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We suspect the phrase

We suspect the phrase, “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth”, is not likely to be adopted as a motto at Intelligent Finance. From its latest brochure: “At the age of four, Tiger Woods could handle 18 holes without embarrassment. And Bach was no mean pianist by the time he was three. But did anyone, hand on heart, expect Intelligent Finance to be leading the way in offset banking after a mere 24 months? Well, actually, yes. It is a phenomenal achievement but it&#39s one we&#39ve all been planning for.”

There is, of course, another Biblical saying about pride coming before something. For the moment, the Diary can&#39t quite remember how it ends.


Has critical-illness cover got a terminal illness?

Having spent a day attending a seminar by a product provider, I am tempted to ask if critical-illness protection has acquired a terminal illness.It has been a few years since serious or critical-illness protection was introduced into this country and we should feel proud of an industry that devised such a brilliant protection plan.I am […]

Beard&#39s a gooner

The old City dictum, never trust a man with a beard, is being challenged by yet another financial services mover and shaker, Darragh Leeson of Prudential. He was spotted at last week&#39s Money Marketing boat party sporting the beginnings of a peppery grey goatee.But all is not what it seems. Leeson&#39s real intention is to […]

Crash Bland

The Diary hears that those folks at the Henley office of Invesco Perpetual are being a bit mean to one of their PR colleagues. A certain Jane Bland has been adopted as a housing market barometer by the fund managers.Bland, who has been seeking a property somewhere in the Henley area while watching the market […]

EC could control mortgage regulation in UK

The FSA is warning there is a real risk that all UK mortgages will fall under the remit of the European Commission from 2006, usurping its own role in mortgage regulation.Speaking at the Council of Mortgage Lenders&#39 annual conference in London this week, FSA high-street firms director Sarah Wilson said “there is a significant chance” […]

The fifteen-year itch

By Neil Jones Technical support manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team. Canada Life offers a range of wealth management solutions, including retirement income planning, estate planning and investment solutions from a choice of jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. The treatment of non-UK domiciles that are resident in […]


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