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Practical help

Congratulations to Origen for sensitively responding to the London bombings of July 7 by offering free financial advice services for victims of the attacks, inviting them to gain help following the devastation.

The service, run by fully regulated volunteers, lends a practical hand to victims on their circumstances following the incident. Although it is just one of many agencies involved in the post-bombing support network, it is impressive to see a member of the financial industry taking an initiative.

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Is there a future for fund firms?

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Home on the range

Last week’s Money Marketing ran a story on the executive changes made at Bankhall and it seems an apposite time to give some contextual background to these changes. I would like to look at three core subject areas namely, rationale behind the changes, short term initiatives and longer- term strategy.

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