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A collection of technical and market information to support and inform CII and Personal Finance Society members – both those working in the industry and those undertaking their professional qualifications
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Political risk

18 November 2014
This Insurance Institute of London lecture examines how the victims of confiscation, nationalisation and expropriation can obtain recoveries against sovereign states via bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and how Political Risk insurers may exercise such rights by way of subrogation.    Read more »

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Consumer trends - barbell preferences? »

There is a portfolio construction technique known as a "barbell strategy" which bond traders often use. It involves focussing the portfolio on only very short maturity bonds and very long maturity bonds in order to take advantage of mispricing. So as opposed to putting all of your portfolio in a 10 year bond, you might put 50% in a 20 year bond and 50% in a 3-month bond. The 3-month section gives flexibility, as it will behave like cash - which gives the opportunity to take more risk with the other 50%. Ideally, you end up with a portfolio that performs better than just holding a 10 year bond.

Trustees' powers, will trusts, and improved spouse's rights under intestacy »

The Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 (referred to in this article as "the Act") came into force on 1 October 2014.  It applies in England and Wales.

A simpler way of calculating inheritance tax on trusts - part three »

This is the third in the series of articles on HMRC's proposals to simplify the calculation of inheritance tax (IHT) in respect of the ten-year anniversary (periodic) and exit charges on relevant property trusts established on or after 7 June 2014.

Recent additions to the CII library »

A list of recent book purchases by month, from May 2012 onwards. To view these and the full print collection, please visit the library catalogue. Most of these books can be borrowed by CII members, and a postal service is available. For further information, please contact the library at or call 0207 417 4415/3574.

Insurance Institute of London

The Insurance Institute of London (IIL) aims to raise the levels of professional knowledge of those working in insurance in London and assists members in their career development and supports the role and work of the CII. Podcasts, videos and lecture notes from past IIL lectures are available on this site.

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Policy and Public Affairs

The CII is committed to enhancing the reputation and standing of the insurance and financial services sector. To support this, Policy and Public Affairs produce material covering a wide range of subjects including UK and European regulation, industry developments, legislation and regular public affairs updates.

Policy research »