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“Actually, this is the problem with unscripted speeches, David Cameron wasn’t talking about Gordon Brown’s worst legacy, it was a German sausage reference to the wurst legacy.”

Hargreaves Lansdown’s Tom McPhail

“Chris Edge – aka Nemo. The man’s tighter than a fish’s arse at 30,000 fathoms”

Money Portal’s Alan Easter speaks highly of his MD’s generosity

“We’ve had the biggest growth of any other network – and not just by recruiting milkmen either.”

Saucer of milk for Money Portal chief exec Richard Craven

“You’ve all heard about road rage, you’ve not seen anything until you’ve witnessed Richard Craven’s printer rage.”

Money Portal IT director Andrew Firth


Resolution Foundation wants

The Resolution Foundation has called for a voluntary code of practice for price comparison websites after conducting research that shows many sites fail ing to explain the commercial relationships they may have with product providers.The foundation says consumers could be misled into thinking promotional features, such as “best buys” and “editor’s choices” are the best-value […]


Talent spotting

Scotland has a long and successful history as a major financial centre. Two hundred years ago it was the birthplace of a fledgling crop of insurance companies. The Scottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance Society, the first mutual company to be founded in Edinburgh was created in 1815. It was soon followed in 1826 by […]

Big firms lose focus on returns

Having a culture driven around your investment is the key to having a strong boutique offering, according to Thames River Capital investment director Michael Warren.He said that many larger investment houses tended to lose sight of this. He had worked at companies where the admin department was bigger than the investment department. This meant that […]

Something for everyone

Improved annuity guidance is set to increase uptake of the open market option. Samantha Downes reviews the choices available to investors who want to shop around

The death of retirement – a boost for protection?

According to our recent report on the death of retirement, changes in workplace pension provision mean that coming generations of retirees could have a radically different experience of retirement from their parents. The average contribution rate into an old-style final salary pension was around 20% of total wages, the statutory minimum for a new automatic […]


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