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•”You know how to make a woman feel good.” -Sharon Prasad at Consolidated Communications to MM news editor.

•”Tell him I am stalking him.” – Schroders PR manager Susan Bell in phone pursuit of MM investment reporter.

•”It was like Pele scoring from the halfway line – I don&#39t think the Inland Revenue have forgiven us for that one.” – Intelligent Pensions director Steve Patterson reflects on a huge tax-free lump sum extracted from a pre-1987 scheme.

•”If you see me driving a Bentley Arnage, you know I have done well.” – Baronworth Investment Services director Colin Jackson predicting IFA firms selling out in 2003.

•”I would rather you didn&#39t prod me in the middle of the presentation.” – First State emerging markets fund manager Angus Tulloch.

“We have a cross-dressing salesforce.” – Invesco Perpetual fixed income fund manager Paul Read.


Critical premiums climb at Swiss Life

Swiss Life is increasing its critical-illness premiums by up to 20 per cent and is no longer offering guarantees on stand-alone policies.The move follows a general trend in the marketplace, which over the last few months has seen rivals such as Norwich Union raise rates by as much as 40 per cent.But Swiss Life says […]

Seller&#39s packs widely welcomed in survey

Housebuyers are welcoming the proposed introduction of seller&#39s packs to help tackle problems such as gazumping, according to a survey by Yorkshire Bank.Its quarterly housebuyers&#39 survey of 2,500 adults carried out in December reveals that 85 per cent feel the introduction of seller&#39s packs, planned for 2006, will go some way to ease the transaction […]

HSBC goes for uncertainty factor

HSBC Asset Management has established a guaranteed equity bond that could mature before its six-year term. The capital protected growth plan is linked to the FTSE 100 and provides a full capital return regardless of its performance. Investors could also receive 100 per cent of any growth in the FTSE 100 at the end of […]

Pulling a fast one?

Your paper reports Standard Life&#39s statement that the Green Paper will reduce the timeframe for selling a pension from seven to eight hours to three to four hours (Money Marketing, December 19, 2002). I don&#39t believe it. I would like you to ask Standard Life to prove it in the paper.Life companies like to think […]

Parental leave and pensions

Fiona Hanrahan  – Senior Product Insight and Technical Support Analyst We are often asked how parental leave impacts workplace pension schemes in terms of funding in general, auto enrolment and salary exchange. This article will explain each of these. How does parental leave impact the funding of workplace pension schemes? A member of a defined […]


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