Govt to face questions if cold-call ban not in place by June

The government has given reassurances a ban on cold calling will be in place by June. Yesterday, economic secretary to the treasury John Glen repeated the government’s intention to introduce a cold-call ban as soon as possible. During the third reading of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill, Glen said Clause 9, introduced by the […]


Chris Gilchrist: A vision of the future

Mo wakes me at 6am because one of my New Year’s resolutions was to rise half an hour earlier. Using silent mode, she tells me: “we’ve had an upgrade”. I have learnt the difference between “we” and “I”. “We” means Mo and 200 million similar devices, the data cloud they link to and the AIs […]


Helen White: Firms need help with sick pay bill

Although the election campaign has only just officially begun, the de facto campaign feels like it got underway months ago. Over that time we have heard ad nauseam how each party will cut the deficit, whose cuts are fairer and who is better for business. The next government, whatever its hue, will have to prove […]


Emma Thomson: I’m sick of cynics doing down protection

One Friday night a few weeks ago, I was relaxing on the sofa when my work phone rang. The number was withheld and given the time I was tempted to leave it. But I picked up the call and I am so glad I did. Because it was a client. Her 40-year-old husband had died […]


Mark Holweger: Using health awareness days to boost CI engagement

My calendar includes a number of critical illness awareness campaigns at the moment. March was focused on prostate cancer awareness, while this month is bowel cancer awareness month. You may recall that Monday was World Health Day. These consumer campaigns are certainly welcome, as they raise the level of discussion around these conditions and hopefully […]


SunLife appoints former LV= protection head Mark Jones

Former LV= head of protection Mark Jones has joined SunLife as protection director. Money Marketing revealed Jones had left LV= in October after four years with the provider. He will join over 50s life cover provider SunLife on 1 June and will report to managing director Dean Lamble. Lamble says: “I am delighted with our […]

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Experts raise comparison site concerns ahead of FCA protection study

Comparison sites look set to come under scrutiny in the FCA’s upcoming review of non-advised protection sales, according to industry experts. In its 2015/16 business plan published last month, the regulator announced it will undertake a market study into non-advised sales of investment and protection products between July and September this year. It says: “We […]

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Close Sesame: What next for Sesame Bankhall members?

The UK’s largest advice network will soon be a network no more, at least as far as its investment members are concerned. After over two years of wrangling, of rumours of sales, management buyouts and plans to carve out its mortgage arm, Sesame Bankhall Group finally has an outline for its future. Following a shock […]


Sesame to scrap investment advice network

Sesame Bankhall Group will no longer operate as a network for investment advisers as part of a fundamental overhaul of the business. There has been uncertainty over SBG’s future since February 2013, when Money Marketing reported it had been put up for sale. SBG later confirmed it was carrying out a strategic review of the […]


David Barral to exit as Aviva/Friends deal agreed

Aviva chief executive of the UK and Ireland Life business David Barral is to leave the insurer after shareholders backed Aviva’s takeover deal of Friends Life. Shareholders of the two insurers backed the £5.6bn deal yesterday, which is set to create the largest insurance and savings business in the UK. In an announcement this morning, […]


Nic Cicutti: It’s time to debate protection out in the open

You can always tell when something I said is highly controversial. Either the internet explodes in a flurry of angry comments and I receive lots of emails denouncing me for my sins. Or there is a deathly hush. Last week, it was “hush” time, followed by Facebook “like” time. What happened was simple: I had […]