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“Calm down. Take up yoga, whatever is necessary.”

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow recommends yoga as a suitable stress remedy for one Tory MP getting a bit carried away during the Autumn Statement.

“It takes 50 years to decommission a nuclear reactor but 60 years to pay out all the pensions in our fund.”

Conservative peer Lord Balfe quotes CERN in his maiden speech to the House of Lords during last week’s Pensions Bill debate.

“Steve Webb is not alone; we are all sinners.”

The Bishop of Derby remarks on the pensions minister’s change of heart on a charge cap during a Pensions Bill debate in the House of Lords last week.

“Alex Salmond says the Scottish economy is a celtic tiger – which is true, if it means a pissed tiger staggering around clutching a can of Irn Bru.”

Host of the Centaur Awards Marcus Brigstocke on why Scottish independence won’t work



Treasury brings forward state pension age rises

Chancellor George Osborne said British citizens should expect to spend one-third of their adult lives in retirement as he set out plans to bring forward planned increases to the state pension age. In the Autumn Statement last week, Osborne said the state pension age rise to 68 would be brought forward from 2046 to the mid-2030s, […]


Miton Special Sits co-manager James Sullivan to leave

Fund manager James Sullivan is to leave Miton Group in the new year to take a break from the industry. Sullivan has spent 12 years with the group, and worked with Martin Gray on the firm’s multi-manager range, including the £856m CF Miton Special Situations fund. Miton head of sales and marketing Ian Chimes says […]


Ashcourt Rowan acquires UK Wealth Management for £14m

Ashcourt Rowan is to acquire adviser firm UK Wealth Management for up to £14.25m and plans to fund the move through a share placing. The deal, subject to approval from the Financial Conduct Authority, will add £1.3bn in assets under management to Ashcourt Rowan’s books as well as five offices in the north of England. […]


Govt looks to extend Isa retail bond scope

The Government is looking to extend the range of retail bonds which can be held within stocks and shares Isas. In last week’s Autumn Statement, the Government announced it was considering allowing retail bonds to be held in stocks and shares Isa which have a maturity term of less than five years. The statement says: […]

Responsibility Matters

The latest update from the Sustainable Investments Team at Royal London Asset Management, Responsibility Matters, is now available. In this edition the team look at issues such as the growing acceptance of sustainable investing and technology in China. Read the update here: The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and […]


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