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Any would-be skiers about to jet off to the pistes should take heed of the recent experience of Cobalt Capital’s Andrew Montlake.

The PR guru was showing off his skills on the slopes last week when one of his ski boots slipped off, with errant ski still attached.

In what was probably not one of his brightest ideas, Monty reached out to grab the razor-sharp ski as it passed and in doing so sliced open his hand, severing an artery. Ouch.

He was airlifted to the local hospital before having to return from holiday early, nursing a rather large bandage.

Mole was particularly concerned when he heard this, as Mortgage Strategy acting editor Robert Thickett is currently on the slopes in Austria honing his rusty skills.

The hapless hack hasn’t skied for more than 10 years so Strategy hackettes are crossing their fingers he makes it back on one piece.


Adviser Matrix expands offering

Adviser Matrix, the free independent research service for financial brokers, is now dealing with 17 networks and national IFAs.

Singled out

The Financial Services Authority recently wrote to regulated firms stating that sales of single premium payment protection insurance for unsecured lending should cease by May 29 – some 17 months before the ban on single premium PPI policies comes into force.

Don’t play chicken with the Bank of Japan

By Josh Ausden, Head of Client Investment Strategy, Neptune Short-term yen strength has hurt the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund but recent events have only added weight to our conviction that the Bank of Japan will act to ease policy, boosting multinationals’ profits and weakening the yen. In recent weeks the performance of the Japanese stockmarket […]


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