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  • TDQ – Powers of Attorney

    1 November 2018

    The incidence of Powers of Attorney being tested in CII exams AF1 and J02 are high, so make sure you are prepared, says Catriona Standingford of Brand Financial Training Powers of Attorney is tested in CII AF1 (personal tax and trust planning) and CII J02 (Trusts). Within the syllabus for J02 learning outcome 4...

  • Benefits for employers providing access to financial advice

    18 October 2018

    Employers who provide financial advice to their employees will benefit their businesses and could save themselves money, research by Chase de Vere has shown. In contrast, those who don’t could find they disadvantage their businesses as a result, the wealth manager and corporate adviser says. The research found that 83% of employers believed financial...

  • New protection comparison functionality scores policies most likely to pay out

    8 October 2018

    The Finance & Technology Research Centre (F&TRC)  has launched a new functionality within its Quality Analyser system, enabling advisers an paraplanners to compare critical illness policies based on personal circumstances, age, gender and the term of the plan. There are currently over 200 different conditions covered by CI products, making it increasingly difficult for...

  • Consumer scepticism of protection products needs to be tackled

    19 September 2018

    Many consumers remain sceptical about the level of insurance claims paid out, new research from Aegon has shown.  An overwhelming 92% of people believed the UK insurance industry pays out less than 90% of protection claims each year, with just 8% believing the figure was higher than that. Aegon labeled the findings “disturbingly low”...

  • Monthly income preferred over lump sum insurance payouts

    21 August 2018

    The majority of people would prefer insurance that pays a monthly income rather than a lump sum, new research by Aegon has shown.  The insurance giant said 58% of people expressed a preference for monthly payments. To meet this demand, Aegon has added critical illness (CI) family income benefit (FIB) and life with CI...

  • Aegon pays out £2.3m in skin cancer claims

    15 August 2018

    Insurer flags need for early identification and ‘thorough’ approach to application forms.   Skin cancer accounted for 8% of all cancer-related claims in 2017 received by Aegon. While it wasn’t the most common type of cancer-related critical illness claim, the insurance and pensions provider paid out £2.3 million in skin cancer critical illness claims...

  • Call for statutory regulation of pre-paid funeral plans

    12 August 2018

    Funeral plan provider Golden Charter has called for the Funeral Planning Authority to be given the power of statutory regulation of pre-paid funeral plans, arguing it would better serve IFA and consumer interests. The group says providing the FPA with enhanced powers would provide the funeral market with a focused regulator. According to Golden...

  • Old Mutual Wealth boosts critical illness cover with 80 enhancements

    6 August 2018

    Old Mutual Wealth has announced that it has made nearly 80 enhancements to its critical illness cover, enabling more clients to make claims. The company, which is part of wealth management group Quilter plc, said changes included a combination of new medical conditions, enhancements to payment conditions, improvements to children’s cover and clearer definitions....