Many years ago, I worked for a national IFA and found that apart from the customer-facing team of five, the other 20 in my team had no idea what we did. Sure, they filled in forms and sent out letters about pension options but their awareness of us and what we did was zero.
Societe Generale Adequity has brought out the New Energy Protected fund, a capital protected Oeic that applies a constant proportion portfolio insurance strategy to the World Alternative Energy index and cash.
PruHealth was named private medical insurer of the year for service to intermediaries by the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries at its AGM last week.The firm was commended for the improvements in its admin and for maintaining service levels while increasing business volumes.Permanent Health Comp-any won two awards for best individual and best group PMI […]
Platforms should brace themselves for a difficult second half of the year as sluggish Isa sales led to a soft second quarter, consultancy Fundscape says. Fundscape’s latest platform market figures show total platform assets – including the advised and direct-to-consumer sectors – grew by £32bn to £604bn in the second quarter of the year. However, […]
Advisers giving defined benefit pension transfer advice can expect to pay nearly double for their professional indemnity insurance premiums at the next renewal than those who do not advise in that area. QPI, which is part of insurance broker PIB Group, says advisers with DB exposure can expect to pay between 2 per cent and 3 […]
Back in April, I wrote a piece explaining why investors shouldn’t give up on bonds just yet. Given the heightened volatility in equity markets this year, I thought it might be a good idea to take a closer look at this asset class, too. The VIX index, which predicts market volatility and is known as […]