View more on these topics

With cutout & I

London is awash with fancy bars and lavish restaurants to choose from when making a big announcement or launch so when Pink Home Loans decided to brave the stag and hen night haven Walkabout on Shaftesbury Avenue for its big day, it probably took many by surprise.

On second thoughts, a room full of mortgage brokers and scantily-clad drunk young ladies is probably a regular night out.

Even a shark attack has not been able to stop the GE Money Home Lending team rowing the Atlantic. The all-women crew, including Sue McMillan from the sales and marketing team, had to deal with a shark-bite hole causing water to leak into the boat. As the shark continued to attack Sue cut off the anchor to ensure the boat did not capsize. The team now have less than 500 miles to go and is raising money for Shelterbox.

Lanson legend Sarah Whelband gave her cleaner a bit of a fright while at uni due to an obsession with Richard E Grant (pictured left). “Wheelie Bin” attended a book signing where she met the actor and was presented with a life-size cardboard cutout of him by her flatmates. When the cleaner arrived, she did not realise it was cardboard and started chatting away. The Diary thinks she should take it to work to liven up brainstorming sessions.


Investors fail to capitalise on equities in 2005

92.9 per cent of private investors have failed to identify equities as the best performing asset class in 2005 according to New Star research.The research, conducted in association with NMG, surveyed more than 2000 investors from across the UK asking which asset class they thought was the best performer over the 12 months to December […]

Mortgage brokers predict house price rise

Almost two thirds of brokers expect house prices to rise this year, according to a survey by UCB Home Loans.The survey of nearly 1500 mortgage brokers conducted in January shows 31 per cent expect them to remain broadly the same as in 2005, and only four per cent think they will fall.According to the survey […]

Tech fund will turn away Fofs

Close Finsbury head of distribution Stuart Alexander says the firm will turn away any fund of funds managers wanting to invest in its technology fund. The 900,000 fund grew to 10m in the technology bubble but it suffered when two fund of fund managers withdrew their combined investment of 8.5m. Alexander says: “This fund will […]

Mifid rules use flexible approach

The final draft of the Mifid level 2 rules reveal that the EU is adopting a flexible principle-based approach, giving the FSA scope for implementation. Advisers will not have to record all client conversations but will face more stringent rules regarding product suitability justifications.


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment


    Why register with Money Marketing ?

    Providing trusted insight for professional advisers. Since 1985 Money Marketing has helped promote and analyse the financial adviser community in the UK and continues to be the trusted industry brand for independent insight and thought leadership.

    News & analysis delivered directly to your inbox
    Register today to receive our range of news alerts including daily and weekly briefings

    Money Marketing Events
    Be the first to hear about our industry leading conferences, awards, roundtables and more.

    Research and insight
    Take part in and see the results of Money Marketing's flagship investigations into industry trends.

    Have your say
    Only registered users can post comments. As the voice of the adviser community, our content generates robust debate. Sign up today and make your voice heard.

    Register now

    Having problems?

    Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3712

    Lines are open Monday to Friday 9:00am -5.00pm