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Salary sacrifice »
Salary sacrifice is in the news again, rather unexpectedly. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer explained that the government 'remains concerned' about the growth of salary sacrifice arrangements and was considering whether any action was necessary. 
What consumers want: pensions freedoms and the "new normal" »
Research by the CII conducted in late 2015 on how consumers are accessing pensions following the "pensions freedoms" coming into force.
Clearer communications vital to consumer trust »
Independent research commissioned by the CII has identified that customers want greater empathy, clarity and consistency from providers when accessing their pensions under the new freedoms.
Asset protection trusts and care fees »
The last time we looked at asset protection trusts was about four years ago. Since then we have had some interesting developments both in the area of care fees and the promotion of certain types of trust.
Settlor-interested trusts »
One of the questions that is frequently asked by clients of Technical Connection relates to the liability to tax of the settlor of a trust. Many questions appear to stem from a misunderstanding of the term "settlor". This month we seek to clarify some of the issues using a case study. It is particularly relevant toUKsettlors of offshore trusts.
CII Public Affairs Update Issue 1 2016 »
The CII's Public Affairs updates contain news from Westminster and Whitehall, Europe and the regulator. This issue covers the new FCA Chief Executive, the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill and the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive.  
The Last Generation? »
An expert analysis into the issues and agreements made at the Paris climate change conference and their implications for insurance.
Disruptive Influences: Technology, politics and change in the financial sector »
'Disruptive Influences: Technology, politics and change in the financial sector' looks at the new risks emerging from this new wave of digital change and what challenges this offers for public policy regulation and wider society.
Local Institutes »
Local Institutes provide support to their members, week in, week out, in the local area and in the local market. Continuing professional development (CPD) events, training, networking opportunities and social gatherings - everything you need to establish yourself within your local insurance community, and beyond.
Fundamentals of Takaful / Re-Takaful »
In this Insurance Institute of London lecture Iqbal Asaria discusses the fundamentals of Takaful and Re-Takaful and how they relate to contemporary practice of Insurance and Re-Insurance. The interface between the two is examined.
The Journal Dec-Jan 2016 (full issue) »
The full issue of the Journal for December - January 2016. 
Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) passed and MiFID-2 nears UK implementation »
The Insurance Distribution Directive (formerly known as the re-cast Insurance Mediation Directive or IMD-2) has been passed with significant increases in consumer protection including scope and professional standards.
CII response to Financial Advice Market Review »
The CII welcomes the Government's efforts to make financial advice, in its broadest definition, accessible to all. Regardless of which service the adviser is giving, or the channel or label used, standards, training, accreditation and revalidation must be at its heart.
Recent developments in insurance contract law »
This fact file attempts to summarise the most important developments in English insurance contract law since the beginning of 1999. The number of insurance and reinsurance cases coming before the English courts has never been greater, with key issues or principles falling to be decided on regular occasions. In particular the law on utmost good faith has been transformed by the courts.
The Senior Insurance Managers Regime explained »
In this Faculty video we look at the impending Senior Insurance Managers Regime (SIMR) from the Prudential Regulatory Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority outlining the changes to conduct rules and the reformed approved persons regime. The new regime. which comes into effect from March 2016, with some apsects in place from January 2016, will impact not only board members but those undertaking key functions and should be understood by all those in or seeking to step up to, senior roles.

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