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‘Unipass saves users 3,700’

The vast majority of Unipass users say the digital certificates increase their daily product- ivity and make financial websites easier to use, according to Origo’s annual survey.

The research, involving almost 5,000 advisers, shows 78 per cent of users say it increases their daily productivity while 86 per cent agree that it makes financial websites easier to use.

Other findings show 79 per cent believe Unipass reduces admin overheads and 61 per cent say they use online services more often due to the system. Origo estimates that users save an average of 3,750 a year.

In another e-commerce survey, Skandia says 81 per cent of advisers believe their dependency on e-commerce will increase in coming months.

The firm found that 56 per cent of advisers already use a wrap service, with the main areas of use being quotes valuations and portfolio planning. Out of the advisers who are not currently using wrap, only 12 per cent say it is because they do not see any benefits.

Origo managing director Paul Pettitt says: “The results clearly demonstrate that using a single means of authentic-ation makes doing business online easier and that Unipass has established itself as the digital certificate of choice, allowing advisers to save time, effort and money.”

Skandia e-business marketing manager Alison Everett says: “E-business services can help advisers reduce their administration burden which can lower their costs and increase the amount of time they have available to spend advising clients.”


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IFAP survey paints bleak picture of singletons’ security

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Capita fills service gap with Webline takeover

Outsourcing giant Capita has bought adviser portal Webline and expects to launch a complete straight-through processing service for IFAs by the middle of the year. The move, revealed by Money Marketing in December, comes quickly after Cap- ita’s acquisition of back-office software provider Quay in November and a 300m deal to act as an outsourcing […]

BM urges free credit-check

BM Solutions wants the mortgage market to follow Asda’s example of paying for rejected applicants to check their credit history. The HBOS-owned lender claims the move could help generate customer loyalty and help the fight against identity theft and fraud, as customers can view all mortgage, loan and credit card applications made in their name. […]

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Pensions: trouble ahead?

The pace of change in the pension’s space has been little short of astonishing, and has left thousands of employers struggling to keep their pension policy compliant, and also on the right side of current best practice and governance. Many employers, and indeed many in the pensions industry itself, would like to see a period of no change during the next term of government. This would give all sides a chance to catch up and draw breath. 


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