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Out of context: ‘Advisers want core funds, but they also want a bit of sex and violence’

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“Advisers want core funds but they also want a bit of sex and violence.”

Seven Investment Management head of corporate development Justin Urquhart Stewart gives a sinister verdict on fund selection. 

“There are no zombies at the Department for Work and Pensions.”

Pensions minister Steve Webb responds to talk that the Government has run out of steam.

“We were in a three-way love triangle.”

F&C fund manager Rob Burdett takes a romantic view of fund selection. 



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MM hack exiled to Oz for FSCS ‘advert’

Last month WSJ sister title Money Marketing reported that the Financial Services Compensation Scheme wants to pay a PR firm up to £180,000 a year to “raise awareness”. The response was not what was expected. On the day the piece was published, a phone rang on the newsdesk: “You don’t know me but I saw […]


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