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IFAs will lose market share following depolarisation – survey

IFAs&#39 market share of regulated products could fall as low as 25 per cent in a depolarised world according to research from market analysts Datamonitor.

In a report issued this week, The Future of UK Financial Advice Market, Datamonitor said IFAs, who are currently responsible for the sales of 60 per cent of all life, pensions and investments products in the UK, will lose out versus new competitors such as multi-tied firms.

It also says in order to survive providers must embrace any changes, even if it means a fundamental restructuring to the way they run their businesses.


Guidelines for venture businesses

Sedgwick Independent Financial Consultants is issuing guidelines to local businesses which are looking to use Government venture capital funds.The guidelines emphasise the importance of insurance cover to ensure the companies can repay loans. The IFA stresses the importance of income protection insurance cover and scouring the market to get the most competitive rates.Last week, the […]

Outside Edge – Graeme Laws

Once upon a time, life insurance companies made clear promises. Then, as now, making promises was risky, so they calculated the premiums on a pretty conservative basis. So, when the time came to fulfil the promises, there was lots left over.They put the customer first and thought that some of this “lots left over” should […]

Providers reject pension compulsion rumours

Providers have rejected the idea the Government would be seriously considering extending compulsion on pension savings at this stage, despite a story in a newspaper today.They say there is no way such a move would be considered until Alan Pickering publishes his final report this summer and also that it would spark outrage amongst employers.Prudential […]

Cazenove offers multi-manager portfolio service

Cazenove Investment Fund Management has introduced a portfolio management service that provides access to four multi-manager funds of funds.The Cazenove universal portfolio management service contains the Cazenove universal UK growth portfolio, Cazenove universal balanced portfolio, Cazenove universal growth portfolio and Cazenove universal international portfolio (ex UK) funds.When selecting funds for each portfolio, the fund management […]

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Pension freedoms: stop the scams

At the beginning of 2015, we highlighted that the new pension freedoms that come fully online on 6 April also represent a very attractive opportunity for the criminal fraternity to scam savers out of some, or all, of their accumulated retirement savings.


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