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Out of context: ‘Make sure you’re wearing your special pants’

“Make sure you’re wearing your special pants”

Fidelity press officer Steffi Ives does her best to excite MM hack Sam Brodbeck about the arrival of her latest press release

“It needs to be more touchy feely”

Apfa director general Chris Hannant has a strange criticism of the Pension Wise website

“You might want to take a holiday in April”

An FCA press officer advises regulation reporter Tessa Norman to take a break when the regulator partially shuts down during pre-election ‘purdah’

“We know we are going to have to build a car, but we are not quite sure what specifications that car has.”

A CII spokesman gets mechanical on building qualifications for unfinished pensions reforms



Tony Wickenden: Another brick in the tax avoidance wall

Last week I looked at (yet) another brick in the formidable wall of tax avoidance measures being built by the Government in the shape of the diverted profits tax to be applied to corporations satisfying certain conditions laid down in the legislation. Given its potential impact a “breezeblock” in the wall might be a more […]


Neil Liversidge: FCA was wrong to ban fare-dodging fund manager

I learned at an early age few things in life are black or white. Every day we negotiate a moral maze but paradoxically society seems ever more judgmental, with moral relativism increasingly seen as itself being innately immoral. Moral relativism is the view moral judgments are true or false, only relative to some particular standpoint […]


Tradeable annuities: A lifeline for retirees or potential misselling disaster?

It’s official: pensions are “in”. They are actually (sort of) interesting and, following the Budget, “normal” people increasingly want to talk about them. Most experts I speak to agree this represents an enormous opportunity for advisers and the wider financial services sector. But there is also an election on the horizon and politicians are sniffing […]


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