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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

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Apfa fails to act on FSCS costs after calling for NAO audit

Apfa has failed to submit a request to the National Audit Office to review the costs of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, despite publicly calling for it almost two months ago. In February, Apfa published a press release calling on the NAO to conduct a value for money audit on the FSCS’s strategic projects. The […]

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Bellpenny adds £31m in assets with latest advice firm deal

Bellpenny has agreed a deal to acquire the business of Winchester-based IFA City Wealth Management for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition adds £31m in assets under advice and sees 100 active clients transfer over to Bellpenny. City Wealth Management adviser and director Andrew Gibson will not be joining Bellpenny, but will work with Bellpenny to […]

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Sam Rees-Adams: Mastering the art of communication

Financial planning, like any other people business, relies on communication and the power of the exact words you use should never be underestimated. The planning process affords many different opportunities to communicate with clients, both verbally and in writing. Some forms of communication you have complete control over (website, client brochures) while others have information […]

Trusts: Easier than you think?

Protection providers often extol the benefits of placing plans in trust. The advantages for clients are widely recognised and numerous – inheritance tax mitigation, avoiding probate delay, controlling claim proceeds, and so the long, familiar list continues. Yet, dismissed as unnecessary form-filling, or simply viewed as irrelevant in the context of a mortgage sale, less […]

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