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Morning glory

Congratulations to Vee Montebello who, after 10 years at Gartmore, is leaving to set up her own PR firm – Montebello Communications.

Last week was Vee’s leaving do. According to fellow Gartmore-ite, deputy head of corporate communications Kimberley Robinson, the event did not descend into alcoholic chaos but a meeting at 8am the following morning was not the way she wanted to recuperate.

“I may not have wanted to be there but I was there,” was Kimberley’s response. Considering how a number of us were feeling the day after the Money Marketing Awards recently, all we can say is that we agree with you whole-heartedly.


‘Fund firms wising up to poaching boutiques’

Fidelity head of multi-man-ager business Simon Ellis believes that investment boutiques will find it increasingly difficult to poach top fund managers from the bigger companies because they are wising up and locking in their best talent.Ellis says that although the boutique culture has been attractive to fund managers, big retail firms are waking up to […]

No more hiding place for Brown

After two years of ducking and diving Gordon Brown was finally forced to publish evidence he was presented with before his 1997 Budget on the devastating effect his infamous raid on pensions would have on the industry.

Assure thing

Vanessa Owen, head of technical services at LV=, questions why the Chancellor killed off pension term assurance just when it looked as if the product was helping to achieve the impossible of closing the massive protection gap.


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