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Navigation system broke down in the New Forest

How many journalists does it take to change a lightbulb? Or rather, to find their way safely to a press trip?On their way to Skandia Cowes Week to embark on a bit of sailing, it could have all ended rather suddenly when, upon arrival at Brockenhurst station in the New Forest, all eight journalists from two trade publications looked expectantly at each other before realising that no one had remembered to bring the phone number of the PR they were meeting.Nor did they have the name of the hotel where they were meeting. Or any other details whatsoever.The junket very nearly ended up at the closest country pub to the station.


U-turn brings electro extension

Adviser pressure has paid off with the FSA issuing an extension of its first mandatory electronic reporting deadline due to technical problems with the service. The U-turn comes two weeks after the regulator told Money Marketing that there would be no extension to the August 11 deadline even though advisers had expressed concern that technical […]

Stimulant dispensed at wrong time

So, the Bank of England has cut interest rates, citing slower household spending and business investment. As something of a contrarian, I cannot help believe that a rate cut at this point in the economic cycle only intensifies the risk that rates will have to increase more aggressively in future.

PIMS pair quit to set up a new firm

PIMS linchpins Evie Owen and James Goad have left Richmond Events to set up their own business specialising in smaller financial events. OwenJames Events, will concentrate on functions such as adviser roadshows and bespoke work for IFA firms. The duo also hope to work with research partners as knowledge brokers for the industry. They have […]

Aifa seeks researcher to compile files in retrospection fight

Aifa is looking for a research firm to help in an initiative designed to protect IFAs against retrospective action by the FSA and Financial Ombuds- man Service. The Stakes in the Ground project aims to create a universally-accepted source of evidence of current regulatory standards and accepted practices to inform FSA and FOS rulings. Director […]

Derek Stuart: where to find value in the UK?

Derek discusses a number of Œself-help stories as examples of where he is finding good opportunities in the UK With the FTSE trading at historically high levels, many investors have questioned whether UK equities continue to offer value. But, as Derek points out, the headline figures mask many opportunities at a sector level. He has […]


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