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Out of Context: “Until now we’ve had a reasonable conversation.”

“Until now we’ve had a reasonable conversation.”

Ukip financial services spokesperson Steven Woolfe on being pressed during his MM interview.

“Now back to the whipping post.”

Derbyshire Booth managing director Greg Heath describes the experience of returning to the office following a well-earned summer break.

“Excuse me! As you well know, we only send thoughtful content.”

An agency spin-doctor is aghast at an MM hack’s accusation that the firm is trying too hard to get its client’s “thought leadership” piece placed.



ECB urged to take ‘bold action’ over deflation risk

Economic and Monetary Affairs committee chairman Roberto Gualtieri says the European Central Bank is “running out of time” to take action against the risk of deflation in the eurozone. Yesterday, the ECB announced its monetary policy would remain unchanged from June, with a negative interest rate for banks, a headline interest rate of 0.15 per […]

Hugh Young: Joko & Co help Asia stage a comeback

Asian equities were out of vogue last year – developed markets were the darlings of investor sentiment.  Partly this was attributable to the infamous ‘taper tantrum’. But it also reflected a deeper and longer trend: a growing recognition of the complacency that had seeped into corporate Asia. After all, with capital flowing freely and consistently […]


Revealed: The new Budget pensions recycling loophole

Pensions experts have raised concerns that draft pension tax rules published today risk creating a fresh pension recycling loophole. Last month, the Government introduced rules to allow annuity payments to decrease, freeing up providers to develop more flexible retirement income products in the wake of the Budget. The Treasury also confirmed it will introduce a […]


NatWest refuses mortgage applications from Financial Ltd advisers

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has stopped accepting new mortgage applications from members of network Financial Limited following FCA action against the firm. Last month, the regulator banned networks Financial Ltd and Investments Limited from recruiting new ARs and individual advisers for four and a half months after finding “systemic weaknesses” in the firms’ systems and controls. […]

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Pensions: trouble ahead?

The pace of change in the pension’s space has been little short of astonishing, and has left thousands of employers struggling to keep their pension policy compliant, and also on the right side of current best practice and governance. Many employers, and indeed many in the pensions industry itself, would like to see a period of no change during the next term of government. This would give all sides a chance to catch up and draw breath. 


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