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“When you&#39ve just spent £6,000 on something, you don&#39t want to get too violent.” – Nick Bamford of Informed Choice sorts out his computer problems.

“Why is the mortgage sector the only industry that calls customers who shop around tarts?” – Purely Mortgages&#39 Ian Giles reflects on the semantics of the lending sector.

“When I&#39m stroked I always rise to the occasion.” – Alasdair Buchanan of Scottish Life persuades MM journalist to stroke his tigger (tie).

“Hello I&#39m Lyndsay from Lansons, the one you haven&#39t snogged” – Lyndsay Haywood suggests MM editor John Lappin will not print this OOC.

“Andy had a wood but he wouldn&#39t cover it up.” – Bright Grey&#39s Roger Edwards comments on colleague Andy Peter&#39s golfing abilities.

“The secret to success in this business is you&#39ve got to put your foot down with a firm hand.” – Aegon PR Adrian Cammidge.


Widows ponders offshore comeback

Scottish Widows is believed to be considering starting a new international operation two years after closing its Scottish Widows International arm. The firm has been in talks with key providers and IFAs in the offshore sector and is looking at the possibility of white-labelling a product from one of the leading providers to cut down […]

Bestinvest concerned over better than best business

An IFA has raised concerns that the better than best rule is only being adopted loosely across the market. The rule, which is due to be scrapped by the FSA after depolarisation, prevents IFAs from placing business with product providers which own more than 10 per cent of their firm unless they can demonstrably prove […]

Greenshields has marketing licked

Former Scottish Widows head of communications Robert Greenshields and marketing consultant Brendan Llewellyn are starting a business which aims to help financial services companies develop their communication and marketing capabilities. Communication for Business will provide a range of services including coaching for teams and individuals, masterclasses run on an open or in-house basis as well […]

Success story

Bruce LoveGooding: &#39Women tend to take a more holistic approach to building relationships with clients and providing advice. A lot of research has shown that they are naturally better listeners and provide more considered opinion&#39 Belcher: &#39It is difficult to gain the kind of exposure I have had since winning the award. To be able […]

Show me the money – earnings are central to performance in Europe

Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]


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