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Aegon looks for wider margins

Aegon UK says it plans to diversify into highermargin products and add scale by penetrating new distribution channels. It says it is currently ahead of its 2010 target plans to achieve a value of new business margin of at least 20 per cent and an overall market share in life and pensions of at least 10 per cent by 2010.

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Chris Hopkinson has joined LV= as head of national accounts for its intermediary division.He will be responsible for communicating life and protection to key advice firms.Hopkinson has held senior positions with Legal & General and MetLife and will be responsible for 20 major accounts.Director intermediary business Stuart Tragheim says: “We are confident that Chris will […]

FOS lead ombudsman to become pensions and PPF ombudsman

FOS lead pensions ombudsman Tony King has been appointed pensions ombudsman and Pensions Protection Fund ombudsman by the DWP.King replaces David Laverick who completes his final term of office in August.King has spent the last two years working as lead ombudsman, pensions and securities at the FOS.He joined the FOS in 2003 after nine years […]

Sipp tax claims may spark Govt rethink

Hornbuckle Mitchell says rocketing tax relief being reclaimed by specialist Sipp providers since A-Day should prompt the Government to review the borrowing limits on clients using Sipps for buying commercial property.

Bear hunt

Many commentators and experts continue to be relatively bearish on equity markets. It is not difficult to see their case. A possible bubble in the Chinese A-share market could easily burst and highly leveraged positions in private equity and hedge funds could suddenly go into reverse. Either of these could have a dramatic effect on […]

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