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The star comes out

The Diary was quietly pondering the secrets behind Winterthur Life director David Thompson’s witty speech at the firm’s recent wine tasting night when the answer was literally thrust into our hands.

After politely enquiring as to the origins of Thompson’s endearing if slightly sexist “men are like fine wine, women are like fine wine” joke, Thompson offered a print-out of the gag complete with the web address from where it came. The answer is the personal website of bearded, bespectacled American computer programmer/amateur astronomer Jeff Bondono, who spends his nights observing the skies with his homemade eight-inch Meade Newtonian.

Behind every great man’s humour there is a nerdy computer geek.


Lincoln places Financial Foundations on Webline

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F&C says volatility will boost hedge funds

F&C is expecting funds of hedge funds to outperform traditional multi-manager as it believes they should be able to benefit from recent higher levels of volatility in equity markets. The company says hedge funds offer the best risk and reward profile during times of high volatility. Over the last three years, volatility has been relatively […]

Balls urged to axe Asps and end confusion

The Government should scrap alternatively secured pensions to halt the confusion surrounding the product according to pensions IFA Richard Jacobs.Jacobs, managing director of Richard Jacobs Pension & Trustee Services, has written to the Treasury Economic Secretary Ed Balls, recommending the Government abolishes Asps and saying unsecured pensions are sufficient to cover every situation for retirees […]

Professional touch

The biggest single issue facing financial advisers is improvement of reputation. Just about every subject which generates furious debate in the sector comes down to the perception either that the adviser is not respected or that derogatory comment is going unchallenged. A major subset of the reputation issue is the desire for perceived professional standing, […]


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