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We need to talk about… disruption

by Protection Review 13/01/19 Category: Comment

The second in our regular series looking at hot topics. We're trying to start a debate so it might be a little provocative. Is a tech giant or a global brand about to bulldoze its way into UK protection and disrupt the market from under our feet? We’ve all had the conversation. It’s a frequent topic of discussion, especially over a few beers when the protection great and good come together after an event. “I’m surprised no one has done it yet,” someone will say. “The UK protection market is ripe for disruption. When will we see the Uber or…
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We need to talk about… critical Illness updates

by Protection Review 19/12/18 Comment

In this new regular series we look at hot topics and try and start a debate. And it might be a little provocative. In the first of a new series of short comment pieces from the Protection Review team, we ask how often should critical illness policies be updated? We’ve noticed some companies updating their critical illness policies two, maybe three times, a year. They add extra conditions, partial payments and definition improvements. We never criticise product improvements. After all, adding a wider range of cover and improving definitions can only be good for customers. But we know these developments…
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Iona Bain shares her thoughts on LifeSearch’s Health, Wealth and Happiness report.

by ProtectionReview 07/12/18 Blog,Comment,Latest News

How much pay would you give up to achieve a more balanced life? That’s the question that LifeSearch recently put to around 2000 adults – and the answer was highly revealing. Most of us would be theoretically happy to sacrifice some of our pay if it made us happier, and around half of us would happily give up a 5 – 10 per cent chunk of our salary. That’s equivalent to £2000 if you consider the average UK salary of £25,417. So what’s going on? Do we hate our jobs and want to spend less time doing them? Or do…
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Neil Sharp, Partner at Pen Partnership goes back the futureā€¦..

by ProtectionReview 22/10/14 Comment

It must be political party conference season again… or maybe there is an election looming? How can we tell? Well, there is the array of unfortunate photos of party leaders on the front pages looking like competitors in some kind of ‘gurning’ competition, but there is also a lot of ‘news’ regarding Inheritance Tax (IHT). IHT is a political weapon that punches above its weight when it comes to creating headlines, but also in nudging the political agenda this way and that – I recall vividly when the £1m level was first floated back in 2007, it was enough to…
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Karen Gamble considers the future of auto-enrolment for group income protection

by ProtectionReview 07/10/14 Comment

So what do we think about auto-enrolment for group income protection? Surveys are being conducted, think tanks are thinking and the specialist HR and benefits media have found another topic to write about. And of course, employers via trade organisations such as the CBI or local Chambers of Commerce will be saying NO, too soon after pensions and too expensive and not our role anyway!! But we really are only at the stage of raising this as a proposition. Let’s not get bogged down in issues of affordability, complexity, responsibility. The mere fact that is has been suggested at all…
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