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Group 300 signs GPMU deal

IFA Group 300 has completed a multi million pound deal with the ninth biggest union in the UK – the Graphical Paper and Media Union that has 200,000 members. The IFA group is in talks to provide similar advisory services to several other unions including Teacher organisations.

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Regulator looks at limits on MVAs

The FSA is issuing a consultation paper on with-profits that could see new restrictions on market value adjustments and target payout ranges for maturity and surrender values. The proposals, put forward by head of insurance firms division David Strachan this week, call for MVAs only to be applied when they are needed to protect the […]

Turner moves from FSA to deliver new CII exams

Paul Turner is to join the CII in January to develop a new exam framework. He will focus on driving through the CII&#39s review of its financial planning examinations and qualifications. Turner has been seconded from the FSA to the Financial Services Skills Council where he had responsibility for delivering the new exams. He has […]

Raising cap won&#39t close the gap

As a nation, we are not investing enough to provide decent pensions. The reasons for the pension gap are lack of affordability, a collapse in consumer confidence following frightening stockmarket volatility and a litany of scandals which have left a legacy of mistrust in the insurance industry. With its new-found social conscience, the ABI has […]

Prudential appoints new director

Prudential UK has appointed David Tildesley, who joins from AMP as the new sales director of its business to business channel.

India Election Update

What a difference six months makes. Speaking in September last year, we had warned of ‘excessive pessimism’ afflicting the market’s perception of India. Since then, responsible central bank policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), alongside improving global growth, has meant that India’s macro environment is strengthening quickly. The current account deficit has shrunk, inflation is falling and the government has embarked on a heavy dose of much needed fiscal consolidation. As a result, the rupee has been one of the strongest global currencies this year while the market has touched all-time highs, rallying by more than 20 per cent (GBP) since September. This begs the question: are we now in a period of ‘irrational exuberance’? Not yet.

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