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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

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PI brokers raise concerns over new insurer Elite

Professional indemnity insurance brokers have raised concerns about the financial strength of new PI insurer, Elite Hoyl Underwriting Management, which offers cover underwritten by Elite Insurance, entered the financial adviser market last month with claims it can halt the trend of escalating premiums. But PI brokers say advisers need to be aware that Elite Insurance […]

Could Japan return to favour despite slow growth?

The ongoing economic reforms, continued loose monetary policy and a weak yen keep boosting earnings momentum across corporate Japan. The Japanese market gained further traction last week with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average closing above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years. Elsewhere the broader TOPIX index also surpassed its highest level since November […]

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Ian McKenna: Shaking up the mortgage advice market

While the mortgage advice industry is clearly now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago, when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared to the investment advice market. There is certainly far less competition in terms of leading edge solutions to meet consumers’ […]

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Pension Wise — now taking calls…

Those with decent-length memories will recall that in the 2014 Budget statement George Osborne announced the new (and entirely unexpected) pension freedoms. The new rules come fully into force in less than two weeks.

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