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The Diary&#39s favourite read has to be The Actuary and not just because of this month&#39s riposte to the BBC&#39s Great Britons debate, the Greatest British Actuary Ever poll.

Yes, it&#39s the puzzle section. Full of mathematical problems, mile-long formulae and anagrams, it is the equivalent of page 3 for the actuarial profession.

Actuary puzzle – five marbles are in a conical funnel and all marbles touch the funnel wall. The smallest marble has a radius of 8mm and the biggest marble has a radius of 18mm. What is the radius of the middle marble?

The Diary was just wondering if any IFAs can help.


On golden bond

Tax planning is – or should be – enjoying a time of higher than usual interest and, hopefully, demand. The reason why has been well explained in this column in past weeks but here it is again for good measure. In a time when investment markets are difficult, interest levels in increasing the bottom line […]

Dampier bucks income trend and goes for growth

Hargreaves Lansdown head of research Mark Dampier has broken with the prevailing investment trend by selecting six growth funds in a list of his top fund choices.Dampier, one of the UK&#39s most respected investment commentators, has chosen just two equity income funds, which are most IFAs&#39 preferred option at present, in his canon of 15 […]

More Than – Guaranteed Growth Bond Issue 6

Friday, 14 March 2003 Type: Guaranteed growth bond Minimum-maximum investment: £5,000-£250,000 Term: Six years Interest rate: £5,000 – £10,000 5% gross a year, £10,001 and above 6% gross a year Charges: None Return: 5% or 6% gross a year on half of the amount invested at the end of year one, plus 50% of the […]

Relief as Euro threat recedes

The threat to the UK&#39s tax-free lump sum on pensions has receded after a compromise on the EU pensions directive.The European Parliament had called for the 25 per cent tax-free lump sum to be used for retirement income only, which would have effectively ended the tax break.It has also agreed to water down the required […]


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