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Wild things

The Wild Wild West is becoming a favourite theme among financial services companies.

Not only has Halifax subjected poor Howard to more degradation, dressing him up as a sombrero-clad Mexican offering rewards for regular savers, but Bristol & West reportedly herded several unwilling hacks into its campaign against cowboy lenders and adverse credit mortgages last month and forced them to wear sheriff badges.

If it is a case of the good the bad and the ugly, the Diary is not entirely sure where it would place Steve Bee, the latest to jump on the Clint East-wood prairie wagon. Bee has gathered together a posse to ride into town to spread the word about pensions. The tour, called A Fistful of Dollars, start-ing September 25, aims to let the good folk know the score on pensions.


Trade bodies&#39 fears on FSA&#39s reporting rules

Trade bodies fear that new reporting procedures proposed by the FSA will add costs and mean an upheaval in business practices.CP198, published last week, outlines regulatory reporting proposals for financial services firms. In it, the FSA proposes a “streamlined approach to reporting requirements” which would mean that all intermediaries must file reports to the FSA […]

Parents want more info on Child Trust Funds

Parents want more information on the Government&#39s child trust fund, research from the Children&#39s Mutual has found. The research has found parents of the first eligible Child Trust Fund recipients plan to build on government allowance but are “crying out” for more information on the scheme. The research reveals 79 per cent of parents with […]

Future shape

What benefits do you expect to see in new-style critical-illness insurance?Robertson: The critical-illness market is still in a state of flux and I think it will continue that way into 2004, certainly in terms of pricing and the level of guarantees. Nowadays, the competition to have the longest list of illnesses seems to have drawn […]

A dedicated follower of fashion

IFA Hazlems Financial will be offering free financial advice to designers and visitors at the London Designers&#39 Exhibition, which is part of London Fashion Week.Every exhibitor will get a welcome pack from Hazlems Financial inviting them to arrange a free initial consultation with an adviser specialising in the fashion sector.This is the second time that […]


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