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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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So what's China got to do with you?

14 August 2015
“Well it’s over there, not here, and after all every stock market has to go through a crash or two as they grow up” – is not a very helpful way of looking at what has happened to the overblown Chinese stock markets. Over recent years the two mainland stock markets and their indices, the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets, have frankly borne more resemblance to a gambling den rather than investment markets.    Read more »

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The reform of the tax treatment of dividends - part one »

This is the first of two articles on the subject of dividends and the reforms announced by the Chancellor in the Budget of 8 July 2015. In this article we look at the background to dividend taxation, how the new regime will operate from 2016/17 and the impact on individual investors.  In the second article we will look at the position for business owners and trustees.  Both articles are based on material published to date by HMRC/Treasury, which is sadly thin on detail. The necessary legislation is not due to emerge until Finance Bill 2016, so we are unlikely to learn much more until the draft Bill emerges, probably shortly after the Autumn Statement at the end of the year.

The rights of beneficiaries and challenging trustee decisions - part two »

Last month we looked at the rights of beneficiaries to information about the trust they benefit or may benefit from in the future. Having received that information, what if the beneficiary is not happy about what has happened? This month we look at the beneficiaries´ rights to challenge trustee decisions and to seek a remedy for a breach of trust. We will also consider how trustees can limit the risk of a challenge by a disgruntled beneficiary.

Market attractiveness and future prospects of the IndonesianTakaful insurance industry »

The text available here is an extract of the report "Market attractiveness and future prospects of the Indonesian Takaful insurance industry. ©Timetric. December, 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.

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