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Richard Leeson joins AXA Wealth International

Richard Leeson has left Prudential International to join AXA Wealth International as sales and marketing director.

Leeson, who was head of UK investment development and offshore sales development at Prudential, has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked at Scottish Equitable and Clerical Medical.

AXA Wealth International chief executive officer Kevin Dean says: “Richard brings a wealth of practical and industry experience. In order to continue responding to the changing market dynamic and demand, Richard will help us continue to further grow our international business.”


AWD Chase de Vere in Quality deal for referrals

AWD Chase de Vere has teamed up with law firm Quality Solicitors to provide a reciprocal referral service for clients. Quality Solicitors is a nationwide business of around 200 legal firms based in over 350 locations. AWD marketing director Martyn Laverick says the deal does not offer financial incentives for referrals from either firm. He […]

LV= life sales boosted by increase in minimum retirement age

LV= saw a 40 per cent increase in life sales for the first half of the year, which it says were boosted by the increase in the retirement age from 50 to 55. Life sales at the mutual increased from £45.2m to £63.5m on an APE basis with retirement business up 36 per cent, from […]

Bob Diamond to become Barclays chief

Bob Diamond is to replace John Varley to become chief executive of Barclays. Diamond will take on the role at the bank’s annual meeting next March. He is currently president of Barclays and chief executive of corporate and investment banking and Barclays Wealth. Diamond says: “I am honoured by the Board’s confidence in me and […]

Rate gap grows as just 10 lenders take 85% share

The gap between average mortgage rates and the Bank of England base bank widened from 2.2 per cent in 2008/09 to 3.7 per cent in 2009/10, according to FSA figures. The FSA data on product sales between April 1 2009 and March 31 2010 also reveals that 10 mortgage lenders accounted for 85 per cent […]


The Brunner Investment Trust – April 2017

Welcome to the latest update for The Brunner Investment Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Lucy Macdonald. Market Review Global equities have rallied over the first quarter of 2017, buoyed by signs of strengthening growth and optimism over company earnings, although this rally has faded towards the quarter end. US equities posted their strongest […]


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