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This year's conference was certainly one to remember, featuring influential industry heads - not to mention Chancellor George Osborne and Pensions Minister Steve Webb discussing the future of British retirement. The hottest topic was of course Pension Wise, the government scheme offering free guidance to help consumers understand their pensions. With just six weeks before the biggest pension changes in history, the whole conference was on tenterhooks. Here are some of the highlights we learned:
What are your thoughts on the up coming changes? Should the government be worried? Share your thoughts here.
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Hard work only takes you so far. To excel, you also have to stand out. That's what Chris Daems believes, and it's a claim he's ready to back up. The director of Principle IFA has tried and tested many ways to get noticed in a crowded marketplace, a few of which he shares in his article 'Stand out from the crowd'. Of course, one way to get noticed is to do exactly what he's doing here.
Taking better care of your clients
How can you convince people to keep coming back to you for advice? Making sure they realise the extra value you can offer is key, so it makes sense to look closely at the added-value services on offer in the protection market.
Most providers include something extra in their plans - not just a claim payout. For example, helplines, discounts or health programmes. What might your clients value most? What we do know is that if they find themselves facing a serious illness for example, a payout can help. But money's not always the first thing on their mind.
We now offer a second medical opinion as part of our Helping Hand service which your clients can even use without making a claim. Unlike some other second medical opinion services, Helping Hand arranges face-to-face consultations with medical experts from the NHS or private sector in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
Caroline Love, a personal nurse adviser, explains the service in more detail on our website