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ScotEq achieves S&P AAA rating

Standard & Poor&#39s has confirmed a triple-A rating for Scottish Equitable. This covers local currency counterparty credit and claims&#39 paying ability. The credit-ratings agency commended ScotEq for having a strong level of capitalisation and business position, excellent expense management and good financial flexibility. It says ScotEq has a conservative investment strategy and believes the life […]

CU business boosted by strong single premiums

Commercial Union&#39s life and pension profits rose by 10 per cent for the first nine months of 1997 to £196m from £178m in the same period last year. New life business rose by 7.5 per cent to £42.6m from £39.6m on an equivalent premium income basis. The company&#39s pension business leapt by 40 per cent […]

Declaration of independence

The demand for independent financial advice continues to grow despite the publicity over pensions misselling and new direct-sellers such as Marks & Spencer and Virgin. A Special Report on Savings and Investment published this week by Mintel reveals that seven out of 10 adults prefer IFAs, according to a National Opinion Polls&#39 survey for Mintel. […]

How to pick a real Pearl of a salesperson

Are you a self-confident, mature or even semi-retired business person? Or a working mum with no background in financial services? Then Pearl Assurance could be looking for you to bring your talents to its direct salesforce. Pearl is claiming big success with a radical recruitment approach which it says has decreased recruitment costs by 30 […]

US loan growth is not painting a pretty picture for the US economy

Written by Mike Riddell One of the current big debates in global financial markets is whether investors should believe ‘hard’ rather than ‘soft’ data, where the usually reliable business and consumer surveys have been suggesting strengthening in global growth momentum for some time now, while the economic data that feeds through into the Gross Domestic […]

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