Skandia paid out on 89 per cent of critical-illness claims in the last 12 months, up by 1 per cent on the last year. Two per cent were declined for non-disclosure and 9 per cent because the claim did not meet policy definitions.
Sesame members have reacted angrily to the prospect that they could be moved under a third parent group in less a year if the proposed merger of Friends Provident and Resolution goes ahead.Friends only acquired the support services provider from Misys in March in a £90m deal and regulatory approval was given in June. That […]
Focus Solutions Group is announcing a contract extension with HSBC Bank.The contract is worth £322,000 and relates to consultancy services, which will be carried out in 2008, to assist in the scoping and analysis of requirements for the second half of a major new project being undertaken by the bank.Focus is already developing a sales […]
There is a fad to describe something that is clear as being transparent or, more usually, something that is unclear as not transparent, as in “the charging structure is not transparent” rather than “the charging structure is not clear”. The point about transparency is that you can see through it to something on the other […]
One aspect of this market that has remained remarkably consistent has been the level of corporate activity. This is despite the growing belief that private equity deals may be more difficult to put together due to the state of the credit market. The move on Sainsbury by Delta Two, not strictly a private equity group although sharing many of the characteristics, will involve a fair amount of borrowing. These operators may see market value that the more nervous among us believe is no longer present.
Loomis Sayles Senior Equity Strategist, Richard Skaggs, discusses what the key takeaways were for global markets during Q2 2016 and also talks about what may lie ahead for the second half of 2016. Click here for full article: Loomis Whitepaper
Financial advisers waste almost five hours a week doing menial tasks, according to a study by adviser tech platform Advicefront. With an average hourly wage of £46.38, one hour in eight is spent on unnecessary tasks and costs advisers £220 per week in wasted time. The survey asked advisers how much time they spend weekly on […]
Last week, the excellent Money Marketing Interactive Harrogate event took place, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the panel on diversity in advice. Last week also saw the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. “If it had been Lehman Sisters rather than Lehman Brothers, the world might look a lot different […]
The total value of pension transfers fell from £10.6bn in the first quarter of the year to £8.2bn in the second quarter, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. According to AJ Bell, this is the first drop in value of pension transfers since the second quarter of 2016. The figures coincide with […]