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Mallet man

England star Danny Mills is off to play South Africa in Birmingham this week – leaving behind his colleagues at Hargreaves Lansdown.

No, not the chrome-domed knuckle-dragging Leeds full-back but HL&#39s pension specialist who is part of the England croquet team. The Diary is assured that mallet-swinging Mills is a youthful twentysomething and not the geriatric you might expect. It&#39s a very exciting sport – honest.


Walking the tightrope

When the Department for Work and Pensions published its Green Paper in December, the response from practitioners was muted if not critical.Many issues in the Green Paper had already been covered previously in depth in the Pickering report so we expected more action, instead of which we got more consultation. Perhaps the criticism was unfounded, […]

Ironing out the laundering rules

Beset as we are by the requirement to identify every client every time, which is a time-consuming irritation, it occurred to me that perhaps something positive could come out of it.We all used to admit age on policies by sending copies of birth certificates, didn&#39t we, but now the spectre of Crown copyright has reared […]

Close Property lays on quartet for Sipps

Close Property Investment has created quartet, an exempt unit trust providing access to an actively managed portfolio of 13 UK commercial properties. The fund will borrow around 70 per cent of property purchase costs from HBOS and the bank will contribute almost half the remaining costs. This leaves £10.5m to be raised from Sipp investors, […]

Auto enrolment – so far so good?

Jamie Clark – Business Development Manager The recent report from the Pensions Policy Institute demonstrates the sheer scale of auto-enrolment so far and what we can expect in the future. We’ve pulled out the key information to save you reading the full report. Auto enrolment in numbers Sources: Pensions Policy Institute, The Future Book: Unravelling […]


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