Only 36 per cent of the 635 advisers who took the first sitting of the Chartered Insurance Institute's new K10 paper covering retirement options passed the half-credit qualification. The CII is disappointed at the low pass rate but says it illustrates the standard has not been watered down by creating half-credits at an AFPC level.
Actuarial consultancy firm Hazell Carr is launching a complaint management service to help IFAs and insurance providers resolve allegations of endowment policy misselling.The service is being offered in response to the Financial Services Ombudsman and FSA's decision in June to tighten compliance rules, making assessments more complicated for firms. Failure to comply can result in […]
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In a competitive market, promoting name awareness is something that all businesses should devote some time to. While we do not pretend to be the most frequently quoted company in the financial sector, we do have our fair share of press comment and media coverage.Over the years, we have utilised a number of methods for […]
Intermediaries will not be forced to join the General Insurance Standards Council after the Competition Commission ruled such a move breached the Competition Act.The Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal decided the regulator's rule F42, making all brokers and intermediaries doing any general insurance business become members breaches the Competition Act 1998.The move is welcomed by the […]
By Mark Martin & Holly Cassell, Neptune Mark Martin and Holly Cassell highlight three high-conviction holdings in the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund that they believe are well positioned to benefit from Brexit. Read more Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide […]
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