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“I knew something was going wrong when I realised it was 1.45pm and I was still watching Mary Poppins.”

Compliance consultant Adam Samuel finds it hard adjusting back to work after the Christmas break

“It is reading about annuities that makes coming back to work worthwhile.”

Hargreaves Lansdown’s Tom McPhail returns

“I don’t have a view of the river, so I have pictures of it instead.”

Skandia head of IFA distribution Steve Powell

“I was considering a spell at The Priory.”

The FSA’s Robin Gordon-Walker tells of his trauma after England’s disastrous Ashes tour of Australia.


Equity release gains popularity, says IFAP

IFA Promotion has revealed that almost 2,000 IFAs now list lifetime mortgages as an area of specialism. This figure has increased almost constantly for the last two years and, IFAP says as more people start to explore ways to supplement their pensions, this trend is likely to continue.In 2006 alone, over 13,000 people used the […]

Costs make IFAs reluctant to use discretionary managers

The need for IFAs to outsource stockpicking is increasing butIFAs are still being put off using discretionary fund managers by cost and loss of control.The claims were made at a GE round-table debate in London last week where IFAs and fund managers discussed GE Life research on discretionary fund management. The research suggests that wider […]

FSA announces distribution review group chairs

The FSA has announced its full line up of industry figures who will lead the five committees which are part of the retail distribution review.HBOS chief executive insurance and investment division Jo Dawson will head up the sustainability of the distribution sector committee and Royal London chief executive Mike Yardley will chair the impact of […]

Bupa slams Tesco’s PMI debut

Rival provider claims lack of medical history questionnaire will leave clients confused over extent of cover.


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