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Centre of excellence for equity release

The Equity Release Advisory Service has set up a centre of excellence for advisers, called Equity Advice to help train advisers.

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If providers paid indemnity commission on investment funds – like Norwich Union is introducing – would you write more investment business?

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Auto-enrolment: pay attention or pay the price

By Simon Fletcher

As a chief executive officer of a business in the financial services sector, I have been dealing with the introduction of auto-enrolment for our clients for some time, but I can also speak from an employer’s point of view, having to go through the process ourselves.

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