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Name game

Bystanders at Paul Cowman’s protection seminar at Money Marketing Live at the G-Mex in Manchester last week were amused to see the man from the Pru renamed to some- thing more befitting a fraudster.

Cowman’s name badge had been misspelt by someone at the front desk and read Paul Conman.

The Diary hastens to add that this is no reflection on Cowman’s exemplary character and it was a genuine mistake.

“I’ve only dressed up as a bunny rabbit once and that was because my mum made me.”

Financial Express’s Paul Wynne.

“There were 1,200 statisticians in this room earlier. What are the chances of that?”

IFA Simon Gibson at the PFS conference.

“A few years ago, my name was so far down the list I was getting orders for printing.”

Gibson again.

“You must have been very naughty to have to come up to the conference.”

Chartered Insurance Institute’s Steve Radford to an MM hack.

“You’ll need a drink by Monday.”

Sally Briggs from Polhill to editor of Money Marketing

“The problem with mini bars is they don’t come at mini prices or get you mini-drunk.”

Resolution Asset Management’s public relations executive Jean Birrell


House mates

Annie Shaw reports on the growing trend for friends and strangers to band together to get a mortgage

The bear essentials

Ihave focused on one of the Miton Optimal funds – the strategic fund – already. It has had a hard time this year due to a big cash bias and its limited ability to buy into alternative asset classes. Miton therefore proposes to launch the Arcturus fund, which will be a non-Ucits retail scheme taking […]

Mortgage Express hits back at critics on release options

Mortgage Express has cast doubts on criticism that equity-release customers are not being given sufficient information about their options. In a customer study, it found that many consider downsizing and consult their families before taking out a loan. Research from Which? in January slammed the market for failing to advise customers of such alternatives. MEX […]


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