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Keith Popplewell

Personality of the year was taken by well-known figure Keith Popplewell. On the night of the ceremony host and TV personality Jonathon Ross described the winner as &#34A man whose commitment to professional development has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the country&#34 and its Popplewell&#39s commitment to the training of IFAs that took him to the sought after top spot this year.
Pipped to second was Scottish Life head of pensions strategy Steve Bee. Bee says: &#34I was absolutely delighted, but if IFAs don&#39t vote me top next year I&#39ll be very upset! Its very difficult to encapsulate some of the complex ideas on pensions clearly and without being boring. ScotLife has been very clear on what we think and IFAs have packed out our tours and thanked us for what we have been saying.&#34
Inspite of purposefully lowering his profile following the formation of the Association of IFAs, industry big-hitter former IFA Association chairman Garry Heath scooped third for his ongoing contributions to the intermediary channel. Heath in previous year&#39s has taken the honour of personality of the year an unprecedented eight times.


Knocked for 60

Eurolife&#39s international zero-risk capital bond is a tradi tional offshorebond registered in Gibraltar which invests in the technology-orientatedNasdaq 100 index.The panel disagree on how well the product fits into the market. Daviessays: “It fits in well. This is a niche market and there are not many otherproducts offering a no-downside guarantee.”Gaunt says: “It offers a […]

Halifax to patent internet bank products

Halifax is planning to patent the account design and software for its new internet bank, Intelligent Finance.The bank claims its ideas are so exciting that it needs a patent to protect others from mimicking them.It will not release the revolutionary features until its inception in July, however, industry commentators are sceptical says the Financial Times […]

Abbey National launches online bank

Abbey National has joined the online banking market, launching its own internet based banking service.The bank hopes to attract one million customers to its service within a year, and five million over the next four years. It faces stiff competition in this goal, as many of its competitors have already gone online.Barclays has more than […]

Julian Gibbs

The eTechnology venture capital trust has been launched with the intentionof investing in technology trusts and shares following the recent sharpdecline in prices.It qualifies for 20 per cent income tax relief and 40 per cent capitalgains tax roll-over relief, with both profits and dividends being free oftaxInitially, it will be invested 100 per cent in […]


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