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Business names, maiden names

Feb 27, 2015 2 Comments by
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It’s nice to see some articles coming through from women in financial services at the moment. Catriona Standinford previously brought to our attention the problems women face getting a job after having a child, in a profession which is well known for it’s flexibility. Her most recent article, is perhaps a little more light hearted, and discusses […]

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How To Find Good Professional Connections (And It’s Not About The Money)

Feb 25, 2015 2 Comments by
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Developing professional connections can be a complex business and takes real effort. You need to be smart in choosing which firms to court so you don’t end up wasting your valuable time on the wrong targets. Finding potential professional connections with whom you have a similar set of values is very tricky. The reality is […]

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Reframing your retirement proposition and showing the value

Feb 24, 2015 No Comments by
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Roll up roll up it’s going to be a free for all… The pension rule changes remind me of ‘Black Friday’, consumers raised into a froth of endorfined fuelled frenzy to cash in their chips and the world is theirs. What we seem to be witnessing is an ill thought through plethora of opinion about […]

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What’s in a Name? Brand to Standingford

Feb 23, 2015 8 Comments
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When it comes to having a career and building yourself a name in financial services, there is one challenge many women come up against that men don’t. Their surname. My surname has been a headache for a few years now but I have (at last) decided to change it. I know many other women also […]

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What’s working for you?

Feb 22, 2015 3 Comments
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I’ve been invited to speak at our local IFP branch meeting later this year, covering the topic “What’s working for you?”. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these; the last time I took along a box of my current favourite technology ‘toys’ and showed the audience of Financial Planners how client identification […]

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Economics, Aussies and Sinatra

Feb 20, 2015 No Comments
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A couple of articles with a political theme this week, maybe three. Mark Smith gave a punchy view on the pensions changes and left us in no doubt that he believes George Osbourne is pushing a cynical agenda, well aware of it’s consequences and with the usual scapegoats ready to hand. Journalist Sabuhi Gard gave us […]

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Talking Aussie: Brett & Jim

Feb 19, 2015 No Comments
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Working as a business consultant, I’m fortunate to meet other consultants from around the world at conferences and events. No one has a mortgage on good ideas and I find in sharing concepts and information from different markets we all have an opportunity to spark off each other. I’m also of the view that ‘business […]

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My Way: Frank Sinatra on Pensions

Feb 19, 2015 1 Comment
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I read recently that the Frank Sinatra song, My Way, was based on the French song, ‘Comme d’habitude’ which means ‘as usual’ or ‘as is customary’, a very different message. The point being made in the article was not a simple opposition of American individualism versus French traditionalism, it was that in order to really […]

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Investors stand to lose out if the two main political parties win the General Election

Feb 16, 2015 2 Comments
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With the General Election fast approaching – on May 7th 2015 – all of the main political parties are clamouring to spin and leak their policies in order to entice voters. If people were to vote on one aspect of their political agenda – economic policy – which party would win the election on this […]

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