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Gadget of the fortnight: Health Kit on iOS 8

This fortnight’s gadget has to be the new Health content within iOS 8. iPhone customers who have downloaded the update will now have a white icon with a red heart on their home screens. Whilst apparently some of the initial content planned for Health Kit has been withheld for some security tweaks, it is well worth getting to know this feature as in the future it will have a tremendous impact on the insurance industry. 

Apple is delivering the service to encourage individual developers to create services built around the tool kit. It is really worth spending a few minutes playing with this to realise the full extent of medical data it can capture. It is quite clear to me that it is probably only a matter of time before somebody builds a Health Kit enabled life insurance application. 

Users decide how much medical data they wish to store and who they wish to share it with. But given the new iPhone 6 also includes near field communication, in the future applying for life cover could be as easy as tapping your phone against a contactless reader. Who says there will always be a need for paper proposal forms?



Standard Strife

Standard Life’s Steve Hartley got more than he bargained for when he agreed to be a volunteer at this year’s Ryder Cup in Gleneagles. Having landed the gig through his employer, Hartley set about directing visitors towards the course and providing commentary during open-top bus tours – proudly sporting his Standard Life-branded golf jumper. Now […]


ASA bans claims firm ads targeted at Lloyds customers

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned two “misleading” online adverts from a claims management company which targeted customers of Lloyds Banking Group. The Claims Guys adverts appeared in recipients’ newsfeeds on Facebook. The first advert was headed ‘Bank refund applications’, and stated: “Refunds are being made to many people who have had a Lloyds TSB […]


Could seismic shift in frontier markets promise a new dawn?

The MSCI Frontier markets index has experienced a shake out this year as geopolitical events continue to unfold in many frontier economies. But how has this affected risk when investing in the sector? And with the two largest index components now promoted to emerging market status, where are the next set of opportunities? MSCI announced […]


Sesame restricted move prompts 6% member exit

Sesame Bankhall Group has seen 6 per cent of its members leave the network since announcing plans to move to a restricted model. In January Sesame Bankhall Group told network members they had six months to move to its restricted option, become directly authorised under its Bankhall brand or leave the firm altogether. The firm […]

Investment clock economic update

In the latest Investment Clock economic update, Ian Kernohan, Senior Economist at Royal London Asset Management, discusses the implications of the US Federal Reserve’s recent hike in interest rates and upcoming French presidential election. The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and […]


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