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The root of the problem

Royal Bank of Scotland is holding a swanky dinner for the glitterati of the national personal finance press and, like all good hosts, has been checking whether its guests have any special dietary requirements.

Among the common requests for vegetarian food was a more esoteric instruction from the BBC’s Andrew Verity.

“No beetroot,” his reply screamed, displaying a deep hatred for the purple root vegetable.

Good job he isn’t Eastern European correspondent.l More worthy pursuits from the industry this week as BM Solutions, perhaps somewhat ironically, launches a joint venture with homeless charity Shelter.

The two are looking to raise 350,000 through donations of 2.50 for every mortgage completed.

They are also arranging a number of fundraising events, including a footie match.


Johnston to grow Punter

IFA dealmaker Paul Johnston has been appointed managing director of Punter Southall Financial Management with the role of expanding the business.

Independent view – Nicholas Conyers

Any discussion between those born in Yorkshire or Scotland will include a lot of good banter. Typically, both accuse the other of, shall we say, being similar in their outlook towards their personal finances.

ScotEq Intl warns of tax-free dangers

IFAs must warn their clients of the threat of inheritance tax on supposed tax-free savings vehicles, cautions Scottish Equitable International.

Japan: mid-year review and outlook

By Chris Taylor, Manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economy: after a harsh winter that slowed activity in the economy, the main event of the first half of the year has been the debate over what impact the 1 April VAT hike from five to eight per cent would have; we are […]


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