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Protection plan

Does the shadow of the RDR fall on the protection and mortgage markets too? The question is being asked in the marketplace but the answer is simple.

At present, it does not directly. Of course, if you impose a model on a business that advises on investments and pensions and it also offers other products, it must have an impact.

It might also be an opportunity for mortgage brokers in the realm of primary advice. But it will do no harm for protection and mortgage market specialists to muster their arguments.

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