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Personal finance press at-a-glance 25-26 January 2020

It was a taxing time for readers with HMRC’s self-assessment deadline looming at the end of this month. Elsewhere, investment platforms went under the microscope and what’s the effect on the pound in our pocket of leaving the EU? Financial Times How fees eat into passive fund investments Madison Darbyshire reports on mixed results from…

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Personal finance press at-a-glance 11-12 January 2020

We’re nearly halfway through January, no better time for money journalists to focus on tax returns and a crucial self-assessment deadline at the end of this month. Elsewhere, a proposal to shake up the UK’s savings market received a mixed reception, while the financial implications of breaking up went under the spotlight. Financial Times Writing…

Direct approach to social strategies (part 2)

How do high-profile financial services companies keep on top of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al? In part two of this exclusive Q&A, Alison Traboulsi, Direct Line Group’s Head of Social Media, recalls a campaign where everything clicked and offers advice for working with influencers. Andrew Michael (AM): Is there a weekly pattern to your work,…

Direct approach to social strategies (part 1)

How do high-profile financial services companies keep on top of ‘social’ in all its many guises? In this two-part Q&A Alison Traboulsi, Head of Social Media at Direct Line Group, spoke exclusively to me about the challenges, issues and opportunities of working in this sphere. Andrew Michael (AM): You manage the social media team at Direct Line…

Woodford saga raises pressing issues

The Neil Woodford calamity gauge moved from ‘really bad’ to ‘catastrophic’ yesterday. This was a result of wealth manager St James’s Place’s decision to terminate its £3.5bn relationship with the fund manager. At a stroke this wiped out 40 per cent of the entire assets under Woodford’s management. Thanks to recent events, his reputation as…

Reporting perils of a hospitality pass

Do you remember Eastenders’ Peter “Awight tweacle” Beale? Barrow boy Pete was such a regular down the Queen Vic that his very own beer mug used to hang from a peg in the infamous E20 boozer. I also own a beer mug like Pete’s. On it is the dull, if accurate, inscription: “York Races May…