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Sell UK insurance arms, UBS tells Pru

Prudential’s stockbroker UBS has suggested that the life office should sell its UK insurance operations in a cash for shares merger deal and says the obvious buyer is Resolution.

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The Government is considering taxing cash “sweeteners” used by trustees to persuade employees to transfer out of final-salary schemes. Peter Askins, a senior off- icial at the Department for Work, is thinking about a range of options to clamp down on the growing trend of firms offering cash ind- ucements to employees to manage down […]

PR is a goody sport

A good hostess will always go beyond the call of duty to please her journalist guests, even if it means getting told off as a result. Mitchell Moneypenny PR Sarah Wakefield was assisting a rather inebriated financial hack (not from MM, we are hasten to add), as she exited The Exchange press party last week, […]

Government to build additional 100,000 new homes

Housing Minister Yvette Cooper has confirmed up to 100,000 new homes will be built in areas considered “new growth points”.The proposals are designed to enable more first time buyers onto the property ladder. Cooper says: “If we don’t build more homes less than a third of today’s ten-year-olds will be able to afford a place […]

Bright Grey extends life and CI terms

Bright Grey is to extend the maximum term of its life and critical-illness cover from 25 years up to 40 years in response to demands from advisers wanting longer-term protection for their clients. The changes will take place at the end of October and reviewable rate life or critical-illness cover will increase to a maximum […]

Life cover for life

When someone mentions whole of life plans, most people will think of a niche product that serves as an inheritance tax planning tool for high-net-worth clients. And it’s really not surprising they’ve been pigeonholed in that waybecause before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more or less exactly what they were. For advisers thinking […]

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