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Simply the best…

Not more awards, we hear you ask? Yes, we are happy to announce the following awards for the people and companies who gave us the highs and lows of another difficult year.

Best corporate hospitality event that didn&#39t come off Schroders balked at paying £90,000 for 14 tickets to each of England&#39s qualifiers as well as one semi-final and the final itself, with no flights or accommodation – apparently the tickets were half-price returns from Enron.

Best mortgage PR invitation “Get lashed in Lille,” said the invite. No doubt what was planned for Axis PR&#39s mortgage reporter trip to France.

Best press release on the bear market

Structured product specialist NDF Administration described the stockmarket as “staggering like a drunk”, while portfolios “resembled London in the Blitz” and investor confidence was “at depths last plumbed by the Titanic”.

Best pre-financial services job

In another life, Invesco Pensions chief executive David Butcher mixed the sound for Jimi Hendrix&#39s last concert.


Lansons PR Karen Brunskill, who names among former employers, a Suffolk undertakers- she would regularly arrive at work in a hearse. It&#39s a family thing – Karen&#39s mother works in the local crematorium.

Best party

Second best party of the year – obviously the Money Marketing boat party is the best – By a nose this is the Credit Suisse 70s disco (above), just pipping the Association of Investment Trust&#39s sun-drenched midsummer bash at the French garden of the Coq D&#39argent in the City

Best fight

A three-horse race – the bout at the AITC between an unnamed fund manager and an analyst who put a sell notice on his fund stopped by Bloomberg Money editor Julian Marr; the Caesar&#39s Palace that is the Penrose summer party, where on some reports this year&#39s brawl saw two City traders tumbling down the stairs, on others, there was no fight but someone wandered in off the street and fell down a hole in the floor; and the winner, the host of a wine-tasting event who assaulted Mortgage Edge editor Andrew Stewart because he dared to support the idea of Wayne Bridge playing left back for England.

Worst new corporate branding exercise

Some IFAs might say Scottish Life&#39s sparkling Bright Grey but the prize goes to Aviva (Not NU&#39s holding company but the website of a Vancouver-based Jewish lesbian group)

Worst undercover project name

Project Dyson, Norwich Union&#39s codeword for hoovering up IFA distribution


Cazenove Investment Fund Management – Global Opportunities Fund

Monday, 16 December 2002 Type: Oeic Aim: Growth by investing in companies globally except the UK Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000 Isa Link: Yes Pep transfers: No Charges: Initial 3.5%, annual 1.5% Commission: Initial 3%, renewal 0.5% Tel: 0800 0159592

Witan wraps up in pension

Henderson Global Investors has made its Witan investment trust available within a pension wrapper to create the Witan simple contribution pension.Witan is already available through other investment wrappers, such as an Isa or the Jump children&#39s savings plan. The company says many pension funds invest in Witan, so creating its own pension wrapper seemed to […]

New £1.4m lifetime tax threshold for all pensions

The Government is to impose a lifetime limit of £1.4m on pensions savings. According to proposals in today&#39s pensions Green Paper, there will also be an annual savings limit of £200,000.As part of the new unified pensions regime, any amount saved in excess of these limits would become subject to tax though the tax privilege […]

Splits are among top performing trusts in last year

Despite the tarnished image of split-caps, some of them are among the best performers in the market, according to AITC figures.Its research reveals that 25 of the 60 investment trust shares that have managed to make a profit in the last 13 months are splits.However, the AITC also found that the investment sector downturn has […]

The changing world of professional connections

The Legal Services Act of 2007, which opened up the legal market to competition, has put the cat among the professional pigeons. In the words of a 2015 Law Society report on what the legal profession is likely to look like in five years’ time: “Business as usual is not an option for many, if […]


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