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Blooming ‘eck! The City takes Chelsea Flower Show by storm

Money doesn’t grow on trees, although fund managers and bankers certainly aren’t averse to lurking about in the odd azalea bush judging by the sponsorship line-up at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The annual floral spectacular for 2014 throws open its doors to the public tomorrow. What’s particularly eye-catching is the number of financial…

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Shameless selfie-promotion on a night of top awards

It’s been my privilege and great pleasure once again to chair the judging for the Headlinemoney media awards. The 2014 awards ceremony took place in London last week; a suitably glitzy affair which The Telegraph described this year as ‘the most significant awards night in personal finance journalism’. You can read about all the winners here,…

Retail is detail – but not in financial services

I had the pleasure of chairing a roundtable meeting recently which brought together various financial journalists with experts from NFU Mutual, the well-known provider of pensions, investments and insurance. The discussion centred around the Retail Distribution Review, that seismic regulatory initiative which became part of the UK’s financial planning landscape at the beginning of 2013.…

The rabbit that roared – the Chancellor’s PF revolution

For a Budget which was trailed beforehand as steady-as-she-goes, yesterday’s annual speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the House of Commons was nothing short of stupendous for those involved in personal finance. From money writers making sense of PF issues for their readers, to financial advisers and product providers at the coal face,…

An idea not to be tossed away lightly

It’s Shrove Tuesday today. A time, traditionally, when people went round singing (or a-shroving) for money at  Shrovetide, the day preceding Ash Wednesday and the start therefore of Lent. If the religious connotations are too much then why not just celebrate good old Pancake Day? For the record, I like my served plain but with…