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Sandler strikes a happier note

For those of you wondering where Ron Sandler has gone since his blockbuster report, we hear that he recently surfaced somewhere in the Home Counties at a stately home for an evening of harpsichord music.

Hosted by his able assistants on the research, Booz Allen Hamilton, it seems that Ron was relaxing to harpsichord heroes Bach, Scarlatti and Purcell.

The perfect antidote after nearly a year of rowing with actuaries, IFAs, regulators and politicians. The Diary will offer a CD of harpsichord music to any further sightings of the bearded savings guru to any IFAs out there wanting to chill out after he turned their world upside down.

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Threadneedle Investments – Defensive Equity & Bond Fund

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Neptune video: UK economy: a sustainable recovery?

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