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I miss Mini Alan – he was my special virtual friend

From Julian Golightly

Much like Priya Shome I was disappointed to see Mini Alan replaced by the curvy Red. I always thought of Mini Alan as my special virtual friend with his own style. Seeing Mini Al’s flashing smile alongside my inbox every morning made my pulse race.

Alas now all this has gone. Does BM Solutions not realise there are many high achievers like me who now feel alienated because of this so-called eye candy? Bring back Mini Alan or even update him to Marvellous Martin, but please get rid of Red.
Julian Golighty
Raymond Sole Mortgage Brokers
East Sussex
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Pension provision helps european housing market

Research, by financial marketing specialists Teamspirit, has shown that the introduction of the Governments Self Invested Personal Pension provision is likely to cause an increase in the number of people purchasing second homes. However, the likely benefactors could be the Europeans as 71% of those who said they were now seriously considering using their pension […]

Ford appointed director of xit2s Conveyancing Portal

xit2 has announced the promotion of David Ford to the board of the Conveyancing Portal.The Conveyancing Portal is a fully automated and interfaced database acting as a conduit linking Lenders and conveyancing solicitors. Data is distributed in real time ensuring all parties in the process have synchronised information. Prior to joining xit2 in April of […]

PFS offers guidance in lifetime mortgages

The Personal Finance Society, the UKs largest professional body for financial advisers, is next month rolling out its fourth quarters regional meeting programme across the country. The workshop sessions will focus on the issues surrounding advising on lifetime mortgages, a topic that is rarely out of the headlines these days.The workshops are being held from […]

Landlord associations join forces

The National Landlords Association and the Dorset Residential Landlords Association have joined together in another step towards providing a coherent and more unified voice for the private-rented sector. The DRLA Committee has recommended to its members that their association be remodelled as NLA (Dorset) and this has now been passed at a general meeting. David […]


Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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