on her thanks for the film.


Skandia prepares for A-Day rush with s32 launch

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Standard Life refuses to comment on UBS floatation plan claims

Standard Life is refusing to comment today on reports that investment bank UBS has been retained by the insurer to prepare it for possible stock market flotation if its current talks with the FSA over new accounting practices fall down. News reports over the weekend said UBS advisers had been hired to prepare Standard for […]

Nvesta – Secure Tracker Plan

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IFAs say Lumsden had to go

IFAs believe the resignation of Iain Lumsden was unavoidable given that Standard Life is now considering demutualisation as an option. They say he has been so belligerently behind remaining mutual that there is no way he could stay at Standard Life now. Informed Choice managing director and Sofa chairman Nick Bamford says: “Lumsden&#39s resignation is […]

International jurisdictions

By Neil Jones, Canada Life Investing through international providers has grown in popularity over recent years as investors seek out the benefits of gross roll-up and the wider range of investment options that can be available. When considering a recommendation for a lump sum investment, not only does the adviser have to select a suitable tax wrapper […]


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