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ABI appoints new head of life and pensions

The ABI has appointed a new head of life and pensions following Alan Woods&#39 return to the DWP after his period of secondment. Woods will be replaced by Chris Kenny who is currently the director of compliance at Oftel. Before this he worked for the Department of Health and HM Treasury.

Kenny will start his new role in January, picking up responsibility for leading the ABI&#39s work on the savings gap, pension reform, health insurance and life industry regulation. ABI director general Mary Francis says: “Policy-makers are increasingly looking to the industry for new thinking and constructive ideas to help close the savings gap and ensure that pension provision is modern and efficient. Under Chris&#39s leadership we will continue to develop and expand our ability to play this role.”


Advice on authorisation

The FSA, supported by the Institute of Financial Services, is holding a seminar to help firms wanting to become authorised. Being held in Manchester on December 17, the presentation is one of a series of events aiming to help firms identify the standards they need to meet in order to gain authorisation. The seminar also […]

Just who has terminated who?

So, Sesame would have us believe that the exodus of members from their network is, in the main, a result of the network having “terminated” (what a choice of a word, underperforming IFAs. Personally, I do not know of anyone “terminated&#39 by Sesame for underperformance, whatever Sesame means by that. I do know of more […]

&#39Focus on planning and delegate fund selection&#39

Independent insurance analyst Ned Cazalet believes the time has never been better for giving independent advice. In his Life 2003 report, Cazalet says an increasingly older and wealthier population means that, despite difficulties such as increasing regulatory costs and falling commission levels, there are great opportunities for IFAs. However, he says many IFAs have been […]

Independent view

We were recently approached by a client who had been on our books for many years (although not very active) to conduct a financial review for him and his family. He was sent our terms of business, which detail how we are paid, as well as a financial planning questionnaire to read and complete in […]


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