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Will Beckham get marching orders again?

Will David Beckham be sent off in England&#39s all-important Group F game against Argentina? The latest odds from William Hill have him at 33-1.

William Hill also maintains Argentina as favourite to lift the trophy at 4-1, marginally ahead of France at 9-2 and then Italy at 5-1. England are sixth favourites, behind Spain and Brazil, with odds of 9-1.

The bookies, however, give scant regard for the host nations. Despite convincing evidence that the tournament throughout its history has favoured the homes sides – Spain is the exception here but isn&#39t Spain always the exception in international football? – Japan is given an 80-1 chance of winning and South Korea is even further away on 125-1. And South Korea actually has another advantage. As a condition of taking the job of national coach, Guus Hiddink demanded permanent access to 80 per cent of the players in the domestic K-League. No other national coach gets nearly as much access to their players as this.

Hiddink&#39s main task appears to be in persuading his side to play a more offensive game. He says: “Korea is afraid of going forward and has to overcome that. It is a mentality that needs to be changed. History will show you that the country has not won a single match in four World Cups.”


Movision site explains film finance for IFAs

Film partnership manager Movision Management has set up a website to help IFAs understand film financing as an investment and its tax benefits.Movision has been making presentations to IFAs about investing in films and says many are confused by the variety of schemes on offer and their tax and investment benefits.It believes IFAs do not […]

Kreis Consulting – LICA VII

Wednesday, 27 March 2002 Type: Enterprise investment scheme Aim: Growth by investing in unquoted companies involved in industrial innovation, media innovation, technology and new media Minimum investment: Lump sum £25,400 Opening/closing dates: March 7, 2002 &#45 April 5, 2002 for 2001/2002 tax year, April 6, 2002 &#45 May 31, 2002 for 2002/2003 tax year Charges: […]

X marks the spot

The UK&#39s biggest mortgage lender, the Halifax, can certainly not be accused of avoiding controversy or keeping a low profile over the past few months.Along with HSBC and Nationwide, Halifax hit the headlines with the Financial Services Ombudsman&#39s ruling that its dual-pricing policies introduced last year were unfair.Insult was added to injury for Halifax when […]

Scottish Mutual Intl takes WP plan into Germany

Scottish Mutual International is taking its guaranteed with-profits plan into the German market for the first time.The plan has a choice of investment return guarantees ranging from 117.5 per cent of the original investment after eight years to 135 per cent after 15 years.As a special offer, SMI is increasing the allocation rate by 1 […]

Looking back at 2015

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist 2015 was quite a year for pensions. Change, more change, and proposed changes to the changes. The Spring Budget – pre-election plans With everything that has happened since, it is hard to remember what happened in March. Following on from the bombshell of the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor confined himself […]


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