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Skandia, Friends and Axa are top with IFAs

Skandia, Friends Provident and Axa are the protection providers with the highest satisfaction ratings from IFAs on nine service areas, including commission admin and application process time, says Defaqto. Scottish Provident, Norwich Union and Bupa had the lowest satisfaction ratings but did better in the image and reputation category.

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PTA pipeline was open for a week after U-turn

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Consolidation culture

Two thousand and six has certainly been the “year of consolidation” in the adviser software market, with many of the best known software providers changing ownership.

Probe into personal account paper

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Creating opportunity out of change

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