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Striking resemblance

Is that M2 managing director Mark Howard or the evil property

developer trying to get his filthy hands on Warbury Warriors&#39 stadium

to turn it into a supermarket? The Diary hopes Howard&#39s business

methods don&#39t have much in common with the character in The Sun&#39s

Striker cartoon strip.We have never seen them both in the same room.

o Help the aged, Gordon, one day you will be just like them. This is

just one of the cards that the Chancellor will be getting on his 52nd

birthday this week. Help the Aged is sending the card to Brown and

all other MPs over 50 to remind them that they are increasingly

likely to get on the wrong end of age discrimination.


Pass masters

Reading Ian Thomson&#39s article about Pass (Money Marketing, January23) revealed what this industry can do if it has a united mind to doso. What a crying shame it would be if all the cooperation, pensionexpertise, experience and record of success, etc, were allowed to goto waste if Pass is wound up.As a relatively small IFA,I […]

Widows boosted by 25% increase in IFA business

Booming IFA business through Scottish Widows helped relieve the gloomof downbeat annual results from LloydsTSB.Widows&#39 sales last year via IFAs jumped by 25 per cent to£348.5m from £279.8m in 2001 on an equivalent premiumincome basis. The results mean Widows has increased its share of theIFA market from to 4.5 per cent from 3.8 per cent […]

Private pensions have widened rich-poor gap

Private pension provision has boosted the income of the wealthiestfifth of UK pensioners to more than three times that of the poorest20 per cent, a new survey reveals.Research from the Pensions Policy Institute reveals that the richest20 per cent of UK pensioners now have an average pension income of£19,000 a year – 87 per cent […]

Pensions worth more than 1%

Reading Peter Jordan&#39s Sandler Forum article (Monday Marketing,February 13) makes me realise just how far head office people areaway from the real world of dealing with the public on pensionmatters.Peter Jordan naively comments that all IFAs need to do is make surethe products they recommend and the advice they provide really do addvalue relative to […]

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Pension freedoms: stop the scams

At the beginning of 2015, we highlighted that the new pension freedoms that come fully online on 6 April also represent a very attractive opportunity for the criminal fraternity to scam savers out of some, or all, of their accumulated retirement savings.


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