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Smith made deputy sales director at Scottish Life

Scottish Life is promoting Jim Smith to the newly created position of deputy sale director from his former role as head of promotion and e-business.

Smith, who was formerly head of remote distribution at NPI and assistant executive director, sales at Abbey Life, will report to sales director Jim Gilchrist.

Scottish Life chief executive Brian Duffin says: “Jim Smith has a road and varied experience in sales management, marketing and e-commerce. Given the changing nature of the marketplace this will be invaluable to Scottish Life as we target continued, profitable growth in the business.”


Fidelity sets up series of workshops

Fidelity is hosting its 2003 series of IFA workshops across the UK from January 21 to January 28.Beginning in Norwich, the workshops will take in Northampton, Gatwick, Birmingham, Swindon, Bristol, Manchester, Bolton and Leeds before ending in Belfast. They will cover areas including the sectors which Fidelity believes will be dominant in 2003, the likelihood […]

Jason Butler

The new Sofa director is not short of a few words, which could be explainedby a spell as a market trader in South London when he was younger. Butrather than turn him into a wheeler-dealer type, Jason Butler insists thatworking on a stall helped him learn how to “read” people.Although Butler has two entrepreneurial brothers […]

FSA will soon be losing its powers to Europe

Although much discussion continues about the activities of the FSA, itappears that some people are still slow to understand how financialservices will be regulated in the near future.When the UK signed the Maastricht agreement which codified many details ofthe single European market, it also passed many powers of government to theEU authorities.Importantly, it allowed for […]

Revenue in move to plug tax loophole

The ABI is to meet the Inland Revenue after it announced the closure of atax loophole which enabled some life companies to trigger losses for taxpurposes.Experts say that traditional with-profits life offices and those which haverecently demutualised will be hit hardest by the proposals.The Revenue says its proposed package will deal with anomalies which areallowing […]

Dividend slump? Not if you look globally

By George Boyd-Bowman, Manager of the Neptune Global Income Fund Recent research has indicated that global dividend growth will slump by as much as 50 per cent in 2016. As collapsing commodities hit high-profile dividend payers, George Boyd-Bowman explains why the US and Japan are his top picks for income growth in 2016. Click here […]


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