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Executive stress

I recently “celebrated” 40 years in the industry. During that time, there have been massive changes, of course, the main one being the move away from a desire to provide the best service in the industry to a desire not to be the worst.

Despite being in charge of my own business, I have never really seen myself as an “insurance executive”. An article in my local paper said told an “insurance executive” who was arrested and fined for being drunk and disorderly was aged 18 years. I have heard of fast-track careers but this is just mind-boggling.

As the fracas was on Dec-ember 29, it made me wonder whether he was celebrating a good year or drowning his sorrows because of a bad one.

Mel Boustead

Barbican Independent Financial Advisors, Perterborough


Solus pushes way through multi-manager crowd

Solus Investment Managers has created a multi-manager fund of funds, which invests in 14 funds from different management groups. The Solus Multi-Manager Services balanced portfolio will diversify geographically, across fund management groups and asset classes. UK equities will dominate the portfolio at 50 per cent, while 23 per cent is invested in equities from other […]

Clash of the crystal balls

What price property market surveys? Homeowners and buyers are baffled by the clashing lender surveys which not only fail to agree on what will happen to house prices but can&#39t even come to a consensus on what has already happened. There are a multitude of surveys produced by lenders with forecasts for this year which […]

Standard premiums on CI plans leap 50%

Standard Life is increasing premiums on new criticalillness plans by around 50 per cent, saying the rise is due to advances in diagnostic techniques and IFAs wanting guaranteed products. The firm says research shows that IFA clients want guaranteed CI cover and it has raised premiums to continue to offer the product. Standard says the […]

Independent view

It is no surprise that this year has started out much in the manner that 2002 ended, with much unfinished business, both on the geo-political front and in a number of areas related to regulation. For most IFAs, the immediate focus is to eke out investment returns for clients in the hostile climate. If history […]

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Guide: Johnson Fleming produces auto-enrolment checklist

For a job as big as managing the auto-enrolment changes, it’s important to know what has been completed and what still lies in front of you to give you the reassurance that everything is in hand. Getting the planning and project management right at the outset can help you see the path ahead and ensure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. To help with this, Johnson Fleming has produced a checklist outlining every step that needs to be taken when preparing for auto-enrolment.


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