In simple terms, estate planning is ensuring that when a client dies their assets pass on to their intended beneficiaries but while this is simple in theory, there are, in practice, a number of complications.
Standard Life’s UK life and pension sales increased by 15 per cent to £13,174m in 2007 but individual pension sales fell by 18 per cent to £782m compared with 2006.Standard Life released its new business results today and simultaneously announced the news that its UK financial services chief executive Trevor Matthews was leaving to take […]
Prudential’s UK business figures were flat last year at £897m compared with £900m in 2006.Retail sales rose by 4 per cent, from £688m to £715m, driven by strong growth in individual annuities, corporate pensions, with-profits bonds and lifetime mortgages.Pru says the business figures are in line with 2006 because the 2006 figure included £63m of […]
By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist In her final article for Royal London, Fiona Tait reviews key changes she believes have transformed, or will transform, pensions. In my 12 years with Royal London I have been paid to review, study and explain the numerous changes to pension legislation which have transformed our industry in that time. This is […]
The Pensions Ombudsman has ruled AJ Bell must compensate a client for investment losses attributable to a botched transfer to James Hay Partnership. Mr R’s complaint against AJ Bell is it was partly responsible for the delay in the transfer of funds that shut him out of the market and lost him thousands of pounds. […]
Sometimes in business you can have an exceptional year and, provided you do not take it for granted, all is good. Allowing expenses to match an unsustainable increase in revenue is asking for trouble. As the claims deadline for PPI draws closer, it is clear the ambulance chasers will be looking elsewhere to continue the […]
Embattled mutual insurer Equitable Life has been bought by Reliance Life, part of the Life Company Consolidation Group. In March reports emerged the firm was preparing to sell. Equitable Life, which has been in run-off since closing to new business in 2000, was still technically owned by its more than 300,000 remaining policyholders, most of […]