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‘We’ve had the operation and we’ve now been separated’

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“We’ve had the operation and we’ve now been separated.”

Hargreaves Lansdown head of corporate research Laith Khalaf on painful a desk move which divided him from Tom McPhail.

“They are a bit like Man Utd – everyone wants to knock them.”

EA Financial Solutions owner Minesh Patel sticks up for emerging markets.

“Lock me up and take me away.”

The Platforum MD Holly Mackay begs to be rescued by Syndaxi MD Rob Reid.

“Do you know when autumn starts?”

Labour MP Teresa Pearce quizzes FCA chief executive Martin Wheatley over the regulators’ rather loose definitions of when seasons start.



Ukip attacks ‘immoral’ FOS over lack of financial qualifications

Ukip financial services spokesman and MEP Godfrey Bloom has launched a blistering attack on the Financial Ombudsman Service for not making its staff hold financial qualifications. Speaking to Money Marketing ahead of the Ukip annual conference in London today, Bloom called for FOS staff to be as qualified as the people they are adjudicating and […]


Aviva: OFT report could ‘kill off’ pension master trusts

Aviva says the Office of Fair Trading’s report into the UK defined contribution pensions market could “kill off” commercial master trusts. The OFT yesterday published a study into the DC market which sets out serious concerns about a lack of competition, legacy charges and poor governance standards. The report also warns trustees of multi-employer master trust […]


Brewin Dolphin closes three regional offices

Brewin Dolphin has closed three of its regional offices and has refused to rule out making redundancies. The three offices that have closed – Inverness, Hereford and Teeside – will be merged into Aberdeen, Cheltenham and Newcastle respectively. Though the firm anticipates no further closures in terms of its regional network, the firm admits it […]

First State shuffles co-managers on four funds

First State has made a raft of changes to the managers on its emerging market funds, which has seen Tom Prew replace Glen Finegan on the £4.4bn First State Global Emerging Markets Leaders fund. Prew will co-manage the fund with Jonathan Asante, who he has worked with since 2011 on the Ireland-domiciled $73m (£46m) First […]

The Day of (B)reckoning

A period of exceptional uncertainty started last Friday for the UK, including a fierce leadership battle in a deeply divided Conservative party, the timing of the trigger of the EU’s Article 50, as well as a potential referendum in Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Click here to read the full article


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