I could have waited and posted an updated picture of me on the beach in Sicily for this thread, but I wanted to relish my Standard Life windfall in advance. Millions of Standard Life customers will receive cash windfalls after members voted to end 80 years of history as a mutually-owned company.
More than 1.5 million customers and policyholders voted 98% in favour of a stock market flotation at a special general meeting in Edinburgh.
I know that there are plenty of arguments on either side for mutuality and demutualisation. From my perspective, I think these companies are anachronistic and very much hark back to a time preceding the safety of a welfare state. It is time to move on and make good business decisions, such as the one that has now been confirmed at Standard Life.
The windfall may just be a transient thing for many people like me, but goodnes, what is life if we cannot stop and stare the odd time!