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Ireland in danger of asset price bubble warns iimia

There are signs of an asset price bubble in Ireland, triggered by negative real interest rates, according to fund manager iimia.

Chief investment officer Nick Greenwood — manager of iimia&#39s accelerated fund of investment trusts — says the bubble is one of the core themes he has identified recently.

He says: “As Irish interest rates cannot be changed unless there is a policy change for the whole Eurozone, the resulting distortion could be more dramatic than that seen in Hong Kong a decade ago.”


Dial hard with a vengeance

The Diary hears rumours of how the boss at a big IFA firm used to have a very different take on cold-calling. He would play pranks on passers-by by taking advantage of two phone boxes situated across the road from his office.On slow days, he would wait until one phone box was occupied, then ring […]

When will it stop?

The FSA is set to issue a paper which will attempt to organise financial advice into different product and service areas or perhaps into advice based in different stages of life. It notes this may change business models. The aim appears to be joined-up thinking but all it may be doing is changing things for […]

Exeter FS acquires further PMI assets

Exeter Friendly Society has announced it is acquiring the private medical insurance book of the Royal Bank of Scotland Staff Healthcare Friendly Society, in a move which expands its membership base to around 65,000.Members of both organisations voted in favour of the transfer, which sees EFS now controlling £60m in assets.EFS chief executive Roger Cawse […]

ABI to consult on lifestyle questions

The ABI plans to launch a consultation looking at changing the way lifestyle questions are asked when individuals perceived to be at higher risk of contracting HIV apply for term insurance. Due by the end of the month, the ABI is currently talking with stakeholders including its members and gay charities to come up with […]

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Global benefits predictions for 2015 from Jelf International

According to Doug Rice, managing director of international services, in 2015, managing their international duty of care will become an increasing focus for UK-based overseas organisations in both managing their short- and longer-term challenges. As a result, strong independent advice and innovative technological solutions will become more important than ever in managing their global benefits.


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