Bupa Individual Protection will be looking at an early December launch of its protection proposition with online capabilities to 26 soft partners. A full launch follows in the first week of January. Phase one will concentrate on critical illness and life while phase two will introduce the expert underwriting system with further protection products.
Allianz Global Investors is planning to launch a UK version of its German emerging markets Bric fund. The German version invests in Brazil, Russia, India and China and has raised 57m since launch this year.
The appointment of President Bush’s top economic adviser Ben Bernanke to succeed Alan Greenspan as US federal reserve chairman has sparked a mixed response from the investment community. As bond markets in the US weakened and equities strengthened on the announcement, Baring Asset Management warned that Bernanke’s reign could bring further volatility to US inflation. […]
Aifa chairman John Gummer is to take Ivan Massow’s plight to the FSA, claiming that the case exposes fundamental flaws in a claim process that ignores a historic understanding of cases. The Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal considers that Massow’s situation highlights the “thoroughly reprehensible” way that life offices treated gay men in the early […]
Since last year’s reforms to pension legislation, a significant number of retirees have chosen income drawdown over purchasing an annuity. This has presented risks to both individuals and their advisers. In this article the risks are explained – and, importantly, strategies are presented that could help mitigate them. Read this article
Financial advisers waste almost five hours a week doing menial tasks, according to a study by adviser tech platform Advicefront. With an average hourly wage of £46.38, one hour in eight is spent on unnecessary tasks and costs advisers £220 per week in wasted time. The survey asked advisers how much time they spend weekly on […]
Last week, the excellent Money Marketing Interactive Harrogate event took place, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the panel on diversity in advice. Last week also saw the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. “If it had been Lehman Sisters rather than Lehman Brothers, the world might look a lot different […]
The total value of pension transfers fell from £10.6bn in the first quarter of the year to £8.2bn in the second quarter, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. According to AJ Bell, this is the first drop in value of pension transfers since the second quarter of 2016. The figures coincide with […]