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In the right spirit of things?

Some might say the Financial Services Skills Council has been in the spiritual wilderness lately, stumbling on the path to exam framework enlightenment and failing as yet to find its qualifications nirvana.

However, the Diary has heard that PR Kate Saunders is taking a transcendental approach to her work. Earlier this month, she climbed the Himalayas with Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley to meet the Dalai Lama.

Saunders had an audience with the Dalai Lama for a few hours, during which she examined his advice skills.

Although the Diary is encouraged by the prospect of a exam framework representing a spirit of oneness, an Ab Fab-style skills council would be more exciting.


Rice to run new Cazenove offshore Euro equity fund

Cazenove Fund Management is offering an offshore European equity fund managed by former HSBC Asset Management star Chris Rice. Cazenove restructured its pan-European team at the end of 2002 and swooped for five HSBC managers, including Rice and Tim Russell, who have worked together since 1998. Rice&#39s performance at HSBC saw its European growth fund […]

FSSC aims to develop compliance role

The Financial Services Skills Council is working with the International Compliance Association to develop new standards for compliance roles in the industry. The FSSC is aiming to develop compliance standards which will ensure that the compliance function “truly safeguards business” and is interested in devising specific exams for compliance. It has started the first stage […]

Edinburgh Partners – UK Opportunities Fund

Type: Oeic Aim: Growth by investing in UK companies Minimum investment: Lump sum £10,000 Investment split: 100% in UK equities Place of registration: Dublin Charges: Initial up to 5%, annual 1.25% Commission: Subject to negotiation Tel: 0131 270 5570

Fixed rate bond from Nationwide

Nationwide is launching a new two year fixed rate bond paying 4.90 per cent gross or monthly interest equalling 4.75 per cent gross a year. The building society is also launching a three year fixed rate bond paying 5.10 per cent gross per year or monthly interest of 4.95 gross. Both bonds are available to […]


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