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&#39Keep gene tests secret,&#39 says MP

The results of genetic tests should be kept hidden from insurers, says Liberal Democrat health spokesman Nick Harvey.

Harvey has introduced a private member&#39s bill to prevent insurers seeing the results of genetic tests although it has little chance of becoming law.

In the House of Commons this week, he alleged thatthe current moratorium onthe use of genetic testing is not being observed by all insurance companies.

He says if it became common practice for genetic test results to be shared, people will quickly become dissuaded from getting tested.


Pick a piece of friendly Pi

The old saying that constant change is here to stay has never been more true than today. Virtually all traditional businesses are facing threats from start-up dotcom companies and from mergers, acquisitions and so on.All companies, big or small, must evolve or die.This applies as much to IFAs as to any other type of firm. […]

Julian Gibbs

London Pacific Assurance is the new insurance subsidiary of the Jersey-based financial services group London Pacific Group.It is the biggest listed company incorporated in Jersey and is also listed on the London and New York stock exchanges. It is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission.It has recently launched a guaranteed return bond, paying 7.4 […]

Net is cast wide for fund links

Scottish Equitable is offering information packs to IFAs to push its new external managed fund links.The packs spell out the philosophies and strategiesof each of the fund managers as well as the structures ofthe funds.Investors who take out a pension policy or other product with Scottish Equitable now have the option to put some or […]

Friends wins IT award for pension package

Friends Provident has won the British Computer Society&#39s award for information systems management.The life office won the award for its new generation pensions package which is a stakeholder-compliant pension plan administered using the latest technology. It beat Isis Alliance, which provided the computer systems for a North Sea gas pipeline and for Halifax&#39s banking software.Remote […]


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