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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.

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