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IFAs just what the doctor ordered

IFAs are as essential as a doctor or a nurse, claims leading protection provider Swiss Life in its latest ad campaign.

It says independent advice is critical to the provision of protection insurance in its Hero campaign promoting critical-illness cover.

The market-leading provider of group critical-illness cover is targeting 160,000 human resources and employer decision-makers through the campaign promoting IFAs in the protection arena.

Swiss Life has also enhanced its group CI plan, including maximum free cover increased to £250,000 from £150,000 for 100 or more lives, maximum benefit increased to £1m from £500,000 for non-flexible benefit schemes, a dependant&#39s cover option and improved children&#39s benefits to £25,000 from £20,000 or 25 per cent of the member&#39s benefit, whichever is less.

Director of employee benefits Graham Clark says: “We are constantly looking at ways in which we can offer genuine added value to our products.”

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Strong dollar can be a powerful driver of UK dividend growth in 2015

By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO 

This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar. 

In our view, this trend is much more than simply a one-quarter phenomenon. It is actually the most profound issue to get right as a UK equity income investor in 2015. We believe that the US dollar will continue to strengthen significantly from its current level. This is due more to the US economy’s demonstrable de-coupling from the rest of the world than to a view on the UK. The US has a strong chance of tightening monetary conditions this year without jeopardising growth or de-stabilising its housing market. The same can unfortunately not be said about the UK.

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