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PMI charges deemed unhealthy

Moves to contain the cost of private medical insurance may lead to inadequate standards of healthcare, according to William Mercer.

The human resource consultancy said plans which provide cheaper premiums through restricted hospital lists may backfire on insurers and sponsoring employees.

William Mercer say legal cases in the US show these “managed health plans” were not giving patients adequate healthcare. Its survey shows 45 per cent of people covered by private health insurance participate in restricted hospital networks.

A William Mercer spokesperson says: “Its only a matter of time before UK insurers and employers could face some form of liability claims.”


The business is not enough

The proposed improvements to taper relief for business assets willprobably engender some excitement among business owners “with a view to asell” – to use Bond (that&#39s James, not investment) phraseology.But if business owners believe the improvement in taper relief adds to thecredence of the argument that “my business is my pension”, they should bereminded that […]

Building societies lose out on equity Isas

Savers are shunning building society access account for stocks and shares, a Mercury Asset Management survey has revealed.The fund manager&#39s insight on UK investors shows three in ten savers believing stocks and shares give the best returns over five years, while one in five believe the same of building society instant access savings accounts.A Mercury […]

Portman decision on carpetbaggers

Carpetbagger target Portman Building Society is set to announce whether conversion resolutions forwarded by anti-mutual parties are valid this week.Both Portman, Skipton and Chelsea Building Societies are being targeted by website organisers who are campaigning to convert the societies into banks.But Skipton and Chelsea are not expected to make announcements on their conversion resolutions […]

Interest rate rise forecast

The continuing strength of the housing market may trigger the Bank of England to raise interest rates, according to experts.Net mortgage lending rose by £1.59bn in November, while the British Building Societies Association reported a £809m hike in mortgage advances by its members, compared with a rise of £671m the previous month. This suggests house […]

Martin Foden discusses how convenience is affecting the construction of fixed income portfolios

In this short video, Martin Foden, head of credit research at Royal London Asset Management, discusses how convenience is affecting the construction of fixed income portfolios. Watch the video in full The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not […]


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