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“You’ll find them in Hello magazine…”
London & Country associate director of communications David Hollingworth tells an MM hack about how he has sold the rights to his wedding photos.

“One beer mat doesn’t weigh much, but if I land two tons of them on your head it’s going to hurt.”
Nexus IFA Phil Frapple gives his view on platform charges.

“We can’t get away from what is happening in Euroland… or Disney Land, whatever they want to call it.”
Nationwide Building Society senior manager of corporate accounts James Chidgey at the Mortgage Business Expo in Manchester last week.

“I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but never a floater.”
Syndaxi managing director Rob Reid after being asked whether he was in a set group or a floater during a round of golf at Turnberry.



Mayor of London pledges to expand shared equity scheme

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged to expand a shared equity scheme helping first-time buyers in London. Visiting the offices of the Coreco Group this morning to discuss apprenticeships, Johnson pledged his support for home ownership. The Greater London Authority runs the First Steps scheme alongside housing providers, L&Q and Metropolitan Home Ownership working […]


Ian McKenna: If the app fits…

Since I last looked at financial apps in this column in January, there has been no let-up in the rapid evolution of smartphone and mobile devices. The evidence that they will quickly become the dominant device in financial services continues to build. The UK is the world leader in smartphone adoption, with a higher percentage […]

Peter Hamilton: The meaning of advice

In essence, an IFA’s role is to offer independent advice on financial matters to his or her clients and recommend suitable financial products from the whole of the market. That simple statement conceals a significant number of legal and regulatory hurdles and pitfalls, one or two of which are explored below. In this context, what […]


Govt urged to use health budget to fund LTC reform

An influential healthcare think-tank is calling on the Government to use some of the NHS budget to help pay for Andrew Dilnot’s proposed long-term care reforms. The Dilnot commission report, published in July last year, calls for a cap on individuals’ lifetime contributions to social care costs of between £25,000 and £50,000, with £35,000 the […]


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