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Marsh Financial

This award is designed to reward IFAs who have successfully convinced businesses of the advantages of employee benefits and taking out cover for their staff. In first place this year was Marsh Financial, which beat Lambert Fenchurch Financial Services and Bland Blankart into second and third place respectively.
Marsh Financial director David Croft says: &#34We see the award as recognition for the hard work and dedication of our advisers and support staff over the last two years. The award has given us the added incentive for the future.&#34
Bland Blankart director Simon Heller says: &#34We are absolutely delighted by our success in this award. This, as voted by our peers in the industry, gives a clear signal to our clients, professional partners and potential clients that Bland Blankart provides exceptional quality in serving the corporate market.&#34


Critical market for IFAs

IFA sales of critical-illness cover rose by 22.5 per cent last year,according to Swiss Re Life & Health&#39s Health Watch featured exclusively inthe Money Marketing Focus Healthcare survey published this week.Overall critical-illness insurance sales rose to 90,584 from 88,171 in 1998.The survey also deals with uncertainty in the long-term care market andthe potential of healthcare […]

Abbey National announces corporate changes

Abbey National has announced changes to its corporate structure in an attempt to become more competitive in the increasingly internet-driven marketplace.Yasmin Jetha is joining the executive committee as group IT and infrastructure director. She had previously held the title of retail operations director.The bank has split into eight business units, half dealing with cutting costs, […]

Halifax to patent internet bank products

Halifax is planning to patent the account design and software for its new internet bank, Intelligent Finance.The bank claims its ideas are so exciting that it needs a patent to protect others from mimicking them.It will not release the revolutionary features until its inception in July, however, industry commentators are sceptical says the Financial Times […]

Investment View

There hasn&#39t been much change at the top of my favourite list this year.Perhaps I should say my favourite business list. I refer, of course, toFortune Magazine&#39s list of the US top 500 corporations. The Fortune 500 hasbeen around for a long time now and it makes fascinating reading.Fortune ranks companies by sales. Other measures […]

Time for a new approach to asset allocation

Trevor Greetham, RLAM’s head of multi asset, introduces the recentlylaunched RL GMAPs. Asset allocation has become an increasingly difficult challenge for investors and advisers in the years since the financial crisis. Sometimes violent price swings in stock and commodity markets coupled with the collapse in the rate of interest on bonds have made it harder […]


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