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So near yet so far for Channel Islanders

There was a long trudge home for some delegates at this year&#39s PIMS conference on board the Oriana.

Guernsey-based IFAs and product providers may have been able to see their homes – a mere two miles away – through the portholes of the ship but there was no quick boat ride home for them.

Instead, the delegates had to wave farewell to their island home and spend 24 hours nursing hangovers while sailing to Southampton, from where they flew back to Guernsey.

Next year, expect to see the Guernsey delegates packing inflatable canoes.

•Readers have all gone crazy with their fab suggestions for FSA hold music this week.

Storming into the chart are Changes by David Bowie and What Do You Want If You Don&#39t Want Money? by Adam Faith, suggested by Peter Wrigley of CIS Manchester.

Sesame research manager Dale Tranter recommends Gary Glitter&#39s Leader of the Gang but Syndaxi&#39s Robert Reid leaps to the top of the chart with the Diary&#39s favourite, Stealers Wheel&#39s “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”



New appointment at Homeloan Management Ltd

Homeloan Management Limited has appointed Andrew Duff to be Director of Irish Operations, based at the company&#39s new offices on the Ulster Science and Technology Park in Derry. Duff was previously with Capita Group Plc where he was responsible for business outsourcing contracts for a range of organisations such as the BBC, Abbey National and […]

Lincoln courts IFA market

LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP LINCOLN EMERGING MARKETS TRUST Type: Unit trust Aim: Growth by investing globally in emerging markets Minimum investment: Lump sum £500, monthly £25 Investment split: 100% in global emerging markets Isa link: Yes Pep transfers: Yes Charges: Initial 5.25%, annual 1.5% Commission: Initial 3%, renewal 0.5% Tel: 0845 071 0200 The Lincoln emerging […]

B&B axes 600 jobs to slash costs by £40m

Bradford & Bingley is cutting 600 jobs. It has already removed 150 roles from its core of 3,950 and expects to axe a further 450 posts by the end of 2005. The job losses are part of a programme to cut costs and save the company £40m by the end of 2006. Other savings will […]

DWP pilots IFA pensions advice in workplace

All employees should be given access to advice on pensions if no pension contribution is offered says secretary of state for works and pensions Andrew Smith. Launching a new pensions information pack for employers, Smith said the DWP had launched a pilot where six IFA firms are offering advice to employees who are not offered […]

Artemis Global Income: Making sense of global markets

The rally in cyclical ‘value’ stocks paused for breath in February, as investors took a more cautious tone and switched their attention back to defensive areas. In this article, Jacob de Tusch-Lec, manager of the Artemis Global Income Fund, explains how he has positioned the portfolio, given the many economic, geopolitical and policy risks that […]


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