A regulator for claim management firms will be selected in the next few weeks, choosing between the Claims Standards Council, a new regulator created by the Lord Chancellor or an existing body.
Personal Finance Society chairman Bob Bullivant will chair the income protection working party set up by Peter le Beau and Clive Waller. The income protection taskforce will include providers, reinsurers and intermediaries to promote public awareness of IP and to try turn round poor sales performance.
Standard & Poors has cut Skandias insurance rating from A to A- following the announcement that Old Mutuals offer is now termed unconditional.
Abbey has set up its eighth guaranteed income bond. The single-premium life insurance investment plan guarantees a fixed income and a full return of capital if the bond is held for its four-year term. Abbey is offering investors the choice of either monthly or quarterly income of 3.77 per cent a year or an annual […]
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