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Journalists and consultants found themselves inexplicably drawn to a room in the Centre-point building in London a couple of weeks ago while on their way to a Pricewaterhouse-Coopers briefing.

After wandering through various meeting rooms and floors, they found a gathering of people and settled back to listen to the presentation. It was only when a man started quite literally to monkey around the room that the reporters realised they might be in the wrong place.

But many stayed where they were, seemingly finding the behaviour quite normal for a financial services event. It was only when hypnotist Paul McKenna stepped in front of the audience that they made a swift exit. When the Diary counts to 10, you will wake and remember nothing.


Confidence tricksters

I refer to John McFall&#39s piece on March 25. I shall leave making comments on his main points to others, nor will I query his qualification, suitability or experience in financial matters, but will take issue with two particular words – restoring confidence. He refers to this principle no less than five times in his […]

Kenmir broaches IFA issues

FSA managing director David Kenmir and a group of IFAs will discuss the big issues facing the intermediary sector at a Money Marketing round table discussion next week. Eight IFA firms will use the session to tell the FSA what the real problems facing their businesses are and how the regulatory framework could be changed […]

B&B in link-up with Standard to distribute Sigma range

Bradford & Bingley is to become the main distributor of Standard Life&#39s Sigma fund range under a new agreement which the life office hopes will help it win a bigger slice of the mutual fund market. B&B&#39s advisers will buy through Sigma any funds on its recommended panel which also appear on Standard&#39s platform, currently […]

Schroders top the wealth league in financial sector

The Schroder family has maintained its position as the top retail financial services&#39 presence in the 2004 Sunday Times Rich List of the 1,000 richest people in the UK. But Bruno Schroder and family dropped to 27th place from 24th last year even though their fortune increased to £1.15bn from £893m in 2003. Rothschild Asset […]


Guide: how to change your auto-enrolment support

As we approach the two-year milestone of auto-enrolment, employers have had the opportunity to truly assess the capabilities of their chosen support. They are also now realising that getting to the staging date was the easy part, and that support is required for almost every aspect of the day to day running of their scheme. With the three-year re-enrolment window coinciding for many with the total removal of commission and Active Member Discounts from pension-related products and services, as well as the introduction of the pension charge cap in April 2015, many employers will have no choice but to review their support options. But, what is involved in transitioning your auto-enrolment scheme away from your current support options? This guide from Johnson Fleming aims to outline some of these key areas and provide information and discussion points on what you need to consider.


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