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We think of ourselves as a marriage maker, but broker is perhaps a better term”

Intrinsic director Andy Thompson on the launch of a scheme to connect buyers and sellers.

“My jacket is superfluous!”

Royal London head of corporate affairs Gareth Evans expresses his delight at rare Edinburgh sunshine.

“It’s like Jenga”

Parliamentary assistant Andrew Wells describes the challenge of finding time in care minister Norman Lamb’s diary.

“I’m probably your biggest fan”

Praise from former adviser Bruce Dalton could go to MM hack Tessa Norman’s head.



Carney warns of potential future rate cuts as deflation looms

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says inflation could turn negative in the Spring and warns he would consider cutting interest rates if deflation persists. The Bank’s latest inflation report, published today, suggests there is an increasing likelihood of inflation turning negative before levelling off later in the year. Carney says inflation expectations are sliding in […]


Santander slammed over ‘absurd and worrying’ pensions stance

Brokers have hit out at Santander for “discriminating” against prudent borrowers after the lender said it would count auto-enrolment pension contributions as part of its affordability checks. Talks are ongoing between the mortgage industry and the Government over lenders’ different stances on whether to take into account pension contributions when assessing affordability. Nationwide and NatWest […]


Robert Reid: Revealing the hidden agenda on charges

I recall as a young salesman reading a book by Frank Bettger called How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. It was perhaps not the snappiest title but the contents were to help me for the rest of my career. One topic that made the biggest impression was the one on hidden […]

European Opportunities: 'It’s nice when stock selection results in a macro tailwind'

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