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Shock and claw

Money Marketing’s investment reporter has learned better than to “give it the big lobster” over lunch.

In J Sheeky’s last week, he boldly ordered one of the luxury sea-beasts, grilled in a sauce of garlic butter.

But the sauce proved to be proved a good lubricant. The claw crackers slipped and a the intrepid reporter was showered with lobster shrapnel.

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Height of fashion

Former IFA Promotion chief exec Ann-Marie Martyn will be celebrating her 40th birthday climbing a few mighty mountains in the Himalayas for a month. In between worrying about the lack of wine bars and hairdressers she will be raising money for a local Nepali charity called the Help Nepal Network with a fashion show at […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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