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Piece of the PI will be welcome boost

The first captive insurer offering professional indemnity insurance

solely to IFAs is about to emerge.

The news will come as a relief to many IFAs and hopefully inject life

into a moribund market. It will not offer an overnight solution nor a

return to significantly lower levels of premiums.

It may help some IFAs get cover and even allow better estimates of

the true cost of getting PI from an insurer that can give the IFA

market its full attention.

What any captive will not necessarily provide is an answer for

advisers deemed to have poor case histories. Nor will it necessarily

help the FSA square the potential unfairness between IFAs which have

paid through the nose for PI but are, in effect, self-insuring and

those granted a waiver. But any boost is welcome.


New illustrations give even less incentive to save

So now we have the real pension projections, which will make the hilllook steeper and the accumulated funds look smaller. If the powersthat be really believe this is going to be an incentive to themajority to increase their savings efforts, then they really are asstupid as we fear.I wonder if, in formulating their policies, they […]

10 steps to put personal pensions back on the map

In view of the Government&#39s continuing inability/wilful resistance totake simple, practical measures to make personal pensions moreattractive to the ordinary man in the street (who, as we all know, isutterly turned off them), here are my 10 suggestions for achievingthis:•Restore waiver of premium cover as an integrated supplement,with tax relief on the premiums and a […]

T&G creates residential property trust for pensions

Teather & Greenwood has created an exempt unit trust that enables self-invested personal pensions (Sipps) and small self-administered schemes (SSAS) to invest indirectly in residential property. Property Investment for Pensions will invest in a portfolio of around 250 furnished properties in London and the surrounding suburbs. These areas were chosen because rental yields tend to […]

&#39Poor protection service hitting IFA businesses&#39

Poor levels of service in the protection sector are holding back IFAbusiness, according to research by Bright Grey.The new protection provider, which is set to start taking businessnext week after a year-and-a-half&#39s preparation, says it will putservice at the core of its proposition.Its survey of 100 IFAs, conducted last week, says 68 per cent of […]

Tech IPOs: The outlook in 2017

Ali Unwin, CTO & Fund Manager, Neptune 2016 was a weak year for technology IPOs – only 13 US venture-backed tech IPOs hit the market, in spite of fairly high public market valuations and investor appetite. Will 2017 be different, asks Neptune CTO & Fund manager Ali Unwin. Click here for article Important Information Investment risks Neptune […]


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