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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…

Single-minded approach to charity

When’s the last time you heard of a bank launching a charity single? I daresay one of the major high street providers has done so. But I’m jiggered if I can think of a name off-hand. Actually, I’m not sure any of them ever have. Feel free to get in touch if you know differently.…

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…

In a state: home truths about journalism and PR

I’ve just had a squint at Cision’s recent ‘Global State of the Media’ report for 2019. The research from the ‘global #EarnedMedia management software company’ included responses from 1,999 journalists in 10 countries. About 40 per cent of contributors work in print, a third in a combination of broadcast and online roles, with the balance…

Awards night: from grammar to glamour

Later tonight, all of the winners will be revealed as part of the 2019 Headlinemoney awards. The event’s often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ for the UK’s financial journalists, PRs, and communications experts. Broadcaster Danny Wallace will be hosting the biggest gathering of the year in the financial media calendar. Having been privileged enough to…

Robo copped

Unless you’ve been locked in a cupboard for the past few years, it’s been impossible to ignore the rise of robo-advice across the financial services market place. You know, those automated online apps from the likes of Nutmeg, Moneyfarm, et al, aimed at a younger investor profile compared with the sorts of customer who’d typically…