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ABI group to advise on HIV best practice

The ABI is starting an expert working group on HIV to inform the insurance indu-stry on best practices and policy in dealing with HIV issues. It will be chaired by Professor Donald Jeffries and includes underwriters from leading reinsurers, medical consultants and pinkfinance.com editor & IFA Chris Morgan.

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UK workers will miss out on 285m of tax breaks this year by failing to take advantage of employee share schemes, according to research by IFA Promotion.The organisation says the figure represents the amount of tax which could be saved if the estimated 865,000 staff currently in a savings related share option scheme invested half […]

Tied hands

Having read Simon Chamberlain’s essay arguing for the inclusion of multi-tied agents in Aifa, the same old question looms large.

First Active offering BTL just for brokers

First Active is entering the buy-to-let market for the first time as part of its plans to expand its product range to intermediaries. The firm launched to mortgage intermediaries in June last year and is now widening its range with fixed and discount BTL mortgages for clients with a maximum of five properties. The fixed […]

Brokers put release at top of BM survey

Speculation has increased on whether BM Solutions will be entering the equity-release market after the firm surveyed 200 brokers on whether the sector has potential. Asked which market holds the most potential over the next 12 months, 36 per cent of the brokers who were interviewed in June put equity release at the top of […]

Is this the endgame for the current mergers & acquisitions boom?

Last year, worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) rose to an unprecedented $4.7tn, according to Thomson Reuters, a 41 per cent increase over 2014. Anthony Forcione, senior equity analyst at Loomis Sayles, an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, looks at what’s been driving this particular wave of mergers. Click here to view full article: Loomis-Sayles

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