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Greek bailout: déjà vu all over again

Greece and its creditors have finally reached a deal. So the immediate threat of Grexit has been averted and talks are due to begin shortly on the country’s third bailout. Are these grounds for relief and celebration? The short answer is no, and this note explains why, in three parts:

  1. What does Monday’s deal consist of?
  2. What are the preliminary hurdles over the week ahead?
  3. More fundamentally, why can’t this deal work?



BoE’s Carney says interest rate hike is near

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says a rise in UK interest rates is “moving closer”. Addressing the Treasury select committee today, Carney said “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer, given the performance of the economy”. He later added: “The point at which interest rates will begin to […]

Govt issues call for evidence on deeds of variation ‘abuse’

The Government has launched an open consultation into deeds of variation for tax purposes. In the March Budget the Government announced it would review the use of DoV for tax purposes. It is now calling for evidence on how often and in which circumstances DoV are used to reduce tax. The Government says it wants […]


Time for a reality check on protection payout rates?

Despite the protection industry’s publication of claims statistics, the perception still persists among consumers that insurers do not pay out as much as they actually do. Payout rates on life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection often exceed 90 per cent, providing strong evidence insurers pay the vast majority of claims. However, research from […]


Emma Thomson: Time to rethink protection policy design?

A friend and well-respected industry figure recently told me that, when insurers design their protection propositions, the proper place to begin is with the claims experience and work backwards. Of course, this does not guarantee a perfect outcome but it makes sense. We are in the business of paying claims: helping people make a claim when […]

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.


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