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IFAs say online valuations are priority for e-business

Most advisers believe online valuations are the most important e-business development for their business according to 1st Software&#39s latest research.

It polled 400 advisers online, with results showing that 81 per cent point to online valuations as the most vital e-business development to help their businesses.

The results reveal that a large number of advisers are using online services, with 40 per cent saying they use online quotations and product literature in addition to online valuations and e-submission services.

By 26 per cent say they spend more than 10 hours a week chasing client valuations in the traditional way.

1st Software managing director Mik Cons believes obtaining online valuations and being able to produce high-quality client reports are reducing costs significantly for most IFAs.

Origo managing director Paul Pettitt says: “The launch of new standard-based ecommerce services is the results of years of work coming together. Origo its sponsors, and IFAs, have put a great deal of effort into developing the contract enquiry standards and now we are seeing services emerge which make use of those standards.”

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