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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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CII briefing: Budget 2015

18 March 2015
Chancellor George Osborne's final Budget before this year's General A briefing for members on the last Budget before the 2015 General Election.    Read more »

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Gender diversity »

In this Insurance Institute of London lecture Karen Green speaks about the importance of gender diversity and its impact on corporate performance. She provides an assessment of various initiatives and sets out ways to move from a broad awareness of the issue to the implementation of change.

Trusts for children - an acceptable face of tax planning? »

Given the current furore about tax avoidance and tax evasion, and the tabloids branding all manner of perfectly innocent tax planning strategies as "tax dodges", it is important to keep things in perspective. Nevertheless, some advisers may feel more comfortable with emphasising the non-tax benefits of certain arrangements. Readers of these articles will already be aware of the author's views on the practical advantages of using trusts. When it comes to provision for young children (and this will, of course, include grandchildren) a trust will often be a must - both when planning during lifetime and following death.

Cash is king, but at a cost »

Most interest rates around the world are at, or close to, all time lows. The extreme case is Switzerland, where the national bank has set anegativebase rate of -0.75%; meaning that it charges to take cash deposits. The reasoning behind central banks setting low or negative interest rates is complex, but two broad aims are:

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 »