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“I have to go on google and search ‘how pregnant are you?’” chief executive Karen Barrett is not so hot at keeping tabs on her pregnancy.

“I don’t know what our ‘vision’ is to be honest.”

Intrinsic PR man Ben Howell says the company’s corporate objectives are important…but obviously not that important.

“We have a slightly abusive relationship.”

Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail reflects on the deterioration of his relationship with an MM hack.

“Michelle Cracknell was telling me about this very subject at 5am this morning.”

Swiss Re technical manager Ron Wheatcroft reveals the reach of The Pensions Advisory Service chief executive knows no bounds.



Cameron plans bonfire of regulations for small firms

Prime Minister David Cameron is to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses through a raft of changes which he claims will save firms £850m a year. In a speech to the Federation of Small Business today, Cameron said he is cutting “crazy and over-zealous” red tape by scrapping or amending 3,000 rules. In a […]


FCA orders Kensington to change ‘unfair’ mortgage terms

The FCA has ordered mortgage lender Kensington Mortgages to change a number of policy terms affecting 7,000 Money Partners customers over concerns they were unfair. In a notice of undertaking published last week, the FCA says terms in Kensington’s 2004 Money Partners mortgage conditions booklet provided the lender with too much discretion. The terms allowed […]


Aviva to offer platform discounts for new clients

Aviva is cutting wrap charges to 0.15 per cent for new clients with assets of £400,000 or more.  It currently charges a flat 0.25 per cent on Isa and investment accounts, while Sipps operate a tiered charged structure starting at 0.35 per cent for assets up to £30000, falling to 0.30 per cent for assets […]

Is this the endgame for the current mergers & acquisitions boom?

Last year, worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) rose to an unprecedented $4.7tn, according to Thomson Reuters, a 41 per cent increase over 2014. Anthony Forcione, senior equity analyst at Loomis Sayles, an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, looks at what’s been driving this particular wave of mergers. Click here to view full article: Loomis-Sayles


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