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Number&#39s up

We hear that our Power & Influence List, apart from threatening the careers of those who feature too high in the list, is also giving people the opportunity to address each other in new ways.

When Norwich Union sales and mark-eting director Peter Hales got a letter from Oliver Wyman & Co head of insurance practice Richard Surface, it was addressed “From number 77 to number 97.”

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Product matters

You would imagine that the current state of the NHS would have people rushing to buy private medical insurance in their droves but with medical inflation increasing by around 10-15 per cent a year, is it any wonder that the individual PMI market is reducing by an estimated 4 per cent a year?There is a […]

A home from home

Maybe not the most prominent areas of change to “the way we live now” to come out of the Budget (with apologies to Mr Trollope) but perhaps having a significant impact on the lives of those affected are those concerning:The consultation on the taxation of offshore funds.The review of the rules on domicile and residence.Over […]

Talkback

“Yes, on balance. I have a problem with Royal & Sun Alliance, their administration can be poor. Maybe if they don&#39t have their investment arm, their service to IFAs will improve.”Terry Stevens, Centre Financial Services“Royal & Sun Alliance is not bad and neither is Friends Ivory & Sime but I can&#39t get that excited about […]

Boosting our annuity strategies

Targeting annuity purchase in lifestyle strategies isn’t anything new but we’ve just lifted the bonnet and injected an enhancement shot into the end-point of these solutions. The recent volatility has shot short-term volatility into equity markets and painted a very turbulent backdrop but we’re also equally faced with a stressed fixed interest environment. This can […]

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