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•Oh to be a Welshman.” – Bankhall&#39s Tony Murrell on the abysmal

performance of the English football team against Australia.

•”I&#39m busy avoiding Australians at the moment” – Murrell again.

•”You are the most normal person I&#39ve had a conversation with

today.” – Direct Life & Pensions sales and marketing director

Richard Verdin to an MM reporter after a trip to the US.

•”I&#39m going into a black hole soon.” – Mortgage Brain chief

executive Mark Lofthouse.

•”Don&#39t take this the wrong way but will you take a look at my

arse. It&#39s really rather red and swollen.” – New Star marketing

director Rob Page after falling off a quad bike.

•Why don&#39t you drive into a tree and have done with it?” – Mail on

Sunday journalist Richard Dyson on the back of a quad bike to the


•”Trust me, I&#39m a civil servant.” – Treasury spokesman to MM journalist.

•”I didn&#39t plan for the Venezuelan factor.” – Prudential Premier

Mortgage Service head John Malone stuck at Gatwick after grenade is

found in passenger&#39s luggage.


TrustNet sees 40% increase in web hits

UK investment fund information provider TrustNet says the number ofpeople logging on to its website has increased by more than 40 percent since last year.The number of monthly user sessions has gone up to 190,000 in 2002from 120,000 in 2001.It calculates this figure by looking at the number of page impressionsthat users make.The top five […]

Canada Life welcomes offer from Great-West

Canada Life is welcoming an offer from fellow Toronto insurerGreat-West Lifeco which could see its UK shareholders netting anaverage of £4,600.The £3bn offer from its Canadian rival exceeds the previoushostile offer from Manulife by 15 per cent and would create thebiggest insurer in Canada. Canada Life has 60,000 shareholders in theUK and Ireland who are […]

1% cap can sap financial strength

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Martin Currie – Martin Currie European Private Equity Fund

Wednesday, 19 February 2003 Aim: Growth by investing in a portfolio of European private equity funds and European direct equities Minimum investment: Lump sum £100,000 Maximum investment: £2m Investment split: European private equity funds 85%, European equities 15% Types of shares: Ordinary Isa link: No Pep transfers: No Redemption date: July 1, 2013 Charges: Annual […]

2016 Global Survey of Individual Investors: How is investor behaviour rewriting the job description for financial professionals?

Trapped between expectations for near double-digit returns and strong apprehensions about investing in persistently volatile markets, investors worldwide are of the opinion that professional financial advice is worth the fee. But even though they believe individuals who work with a financial professional are more likely to achieve their goals, investors have a clear vision of […]


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