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Out of Context

“Eyeliner looks great but is really difficult to remove. I wore it once when I was an actor.”

Standard Life’s John Lawson educates the MM girls on the perils of wearing make-up

“I go to an FPC-qualified barber.”

Compliance consultant Adam Samuel

“What the hell is he doing here?”

A certain Scottish provider questions a rival gatecrashing their Christmas do

“Why has a White Paper got a cream cover?”

Pioneer chief executive Andy Chapman gets all pedantic at the income protection White Paper launch

“It comes to something, doesn’t it, when the high point of your weekend is getting hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing?”

Tom McPhail from Hargreaves Lansdown


Davy brands Brown “ridiculous” over PTA U-turn

Gordon Brown should be congratulating people for taking out pension term assurance rather than discouraging them, says SimplyBiz chairman Ken Davy.Davy sent out a message to his 3,000 member IFAs saying it was ridiculous that the Treasury should attack tax relief on PTA. Davy says: “I believe it is ridiculous for the Treasury to attack […]

Global backdrop

How events on the world stage are likely to affect the movement of UK equities in 2007

Latin vibes

I was recently asked to recommend a speculative fund where the returns are likely to be outstanding. I think the answer is to choose one of the Latin American funds, particularly one which invests in the stockmarkets of Mexico and Brazil.

ABI says Consumers lose out through claims firms

Consumers get a better deal complaining direct rather than using claims management companies, according to research from the ABI.The FSA produced data yesterday showing the industry has now paid out £2.7bn in redress to over 1.8 million customers.The ABI says data shows individual complaining through a CMC typically receive around £1,400 once CMCs received their […]

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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