Skandia PR Alex Jones certainly knows how to treat a group of journalists. Not for him the decadence of Claridges or The Ivy.No, Mr Jones decided that a plate of crickets and locusts was the best thing to offer up to the famished hacks. The delightfully named love bug salad was gratefully accepted by most of the party along with a dollop of wildebeest for those with less stable stomachs. The crispy creatures were surprisingly tasty and one MM reporter even brought back a doggy bag of the fried bugs back to the office because they could not get enough of the crunchy creepy crawlies.
John Charcol is looking at offering mortgages via affinity partnerships with football clubs. The broker believes that many football supporters are getting a poor deal with poor affinity deals on other financial services products such as credit cards and general insurance when products are sold direct and it believes that a broking service would offer […]
Commission is not evil and should not be wiped out of the industry, SimplyBiz chairman Ken Davy told an audience at Money Marketing Live in Manchester on Tuesday. Davy, speaking at a panel debate about the future of the intermediary, said it is not up to the FSA to decide what type of business model […]
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Apparently the Egyptian queen Cleopatra was so monumentally peeved about her boyfriend, Antony, dying and the prospect of being ruled by the invading Augustus Caesar she committed suicide by allowing some poisonous asps to bite her.
Derek discusses a number of self-help stories as examples of where he is finding good opportunities in the UK With the FTSE trading at historically high levels, many investors have questioned whether UK equities continue to offer value. But, as Derek points out, the headline figures mask many opportunities at a sector level. He has […]
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A long‑term strategy for the asset management industry will be published by the Government, it was announced in today’s Budget. The Investment Management Strategy 2 will ensure the industry “continues to thrive and deliver the best possible outcomes for investors and the UK economy,” the Autumn Budget policy paper says. The Government will work closely […]
The state of the UK economy with Brexit looming In 2017, growth is expected to come in at 1.5 per cent, falling to 1.4 per cent in 2018 Through 2019 and 2020, growth is set to fall again to 1.3 per cent, before picking up to 1.5 per cent in 2021 and then to 1.6 […]
Chancellor Philip Hammond has scrapped stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties worth up to £300,000. Speculation was rife in the media in the run up to the announcement that the tax would be scrapped altogether for FTBs to make home ownership more affordable for young people in the UK. The Chancellor has said that […]