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Many a slip twixt pup and zip

Hello, everybody! Welcome to the Rainbow house, it&#39s time to play with Zippy, Bungle, George and Geoffrey. IFAs who, like the Diary, spent most of their formative years in front of a TV, will be intrigued to learn of Intelligent Finance&#39s connection to the cult series.

IF&#39s new ad campaign uses the talents of a puppeteer who started his career as Zippy, the frog-like character who got zipped up if he was a bit too gobby. But why, the young viewer would often ponder, didn&#39t he just unzip it again?


L&G puts on a show of strength

Legal & General has published details of its realistic balance sheet revealing a risk capital margin covered nearly five times by its capital. The realistic balance sheet for 2003 shows total assets of £18.6bn and liabilities of £17.6bn, leaving a with-profits estate of more than £1bn. Its total risk capital margin is £960m, leaving an […]

The Exchange redesigns Exweb

The Exchange has redesigned its Exweb portal to help advisers navigate the pages more easily. The new look and feel is based on feedback from IFAs. The site now includes a new section called the research centre, which provides intermediaries with a single access point to a comprehensive suite of research services.

Compensation scheme defaults 16 companies

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has declared 16 firms in default and is encouraging consumers who may have lost money with these firms to get in touch. The Eastern region firms declared in default are Aldreds Financial Services in Great Yarmouth, Andrew Peat Financial Consultants (UK) of St Neots and CMB (Mortgage & Finance Services) […]

Black marks for Bright Grey&#39s admin backlog

Bright Grey has seen the first blemish on its reputation as advisers complain of delays in getting policies on risk. Many IFAs refused to be named in their criticism because of their liking for the company and appreciation of the fact that it has come clean early by warning IFAs in advance of the delays […]

Trusts: Easier than you think?

Protection providers often extol the benefits of placing plans in trust. The advantages for clients are widely recognised and numerous – inheritance tax mitigation, avoiding probate delay, controlling claim proceeds, and so the long, familiar list continues. Yet, dismissed as unnecessary form-filling, or simply viewed as irrelevant in the context of a mortgage sale, less […]


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