It's not just the Olympics that will make headlines in Britain next year - the gender pricing directive comes into force in 14 months. So what should IFAs do now to prepare for it? Duncan Heald investigates
UK men and women are equal on financial product decisions in the UK, but there are stark regional differences, a new research partnership has found.
Last week, COVER's sister title Mortgage Solutions examined the key issues in the protection industry, with insight and analysis from experts across the sector.
A senior City of London Police detective has been appointed to lead the specialist insurance fraud police unit.
The Competition Commission's first set of remedies for payment protection insurance (PPI) were introduced on Saturday.
David Child has taken over the role of Lifesearch managing director from Tom Baigrie, who moves to become chief executive of the company.
PruProtect has called critics of its desire for protection to be made compulsory as being "defeatist" and argued that the need is "very clear".
Every time the NHS comes under pressure in the UK, the voices for a move to a co-payment system supported by private medical insurance (PMI) come to the fore.
Grid has argued that incentivisation is the best way for the protection market to expand - not compulsion.
In his Mortgage Solutions blog, Connells mortgage services director Ross Bowen argued that protection covers more than just borrowers, helping lenders and brokers too.
PruProtect has called for protection insurance to be made compulsory and said it is already seeing signs of advisers switching to protection to anticipate the Retail Distribution Review (RDR).
LV= has added its family income benefit (FIB) plan and combined life and critical illness quotation with different sums assured to its True Potential offering.
Advisers fear their unprotected clients would be forced to live on state benefits or rack up large debt burdens should the worst happen.
Defaqto has warned that the public should not be turned off protection products following the fall out of the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal.
Families are failing to protect themselves despite being more worried than ever by the rising cost of living and falling salaries, new research has found.
Advisers do not stand alone when it comes to regulation and Europe. Paul Robertson talks to Steve White, your man in Brussels
Santander has been forced to restrict sales of protection products through its branches due to a staff training issue.
The Mortgage Market Review (MMR) could significantly affect the protection market, Swiss Re has said.
The modest-sized British Friendly has giant plans for the IP market. Its CEO Mark Myers reveals all to Paul Robertson
Never mind the stats, actuaries need to get talking to their colleagues in claims to understand the people, skills and experience, says Alex Isted
The proposed NHS reforms still pose too many questions for many people. Dominic Howard analyses pressures within the health service that need to be taken seriously
The practice of offering the holding insurer final refusal on group risk renewals is commonplace throughout the sector. But, John Ritchie asks, is it harming you and your clients' business?
HM Treasury (HMT) is suggesting simplified financial products should be defined as sellable without advice.
Jonathan Rees, director general of the Government Equalities Office, has reassured insurers there will not be a ban on age-based insurance pricing in the near future.