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So near yet so Scar?

This has got to stop. Once you get that face in your head, you can&#39t get rid of it.

Diary readers seem to be seeing Money Marketing contributor Tony Wickenden wherever they look.

The latest in the “Looks like Tony Wickenden” series in the pre-Robert Pires facial hair stage is this one sent in by Mike Richards of Capital City Media. Richards reports “a disturbing similarity between Al Pacino, your tax expert, and Tony Wickenden, star of several Godfather films”.

To be fair, the Diary has never seen them both in the same room.


Brewery boss to be Standard chairman

Standard Life has appointed Sir Brian Stewart as its new chairman to take over from John Trott who retires on June 30. Stewart is chairman of brewing giant Scottish & Newcastle. He has been a non-executive director of Standard since April 1993. Trott has been with the life office since joining as a non-executive director […]

Standard Life endowments

I have been caught out by Standard Life with their projections of maturity values for mortgage endowments. I did not realise, until a helpful member of staff gave me the tip, that Standard Life procedure is to: •Calculate the policy cash surrender value,•Then apply a market value adjustment•And the resulting balance is then driven forward […]

Who profits from with-profits?

Mr Jones invests £7,500 in a with-profits bond. Five years later, in 2003, it has a face value of £10,000 but an encashment value of only £7,500 – due to a 25 per cent MVR currently prevailing. This he can live with, for a while at least, as he was warned at the outset of […]

Survey shows just 10% of IFAs plan multi-ties

Only 10 per cent of IFAs plan to multi-tie some or all of their business while 68 per cent say they plan no changes after depolarisation at the end of the year, according to George Street Research. The survey, conducted for Money Marketing, confirms that the majority of IFAs do not plan to give up […]


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