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UK finance: more woe for insurers

The profit margins on long term savings will face further pressure as commissioned analyst, Ron Sandler calls for the introduction of less complex, low cost savings products. This is likely to play into the hands of banks and lead to increased consolidation in the UK life, pensions and investment market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK finance: online is a turn off

While IT spending will remain high, approaching half a billion pounds, banks and insurers will spend far more on traditional channels such as branches and call centers than they will on the Internet. In particular, they will increase spending on CRM systems to deepen the relationship they have with their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Mar 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK finance: stakeholder tensions

Barely six months after the launch of the new type of pension, pressure groups are claiming to have come up with an alternative that will 'let the government off the stakeholder hook'. But it's far from clear that stakeholder has failed as a policy. Even if it has, the government is too heavily committed to the plan to make any changes in the short term.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK finance: the FSA's jargon busting crusade

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK financial advice: FSA relaxation is just a first step

The FSA has issued a consultation paper aimed at stimulating uptake of personal pensions. Rules determining how IFAs can advise consumers on personal pensions are likely to be relaxed, however it is difficult to see how these measures will have a significant impact on market dynamics - especially as the IFA community will continue to compare different products on consumers' behalf.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK financial advice: lacking faith in the independent principle

Although IFAs dominate the distribution of life, pensions and investment products, consumers do not view them in the same light as larger financial services institutions, such as high street banks. The likely changes to the polarization of financial advice will further weaken the position of IFAs versus bancassurers.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK financial advice: more carrot, less stick

The FSA's enforcement action against David M Aaron is part of a new tougher approach from the financial regulator towards companies that misinform the public about the nature of the products that they sell. However a more positive way to safeguard investors may be through rewarding financial advisers for good performance.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK financial advice: multi-ties will favor the banks

Banks' share of the regulated product market has fallen since 1997, but this is set to change. The FSA's plans to remove the distinction between independent and tied financial advice will increase the banks' competitiveness: they will strengthen their distribution capabilities and partner with leading product manufacturers in the life, pension and investment markets.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK financial advice: will Sesame toast panel success?

The UK's leading IFA network Sesame has this week launched its multi-tie proposition after months of speculation over which providers will be included on its panel. While over time, the multi-tie approach to financial advice should catch on within the IFA community, Sesame's move may have come a bad time for the company ahead of its imminent sale.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK financial services industry: transparency in product information is vital to regaining trust

The global financial downturn has cast doubt upon the integrity of the financial services industry. Consequently, openness and honesty are in demand from consumers who want simple, straightforward information from their providers. While some banks are taking steps to increase transparency, more needs to be done by all providers if they want to gain, and retain, the trust of consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2010

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