While savers in deposit accounts have never had it so bad, investors who rely on a rising income from shares are basking in the sun. The latest data from share registrar Capita Asset Services shows that dividends paid by UK companies in the second quarter of this year were a record £33.3 billion – nearly 15 per cent up on the same quarter last year. The biggest contributors to the overall dividend bounty were HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell, National Grid, Lloyds Banking Group and tobacco giant BAT.
The statistics are impressive. According to the navel-gazing Association of British Insurers, more than £1bn was paid out in critical illness claims last year, at an average pay-out of just under £68,000. Enough to keep many wolves from numerous families’ doors at a time of great turmoil. More reassuringly, more than 92 per cent of claims were met. Put another way, fewer than eight of every 100 claims made were refused. Impressive.
It is often said that insurance provides financial peace of mind – until you make a claim and your insurer starts to cut up rough. A cynical comment maybe, but that was certainly the case with payment protection insurance (PPI) in the 1990s and early 2000s when cover was missold by the bucket-load – leading to claims being routinely rejected. The banks were the guiltiest parties and they are still clearing up the mess with compensation payments totalling billions of pounds.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".