Month: June 2019

Fact Finds and Risk Assessments are about Ethics and Morals (both for mattress salesmen and financial advisers)

WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH FLYNN: I went to buy a new mattress the other day.  Thought I’d treat myself to a good quality mattress from a reputable retail outlet. The latest developments in bedding technology mean that choosing a new mattress requires much soul searching after an incredibly detailed fact find and risk assessment. Naively, I …

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PLANTAR FASCIITIS and what’s wrong with financial services.

What’s wrong with financial services? Almost as painful and debilitating as what’s wrong with my foot! I’ve just been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I write this partly in the hope of getting some (richly-deserved) sympathy, and party because it illustrates what is so terribly wrong with financial services (especially offshore). It all started with a …

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DEATH BOND

What is a death bond? Also known as a life bond, portfolio bond, executive bond, offshore bond – or, if you are a commission-based broker – an 8% commission bond. Who provides death bonds? The usual suspects (many of whom also provide ghastly long-term savings plans that ruin savers): Old Mutual International RL360 SEB Lombard …

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